About the brand: Fête Impériale Fascinated by the open and uninhibited spirit of the nineteenth century in Paris, as well as the decadence of the wild nights of the 80s Laura Gauthier Petit decided to inject some liveliness and freshness into Parisian fashion. In the summer of 2015, she confidently launched Fête Impériale then announced it conspicuously on the walls of the capital. Her creative genius is nourished by the cultural richness of the Second Empire and its baroque architecture which she reproduces with accuracy and makes accessible to everyone. Mixing the erotic and aesthetic references from the Belle Epoque with the insurrectionary casualness of the punk movement of the 80s, Fête Impériale breaks traditional rules and plays with contrasts. Laura is inspired by great women who started from nothing and worked single-handedly to make a name for themselves. The clothes are fluid and the cut is androgynous. Each print is unique and has been conceived, designed and created by an artist. Perfecto leather, thick cotton dresses inspired by nineteenth century upholstery, fabulous tube skirts and trench bathrobes: Fête Impériale is characterised by an anti-academic style with hidden symbols.
The designer sees her brand as a creative group of friends. For her publications or in collaborations for her L’Imperialist magazine, she uses artists that she likes because of what they do and because of who they are. Free to make her own choices, she professes: “Do what you love with people you like”.