Alexander Wang Confessional: Aymeline

In the second installment of Alexander Wang’s video confessional series, French model Aymeline Valade opens Wang’s Fall 2011 runway show & unwinds at home on a giant swing as she discusses approaching fashion like an actress. Directed by Peter Szollo

Released on 6/13/2013

Credits

Starring: Aymeline Valade

Transcript

00:00
(tense music)
00:17
I'm doing fashion because I love to express myself.
00:24
Fencing, basketball, athletics, handball, volleyball,
00:28
I did like 1000 of sport, and I need to use my body,
00:31
and I feel good to use my body, to express with my body.
00:38
Bye-bye.
00:39
[Man] Bye.
00:43
(people laughing)
00:47
Ick.
00:48
This is New York.
00:49
Thank you very much.
00:51
Okay.
00:53
So today I have to guesting then Alexander Wang.
01:02
Everything starts in Montpelier, out of the south of France.
01:07
I'm born there, but I never lived there.
01:10
Then we moved to Paris, then we moved to Aix-en-Provence,
01:12
then we moved to Paris, then we moved Tournefeuille,
01:16
then we moved to Paris, then we moved to Mulhouse,
01:18
then we moved to Paris.
01:19
I was moving all the time because serving my dad
01:22
was in the army, so the different mission he had,
01:25
we had to move to the place.
01:29
When you see the modeling industry, you see
01:31
all these characters, strong and similar.
01:34
So I thought I will have to be this woman like
01:39
full of woman attitude, you know,
01:41
like being like pow pow,
01:43
but this is much more 80s modeling,
01:47
and today in 2011, thank you, you can be much more normal.
01:56
The role of a model is to be like a clay
02:01
that the photographer, the designer or whatever,
02:05
like can sculpt, and you have to be very flexible,
02:09
and very passion because you actually let the people
02:14
have the time to find one they want the way
02:17
they want to do it.
02:20
Here I just have to be myself.
02:22
I just have to walk the way I walk and then nothing special.
02:25
It's not like this kind frame where you have to be full it,
02:29
it doesn't have that here, it's just like, bam bam bam,
02:32
strong woman, it's a character with, like, like a trooper.
02:38
(laughs)
02:41
This is just perfect, right?
02:43
When you get home.
02:44
Get a relax.
02:45
I love to do it like this.
02:47
Ugh.
02:51
Mm.
02:53
Tomorrow, tomorrow we're gonna do the hair,
02:57
so we do gonna do the hair.
03:01
And after we're gonna sit.
03:05
We're gonna see what they've done.
03:06
But me, I'm already in pajama, au revoir, good night.
03:13
(relaxed music)
03:18
First of all, it's not me on the picture, it's a character.
03:22
It's the character they built to tell the story
03:26
for the show.
03:28
My role in this is to understand the character,
03:32
to know what you have to look like or you have to behave,
03:37
the way you have to stand, the way you have to sit,
03:39
and for that, I just use my general knowledge
03:45
in different art, movie, literature, whatever.
03:49
Everything kinda like, everything gives you inspiration.
03:53
(upbeat electronic music)
04:02
It's not that easy to fit to all the brands.
04:04
The girls who can fit to all the brands
04:06
is because this capacity of transformation, of adaptation.
04:12
You have to catch this period of each brand
04:15
and put yourself in the character of each brand,
04:19
and that's the clever part,
04:21
and that's the creative part,
04:23
to find how being yourself in each character of each brand
04:28
but still being yourself.
04:44
It's a kind of talent, you know.
04:46
And fashion is fashion, but it's first of all,
04:51
giving to the people the opportunity to express themselves
04:55
without having to speak,
04:57
'cause when you dress this thing or this thing,
04:59
you're already speaking about yourself.
05:05
That was was really great.
05:06
That was great, really.
05:09
I'm full of adrenaline now.
05:10
Like, you can see my insides shaking.
05:15
That's pretty exciting.
05:18
So we're all stuck in the traffic in the middle of nowhere.
05:20
(woman speaking in foreign language)
05:21
Trying to get a cab.
05:23
It's getting crazy.
05:24
(group laughs)
05:25
That was a nice show, by the way.
05:27
[Man] And you're open, huh?
05:28
Huh?
05:29
Hello.
05:30
Hello, excuse me! (laughs)
05:35
(heavy electronic music)