People

Aymeline Valade

She worked for an advertising agency before she was spotted skateboarding on the streets of Paris. A classically trained dancer, Aymeline Valade soon found herself showing up to a Balenciaga casting in a Grateful Dead T-shirt and getting an undercut by Guido Palau. She is determined and witty and likes to get back to Paris as often as possible. Our always muse, we captured her before she traded her dark locks for a shock of ice blonde. An object of desire for Craig McDean, Mert & Marcus, Lagerfeld and Testino, she lives by the notion “the show must go on” and takes her cues from nobody at all.

 

RICHARD CHAI blouse and pants; YEOJIN BAE bra; hat from Universal Warehouse; DOLCE & GABBANA shoes (worn throughout).
RICHARD CHAI blouse and pants; YEOJIN BAE bra; hat from Universal Warehouse; DOLCE & GABBANA shoes (worn throughout).
JOSH GOOT jacket and shirt.
JOSH GOOT jacket and shirt.

“When I first arrived in Nice I had to take the bus a lot. I hated riding the bus and I saw a guy on a skateboard outside of the window. I realised it was the most pragmatic way to go.”

BURBERRY sweater; MAISON MICHEL lace ears.
BURBERRY sweater; MAISON MICHEL lace ears.
MICHAEL KORS bodysuit; LOVER trousers.
MICHAEL KORS bodysuit; LOVER trousers.

 

 

Your greatest travel adventure was? Crossing Kenya and Tanzania via Mount Kilimanjaro. What are you obsessed with right now? Obsessions are not healthy. When did you know what you wanted to do? I still don’t know what I want to do. My only motivation is to simply make beautiful things or at least to evoke interesting emotions. I really believe in the positive impact emotions can grant when viewing any kind of aesthetic expression. It makes people feel better. Fashion gives opportunities to every woman to find out their style and have better self-respect, which is one of the reasons I like it. As far as what I want to do, I just want to concentrate on now and do what seems right.

 

 

3.1 PHILLIP LIM jumpsuit; DOLCE & GABBANA shirt.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM jumpsuit; DOLCE & GABBANA shirt.
COLLETTE DINNIGAN blouse: YEOJIN BAE skirt and bra; MAISON MICHEL hat.
COLLETTE DINNIGAN blouse: YEOJIN BAE skirt and bra; MAISON MICHEL hat.
DION LEE top; GAIL SORRONDA shirt; 3.1 PHILLIP LIM pants; equestrian ties by Ellerslie Custom Blankets.
DION LEE top; GAIL SORRONDA shirt; 3.1 PHILLIP LIM pants; equestrian ties by Ellerslie Custom Blankets.

 

 

Who are you style influences? Nobody. I am more inspired by terms like street, roots, rock, modern, dark, nature, light, classic, minimal, elegant and sobriety. Who or what did you want to be when you grew up? I never thought on those terms; I just wanted to be happy. If you had your time over, would you do anything differently? I don’t think so. I believe that things happen the way they have to happen. What surprises you? The miracle of life, it’s so incredible we exist.

 

 

DRIES VAN NOTEN jacket and pants; DOLCE & GABBANA hat.
DRIES VAN NOTEN jacket and pants; DOLCE & GABBANA hat.
CHANEL jacket, blouse and pants; MAISON MICHEL lace ears.
CHANEL jacket, blouse and pants; MAISON MICHEL lace ears.

“My style evolves constantly depending on the environment but it always suits my personality and my mood of the moment. It’s like a body language.”

TONI MATICEVSKI dress; LOVER pants.
TONI MATICEVSKI dress; LOVER pants.
LOVER dress and pants; YEOJIN BAE bra; equestrian tie by Ellerslie Custom Blankets.
LOVER dress and pants; YEOJIN BAE bra; equestrian tie by Ellerslie Custom Blankets.
ALEXANDER WANG shirt; DOLCE & GABBANA pants; hat from Universal Warehouse.
ALEXANDER WANG shirt; DOLCE & GABBANA pants; hat from Universal Warehouse.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM jumpsuit; DOLCE & GABBANA shirt.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM jumpsuit; DOLCE & GABBANA shirt.

PHOTOGRAPHY Will Davidson @ MAP
CREATIVE DIRECTION Stevie Dance
MAKEUP Chiho Omae @ Frank Reps
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANTS Benedict Brink, Andrew Peters and Nyra Lang
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Sasha Kelly