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street style life

At the occasion of Paris fashion week I decided to see how it’s like to be among the fashion and street style photographers in front of show venues. It’s a real dilemna because most of the time they are pretty invasive especially that their number have considerably grown over the years but on another side, I have some sort of respect knowing that becoming a good street style photographer is not that easy. And let’s be honest the fashion crowd is now highly contributing to the phenomenon by showing off their craziest, trendiest attire just to have their picture taken. Here are the golden rules to guarantee a successful photographic session and a few selected pictures I was able to take:

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Stylist and fashion consultant Kate Foley

1. Be sure to have the right camera and be ready: good professional material already set up and quick is key to obtain the best shots

2. Know the who’s who of fashion and entertainment world: if you want to have pictures that matter. However there are plenty of unknown fashionistas even photographers take pictures of each other, the only requirement after all is to be stylish!

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3. Find a strategic area: when a “person of interest” arrives you can be sure everybody will jump on her/him to get a picture but some smart or should I say experienced photographers, managed to always take it easily

4. Be attentive: some fashion targets try to get round the crowd or walk fast to avoid being stopped, but if you can spot her/him from afar, you have good chances to catch them anyway. Yes, it’s like a hunting game…

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Fashion creative director Vogue Japan
Anna Dello Russo (in the middle)
International Herald Tribune Suzy Menkes (right)
International Herald Tribune Suzy Menkes (right)
Mme Figaro Fashion editor Carine Bizet
Mme Figaro Fashion writer Carine Bizet
Vogue US Lynn Yaeger
Vogue US Lynn Yaeger
LOVE Magazine EIC Katie Grand (left)
LOVE Magazine EIC Katie Grand (left)

5. Be patient: Often the “real” fashion crowd is coming from a previous show and tend to get to the next one at the time it’s supposed to start or even a bit after, but once one is here the others follow shortly. As for celebrities, it’s another piece of cake. Their technic is usually to enter from an hidden door unless there is none and they have to use the main entrance. In that case, the black car with tinted windows will be your best bet, but once again be fast, it only takes a few seconds for the photographers to completely surround it!

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Teen Vogue fashion news director Jane Keltner De Valle
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Stylist Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele
Fashion blogger Linda Tol
Fashion blogger Linda Tol
Vogue Paris Claire Delhens and Capucine Safyurtlu
Vogue Paris Claire Delhens (back) and
Capucine Safyurtlu (right)
Casting director and Fashion consultant Natalie Joos
Casting director and Fashion consultant Natalie Joos
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10 Magazine Sophia Neophitou and fashion
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6. Identify your fellow famous bloggers: you will be so focused on all the editors, stylists and VIP’s that you might miss the star bloggers. They became as important and notorious as big magazines editors. For example I couldn’t photograph Scott Schuman from the Sartorialist but got Tamu McPherson and NY Times veteran Bill Cunningham. From the back.

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Tamu McPherson taking a picture
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NY Times Bill Cunningham in a blue jacket

7. Learn from the best: of course you now have ton of street style blogs/websites, but I would recommend visiting the following sites for inspiration: Jak and Jil, Style.com, Vogue.com, The Sartorialist, On the Street Bill Cunningham

And if you want to know more about the subject read the excellent article published last year in the New York Times by Suzy Menkes about the circus of fashion.

 

When Saint Laurent was YSL

The movie Yves Saint Laurent, directed by Jalil Lespert, is a must see. Actor Pierre Niney interprets in a impressive way the famous designer, through the movie we live the tremendous success of the young prodige in the exclusive world of Parisian haute couture, his chronic depression and anxiety but also his love story with longtime partner Pierre Berge played by Guillaume Gallienne. The rest of the casting includes Charlotte Le Bon in the role of Victoire Doutreleau the friend and muse of Yves at the beginning of his career but who will inevitably betray him, Laura Smet as the beautiful eccentric free spirit Loulou De La Falaise and Marie De Villepin really convincing in the role of the enigmatic model Betty Catroux. A movie full of emotion, love, nostalgia and creativity browsing a destiny of exception, the end of an era…

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Pierre Niney aand Guillaume Galienne as Yves St Laurent and Pierre Berge
Pierre Niney and Guillaume Gallienne as
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Pierre Niney and Charlotte Le Bon as Yves St Laurent and Victoire Doutreleau
Pierre Niney and Charlotte Le Bon as Yves
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Azzedine Alaia knows women

I went to see to Azzedine Alaia exhibition at the freshly renovated Palais Galliera. It’s one of the thing I love when I come back in Paris, there is no cities where exhibitions are so well curated and where I’m completely immersed into the designer or artist’s world. That’s exactly what happened with this exhibit, the more emblematic looks of Alaia were exposed, you could see the perfect fit of the body conscious silhouettes, from the materials used to the cut, the final result is just mesmerising. Azzedine knows how to magnify women and understands the complexity of feminine curves.  Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell, two of his favourite models, but also Grace Jones or Tina Turner wearing his creations, marked the 90’s fashion era. I wish to see more of Alaia’s work in the next couple of years, a real artist who continues to seduce thousands of women around the world but managed to stay true to his craft without falling into today’s fashion diktats.

