“Courage makes us all stronger. Go jump out of a plane, go tell someone you care about what you really think, do something that scares the hell out of you all the time.”
L’ecole des Femmes is a unique, fun and sexy fashion brand brought into being by Laura Sfez, who was raised between Paris and Los Angeles. The influences of those two very different places regarding fashion and lifestyle, have shaped her design. “My influences in each come from what i like best in each.” Relaxed Californian style meets Paris chic. We had a wonderful and honest talk with the strong-minded designer.
L’ecole des Femmes´ aim is to make woman feel unique, fun, sexy and beautiful.. Which woman you know ( actress, model, friends) embodies all this for you in the best way?
I honestly don’t know anyone i think of that way. A woman should have personal style and I don’t see anyone who embodies these qualities using their own personality. There are girls dressing this way, but to me, not women.
You said that you are influenced both by Paris your native town and Los Angeles where you were also partly raised. How would you describe the main vibe of both places in terms of fashion and lifestyle?
These are so different. People who live in Paris have a different function for their wardrobe. They are out in a very social playground daily where attire is important and judged on many levels. People in Los Angeles are in a less social and exposed city — it’s also California and very relaxed. My influences in each come from what I like best in each. I love Paris’ fashion and then I grew up highly exposed to american cinema. What I take from Los Angeles is the fashion in hollywood (movies).
“I think in movies and I live for adventure and it’s poetry.” Tell us one of the movies that has made a big impact on you? And one poetic moment in your life recently?
Indiana Jones got me on every level. The music, visuals, camera work, fashion and character is everything a great movie should be. I love the classic and timeless aspect of it as well. Standing my ground more than ever in my life on all levels has been poetic as of late. It’s never too late to turn one’s life completely around. If someone would have told me four years ago that I would be doing something I love today, I never would have believed it.
Why did you chose to do fashion as a tool of art instead of f.e film which you are also really into?
I am making videos incorporating my style, writing and direction. Hollywood was very difficult to get into as a writer and one has little to no control over their writing. I am creating a platform to express myself in every way. I do not limit myself to design and enjoy photography very much in addition to writing, so this is truly the best outlet for me.
Your most courageous decision in life so far?
Accepting and admitting that someone I loved was a monster and divorcing him. I think it’s sad in retrospect that it took courage on my part to make such a decision. The me NOW as a result can see that so clearly and how deeply involved I was to accept being controlled and abused. I was blinded by the pain and the desperate need for relief, seeking both from the same source. If one even suspects that their relationship shouldn’t be so harmful, be brave and bear the pain to get out. The reward is big. I’m the strongest me I’ve ever been. Courage makes us all stronger. Go jump out of a plane, go tell someone you care about what you really think, do something that scares the hell out of you all the time.
The biggest regret? Absolutely no regrets in life. The good the bad, the stupid. None of it.
Where do see yourself in the future? On vacation in Italy.