In September, after more than a year of hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the stylish set returned to the city for fashion week, adorning the streets like so many birds of paradise. We recently spoke with artist Malika Favre about her new cover for Fall Style & Design Issue and her quest for balance and goodness in her artistic process.
What inspired this picture? Did you refer to Rodin’s “The Thinker”?
It was not a direct reference, but I have always loved “The Thinker.” With this image, I wanted to contrast the movement of the dress with a very calm bag to create a sense of balance and strength.
How do you know when a picture is done?
It’s a magical moment. I parried down and refined this piece line by line, curve by curve, until I felt there was nothing more to add. There is such beauty in simplicity.
Your style is so distinctive. Have you always had it? Are there any older pieces from your oeuvre that make you laugh now?
I think my sensitivity to shapes, colors and geometry was always there, but my eye had to mature. It took me twenty-five years to find my style and another ten to refine it. Of course, there are some pieces from the beginning that make me cringe a little now, but for the most part I look at them with tenderness – without them I would not be where I am today.
Did your way of dressing change at all during the lockdown?
Not so much. I have always been a fashion lover and I have an incredible wardrobe, but the truth is that I work in pajamas most days. This was true even before the pandemic. I like to dress up for big occasions: a party, an opening, a romantic dinner and when I’m on holiday.
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