PEOPLE: Florence Tétier transforms pound shop plastics into catwalk hair ornaments
Accessories: Florence Tétier
Images: Aris Akritidis, Nicolas Coulomb, Florence Tetier
Words: Emma de Clercq
At first glance, Florence Tétier’s objects resemble strange exotic plants or sea creatures, spiky twisted whisps in acid colours and natural tones. In fact, they are accessories – hair ornaments, bangles, necklaces and earrings, described by their creator as ‘hybrid objects’. Quite the creative polymath, Paris-based Tétier is the founder and creative director of Novembre Magazine, contributing editor for Dazed Beauty and a teacher at several prestigious art colleges. All these projects are connected by Tétier’s distinctive aesthetic – a brand of anarchic, offhand chic which is at odds with more traditional, polished ideals of what constitutes glamour or luxury. Therefore it’s only fitting that her jewellery pieces start their life as unloved plastic objects with a short lifespan, plucked from pound shops and grocery stores by Tétier and re-cast into an altogether more luxurious role. Sculpting the melted materials into new assemblages, Tétier reconfigures them into covetable one-off pieces.
Tétier’s jewellery made its catwalk debut for Neith Nyer SS18 – she was doing art direction for the show, and explains that since no one was doing jewellery for it, she decided to make some. “Since I don’t have any jewellery background, it came quite naturally to me to simply assemble together random objects I could find to create something new,” she says. Since then her pieces have become a fashion week hit, used in shows for Preen, Fyodor Golan and Charlotte Knowles, and carried by high-fashion retailers Dover Street Market and 50m London. “I miss crafting a lot, so making jewellery is a break in a way, as I get to do something with my hands,” Tétier says, “but it’s tied together with everything I do, as a whole body of work”.