The Dévastée show was set on a beautiful Parisian afternoon, and as you entered the private courtyard of the Nikki Diana Marquard Galerie, there was a sense of serenity, whilst women, including myself, tried to manoeuvre our sky-high-heels over the cobblestone path in a graceful, swanlike way. Inside the Galerie, the stage was set with a monochrome, playful illustration of the Aoyama Cemetery, inspired by their time in Japan, suggestive of the show to come.
Even though Ophélie Klère and François Alary play on morbid themes, they do it in a playful and quirky way, enticing a smile rather than a frown upon onlookers. Here you won’t find your typical ghouls and goblins, but smiling ghost-like characters and monochrome florals which the pair have turned into a brocaded pattern.
They have an effortless, hipster vibe around them partnered with notes of sophistication, evident in the tailoring of their jackets and shorts. It’s like the Dévastée girl just rolled out of bed and looked chic and cool without even trying.