Parisian seduction by Pallas, finalist in the ANDAM awards 2015
Numéro met up with talented tailor Daniel Pallas and his partner, finalists in the ANDAM awards.
Since 2013, the tailor Daniel Pallas and his partner have been showing their own collections comprising masculine/feminine ready-to-wear which they make in their workshops. The Pallas label’s contemporary sophistication won them a place among the finalists in the ANDAM awards.
Numéro: How did you go about launching your own collections and developing your brand?
Daniel Pallas: My workshop was making prototypes for fashion houses like Balenciaga at the time when Nicolas Ghesquière was the artistic director. My father always advised me to design my own models on the side, and that’s what I did. The first Pallas collection was launched in winter 2013, on the theme of the tuxedo for women. The Belgian model Hannelore Knuts helped us with her eye and fashion sense to make the pieces more seductive and more contemporary. After having worked with Violetta Sanchez and Vanessa Traina Snow, we’re currently collaborating with Allegria Torassa, a designer who worked for a long time in the Balenciaga studio with Nicolas Ghesquière.
Our brand is atypical: it’s the emblem of ‘made in Paris’ and of a timeless slow fashion.
Numéro: Your style has evolved towards what you might call a more ‘fashion’ tonality. Is this Allegria Torassa’s influence we’re seeing?
Daniel Pallas: Allegria naturally fitted right in when she came - there’s a very strong creative affinity between us. She was able to shape our language without distorting it. So we widened our vocabulary towards daytime ready-to-wear: trench coat, pant suit, skirt. For the summer collection we brought in bright pink in counterpoint to white and navy blue, and looser cuts for winter 2015-16.
Numéro: You didn’t go to ANDAM, they came to you. What would you say caught their attention? And how do you envisage your future development?
Daniel Pallas: We make everything in our own workshops in Paris, so our brand is atypical, the emblem of “made in Paris” and of a timeless “slow fashion,” and is already being sold on Net-a-porter, at the Bon Marché or at Barney’s. We’re currently developing our basics: high-quality ready-to-wear tailoring. The tuxedos will still be available, but will be made on commission. We’ve brought out a line of shirts that furthers the idea of masculine/feminine, and we hope to continue to develop our products.
Interview by Delphine Roche