Filep Talks Fashion

Our long term collaborator Filep Motwary shares his take on current fashion scene.

Cyprus-Syria origins Motwary started off his career assisting as a stylist for the Greek editions of L’Officiel and Vogue. He moved to fashion design and worked for prestigious houses like John Galliano, Christian Dior and Chloé

in mid 2000. Since 2005, Motwary is behind the three times awarded page Un nouVeau iDEAL and has been included in Prestel’s “The World’s Top Fashion Blogs” edited by Susie Bubble and William Oliver in 2011. As a photographer he has been collaborating with since 2011,,, New Yorker's THE CUT, Boycott, TheStimuleye among others.

  • Q1:What are you most excited about lately?
  • I am deeply happy for the return of John Galliano through Maison Martin Margiela. I feel the results from this collaboration will be explosive.

  • Q2: What’s your latest purchase of fashion and beauty item?
  • I just got myself “Extravagance Russe”, a perfume from the series by Diana Vreeland and wonderfully cut leather jacket by JUUN J.

    Juun’s men collection for FW14/15 was just incredible. Everything about it consisted on manhood and the beauty of a man’s attire.

  • Q3:What’s the ultimate fashion/beauty/art item that you’d like to own?
  • The SUMO book by Helmut Newton in its original gigantic size and also Madonna’s SEX by Steven Meisel, which someone once “borrowed” and never returned.

    Also for the moment I am looking for my next vase buy, as I collect rare Murano vases from the 1960’s and 1970’s era, after being inspired by a close friend who has the same mania.

  • Q4: What is your latest inspiration?
  • Converting my collection of video archives, from the period of 1993 to 2000, from VHS to digital. I rediscover the reasons why I got involved in Fashion.

  • Q5:How was your experience during the SS15 shows in Paris?
  • It seems that designers want to bring back the element of emotion for the SS15 season through their collections. Dries Van Noten had an army of models laying on a custom-made carpet from Argentina for his finale while birds were singing, creating the most relaxing atmosphere. Rick Owens' models walked to the sounds of Waldermar Malicki's wonderful piano prelude. Undercover came up with a fairytale, ending the show with models wearing swan wings. Anna Dello Russo gave a beautiful performance dancing her own interpretation of Swan Lake, wearing Juun Takahashi's black wings driving street-photographers to frenzy. Chloé came up with a brand new attitude, Saint Laurent is THE ATTITUDE, Yohji Yamamoto presented his sexy side and Comme Des Garcons kept for us yet another surprise to fall in love with.The SS15 seems to be more than interesting, with so many beautiful things to choose from. I loved every minute of it.

    All photography by Filep Motwary ©
    Filep Motwary portrait by Rene Habermacher