My portrait

My portrait

Nathalie Chaize a woman like no other

Meeting Nathalie Chaize in person for the first time, one is really surprised to notice how well the brand bears its name.  Her artistic leanings were shaped early by the family peregrinations.  Morocco, Zaire, the whole of Africa and later, Asia and Cuba were an education in observation and the intuition of form and also developed this inalienable taste for colours, light and the feminine form – so many fragrances which still bewitch, even in the most modern creations.  In the mean time, there was another encounter with a capital ‘A’ as in Architecture and the development of the ideas of logical construction, delicacy and, above all, efficiency.  Today, as always, every creation must hold together, the garment keeping its femininity while working efficiently on the body.  It’s a balancing act and also knowledgeable assembly taking account of tensions, lines of force and materials.  In the cut and shape, everything must have the right proportions, without additions or overloading and avoiding excess.  There is stylistic refinement, asceticism and a mysticism peculiar to her that can loosely be called discretion. It’s a quality which attracts and holds a faithful clientele that loves the brand.  Way beyond four years of studies, architectural habits fundamentally influence her approach to her profession: bringing together the sparkle and disorder of the imagination with the necessity (perhaps reassuring) of then unravelling them to meet functional needs.  It is her way of thinking and, at the same time, doing.  It is what Natalie already wanted to do before being Nathalie Chaize.  For, doing and undoing were already present in her childhood – unpicking in order to understand how something was made so as to make it differently and in her own way – and push back the boundaries.  A garment is an entity.  It is constructed.  She is a great but modest woman, with discreet presence, respectful of others and tireless in her pursuit of what she thinks and feels.  So, she has her own ways; her presentation, her inner thoughts and her personal research, sometimes painstaking but never heavy, centred on life and feeling.  She is a fantastic woman, a creator who doesn’t feel more at home in Lyon than in Paris, more in the world of fashion than of painting, or more sociable than solitary.  Nor is she more unclassifiable than unpredictable.  The essence of her style is to be at the balancing point rather than in-between while never shirking the extremes, a point which prevents us from completely defining norms and conventions.  An anti-model, chic and sexy, calm and nervous, conventional and unpredictable, self-assured and lost to herself, Nathalie Chaize, the woman, epitomizes this delicately furtive moment of teetering.  Maintaining this balancing point is the essence of her work and, perhaps, her life. 

Original text from Thomas Masson

 

 

 

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