Interview with M.X. Paris’s Maxime Simoens Michelle Tennant April 10, 2019 MESSFashion How did you initially get involved in fashion design? During a Madonna concert in 2001 for the Drowned World Tour, JPG’s drawings inspired me, I saw a vocation in it. What sparked your interest to experiment with menswear design? After having had my own successful women’s ready-to-wear house, I wanted to set myself a new challenge by making Menswear. I tried to transpose my creative universe to dress men. In your experience, how do the creative processes of men’s fashion and haute couture design differ? For the man I attach a lot of importance to details, to finishes because we often use classical forms that I try to modernize with creation. I am used to developing my own fabrics, such as the jacquards that are present on the bomber jackets in the FW19 collection. Couture is more for dreaming, ready-to-wear is for everyday life. What is your favorite part of the creative process? What I prefer is the choice of materials and shapes, when the product becomes a reality. What inspires M.X. Paris’s aesthetic? I find my inspiration in the urban environment, American seaside cities like Los Angeles and Miami inspired the SS19 collection while New York in the 1990s inspired the FW1920 collection. Architecture and art inspire the printed materials of the collections that reflect a graphic universe. What can we expect from M.X. Paris’s presentation during the upcoming Paris men’s shows in June? You will have to wait and see! How would you describe your personal style? I wear M.X every day, it’s a casual style during the day, jeans and sneakers, then more sophisticated at night. For me, a man’s cloakroom must know how to adapt to all situations, our days are so intense, we can have three days in one, so three different looks! What advice would you give aspiring fashion designers? Be brave. Above all, multiplying experiences is the best way to succeed!