Jennifer Chambaret founded the label that bears her name with the desire to compose a wardrobe of sleek, unisex essentials. After taking part in the Tranoï show in September 2023, which spotlights young fashion talent, Jennifer Chambaret will design the outfits worn by the hostesses at the Blossom Première Vision show on 13 & 14 December. Première Vision met with the designer ahead of the show.
How did your story with fashion begin?
I’ve always loved drawing, imagining objects and observing. So I decided to study Applied Arts in high school. I first got involved in the profession when I enrolled in a Métiers d’Art course, with a costume designer option. I was attracted by the idea of creating objects and working with bodies in movement, so costume design seemed like the right path for me. A whole new world opened up then. I felt at home in the studio, a home where you come across people driven by the same passion, with a precious know-how that needs to be preserved and passed on.
That’s how I “met” with the garments. I realised that the way these objects work around the body is complex and magnificent, and that garments can become works of art. That’s what drew me to fashion. I discovered Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen and then, later, Madeleine Vionnet, Azzedine Alaïa and Yohji Yamamoto.
I enrolled at the Arts Décoratifs, in the Clothing Design sector. Project after project, my work became more precise. Fitting after fitting, I liked to notice that people felt good wearing my pieces. Little by little, this led me to the desire I have today, to accompany people by dressing them in their everyday lives.
“From sculptural pieces, I gradually moved on to no-waste models, then models cut in a single piece of material, then models with adjustable waist, then unisex models… I experimented a lot and I still am. The search for the right volume is inexhaustible! And that’s what I love most about life.”Jennifer Chambaret
What is, for you, Chambaret’s DNA?
First and foremost, Chambaret‘s DNA is a combination of elegance and comfort. Ample, flowing silhouettes, timeless pieces, a subtle sense of sensuality. It’s also about singular cuts, well though-out details and natural materials of the highest quality.
What are the main strengths of your collections?
My first two collections lay the foundations for an all-season wardrobe that already covers a wide range of products: from shirts to dresses, coats to jackets, trousers to jumpsuits, for both women and men.
Each piece has its own character and reason for existence: from the search for volume to the tiniest detail. Even for the smallest piece in the new collection, the knotted top, I worked a small, flattering drape on the front and a modular knotting system that gives this little piece all its charm, and make it very singular.
How would you describe your target audience?
The Chambaret audience has a sustainable lifestyle, and a taste for sought-after cuts and beautiful materials. They want comfortable elegance for their daily life or some of the more elegant moments of their life.
Where and how do you source your materials?
I go to Première Vision every season, of course. The show allows me to meet suppliers, see what’s being done and find inspiration in the forums.
“For my limited-edition pieces, I source mainly from deadstock (essentially end of rolls from over-production). This allows me to work with materials of exceptional quality while remaining affordable.”Jennifer Chambaret
I spend a lot of time looking at what’s out there, trying to find a gem. It’s a very stimulating inspiration phase for me. Just as a ceramist works with their different clays, I’m very much in touch with my working materials: fabrics. They’re what stimulate my volumes.
What’s your favourite material at the moment?
A matte, opaque ivory-colored silk, found at Nona Source, that I worked with for my Spring-Summer 24 collection. It has incredible movement. It’s at soft, fluid and matte, fine and opaque at the same time. They’re the qualities that inspire me to create garments that combine modesty and sensuality.
To discover the outfits designed by Jennifer Chambaret as well as all the new developments for Spring-Summer 2025, visit Blossom Première Vision on 13 & 14 December 2023.