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FashionQ&A With Zadig & Voltaire
Known for its accessible, high quality luxury clothing that brings a new meaning to casual streetwear, Zadig and Voltaire combines delicate fabrics like cashmere and washed silk with feminine lace and leather, fusing a rock spirit with bohemian style.
Thanks to the highly anticipated opening of Zadig and Voltaire’s first Australian store here at St. Collins Lane, you can now shop the latest collection fresh off the streets of Paris.
To mark the arrival of this global fashion brand, we got the inside scoop from the team at Zadig and Voltaire:
The label’s style is iconic and eccentric, where did it originate from?
Inspired by Voltaire’s “Zadig, or the Book of Fate”, and created by Thierry GIllier, renowned ready-to-wear French brand Zadig and Voltaire was inspired by the book’s protagonist Zadig and his modernity, charisma and courage.
The choice of pure and precious materials added to a stylistic signature made of a casual and rock ’n’ roll design that is immediately recognizable.
One of our earliest designs, the ‘tunisien’ – now one of our most popular t-shirts ever – was a huge part of this early identity and went on to become a best seller that paved the way for our brand’s success.
Paris is celebrating Fashion Week this week – what can we expect to see from the label’s latest showing?
A highlight is the collaboration with New York based tattoo artist Virginia Elwood, who specialises in grey portraiture and bold colourful work. Zadig and Voltaire has been a favourite of Virginia’s for many years, with the collection including pieces like snakeskin sneakers, staple biker jackets and cashmere sweaters, taking on the label’s chic and elegant rock and roll vibes.
What FW16/17 trend products are wardrobe must haves?
Essential pieces from the FW16/17 collection include Prussian blue and urban grass colour paired with soft luxury leather pieces like boyfriend trousers or the staple jacket, pictured below.
Zadig and Voltaire is now open on Ground Level at St. Collins Lane where trend-setters can get their hands on the latest pieces fresh off the Paris Fashion Week runway.