The Azzedine Alaia exhibition at Palais Galliera
The Azzedine Alaia exhibition at Palais Galliera
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Leopard print knitted body and ensemble
Naomi Campbell in Azzedine Alaia
Naomi Campbell in Azzedine Alaia
Stephanie Seymour and Azzedine Alaia
Stephanie Seymour and Azzedine Alaia
Azzedine Alaia black leather looks
Azzedine Alaia black leather looks
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Azzedine Alaia hoodie jersey fitted dress
Azzedine Alaia white belted knitted dress
Azzedine Alaia white belted knitted dress

 

Golden Globes 2014 best dressed

The Award season is officially launched with the Golden Globes which were held yesterday evening in LA. Actresses really stepped up this year with beautiful looks. Many of them chose dramatic, old hollywood black gowns like Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive, Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen (love how she paired the Lorraine Schwartz flower turquoise necklace and the strapless long ball gown), Jessica Chastain looking very glamorous in Givenchy Haute Couture or Taylor Swift with a color block shocking pink and black Carolina Herrera gown. Lupita Nyong’o was gorgeous in a bright tangerine Ralph Lauren cape gown as well as Emma Watson, always a step ahead, in Christian Dior Couture… Also special mention to the A-list expecting mums: Kerry Washington, Drew Barrymore and Olivia Wilde which all made wise choices to hit the red carpet, plus more best dressed!

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive (image from eonline)
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive (image from eonline)
Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen and Lorraine Schwartz (image from eonline)
Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen and Lorraine
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Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Haute Couture (image from fashion gone rogue)
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Haute Couture
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Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera (image from ok.co.uk)
Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera (image from ok.co.uk)
Lupita N'yongo in Ralph Lauren (image from popsugar)
Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren (image from popsugar)
Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture (image from mtv.com)
Emma Watson in Christian Dior Couture (image from mtv.com)
Kerry Washington in Balenciaga (image from the huffington post)
Kerry Washington in Balenciaga (image from getty images)
Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier (image from the miami herald)
Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier
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Olivia Wilde in Gucci Premiere
Olivia Wilde in Gucci Premiere
Zoe Zaldana in Prabal Gurung (image from eonline)
Zoe Zaldana in Prabal Gurung (image from eonline)
Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead (image from eonline)
Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead (image from eonline)

 

Here is to 2014

It’s that time of the year again, the time of good resolutions, the opportunity to start fresh, change habits and take on new challenges. Here at Le Bazhaar, expect also a few changes to come but we will talk about it again very soon!  After the black and white trend, the Spring Summer 2014 collections are more colorful and joyful than ever. With strong influences from foreign cultures (Africa, Asia) but also art with graphic patterns and splash of colors, (seen at Chanel, Celine, Prada, Preen, Pucci among others) fashion is announcing a year of renewal, risk taking, hope and enthusiasm. We can’t wait to see Nicolas Gesquiere’s work at Louis Vuitton, the evolution of Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, what would happen to the Jil Sander brand after its founder of the same name left her label for the third time and of course Marc Jacobs designing just for Marc Jacobs, many exciting things in perspective! I chose actress Keira Knightley Harper’s Bazaar February 14 shoot (wearing Chanel SS14 on the cover) because of its freshness and the positive message that each picture communicates. Hope you will enjoy, wish you all a successful, stylish and happy new year!

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 All images are from Harper’s Bazaar UK February 14 issue

(courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar UK)

The fantastic Diana Vreeland

Before Anna Wintour, fashion had another empress, her name? Diana Vreeland, one of the most iconic and influent figure of fashion history. Born in Paris, at La Belle Epoque era in the early 1900’s, Diana already a highly regarded socialite, worked herself to the top by always managing to be the most elegant, interesting, smartest woman wherever she went despite her ungrateful features which will be the object of recurrent cruelty from her own mother. Soon she becomes fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar in New York until she joins Vogue as editor in chief right in the middle of the creative and youthful period of the sixties. At Vogue, she will establish her status of most influential person in the industry. Her unique eye and fearless attitude allowed her to discover or propel to stardom talents such as Lauren Bacall, Marisa Berenson, Cher, Ali Mc Graw, Barbara Streisand, Edie Sedgwick, Lauren Hutton and the list goes on. Her last position will be at the MET Museum, acting as a special consultant, where she will revamp the whole fashion department and curate memorable fashion exhibitions. The Eye has to travel is a wonderful documentary on Diana Vreeland that I urge you to watch to learn more about this legendary figure.

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Diana Vreeland
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Diana Vreeland in her living room that she liked
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Diana Vreeland style icone

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Diana Vreeland and Marisa Berenson
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Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol protégée, in Vogue
proclaimed It girl by Diana Vreeland

La Dolce Vita

If you are a regular on this blog, you know how much I love old pictures capturing cult moments which will remain forever alive and vibrant. Like the ones below for example, which for me represent  an idyllic vision of Summer and the art of La Dolce Vita… Plus, I just want the same bustier as Sophia, the rings of Brigitte and turban of Audrey, enjoy!

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Brigitte Bardot
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth

Mamazoo

Maria Ana Moura is the designer behind the jewelry label Mamazoo. Her rich heritage ultimately led her to creation and more recently to jewelry design. The designer received me in her studio where you can sense her unconditional love for nature, exoticism and animals main sources of her inspiration: she has an adorable rabbit called Coconutzu, two birds named Blue and Gray and a fish, Paloma. Maria is slowly but surely becoming a favorite of Indie artists and performers who regularly request customized pieces. Read about her inspiring journey below!

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1. Maria, tell us about your background and how you started your jewelry line? 

I was born in Germany to Swiss Brazilian parents and grew up between Switzerland, Costa Rica and Brazil with my two brothers. I accomplished my graphic design and art direction studies in Barcelona where I then got the great opportunity to work at ROJO, a contemporary art gallery. I managed the gallery and  had the great chance to work with incredibly talented artists, young upcoming artists from around the globe.  While working at the art-space I dedicated my free time to paint and create accessories. It took me then to New York City for a change. I also wanted to learn more about fabric and garment construction and did an associate degree in Fashion Design at Parsons. A year later I  was working with Daniel Feld a former Project Runway contestant, designing Woman’s ready to wear. During my studies in New York I had created necklaces for a project in this fascinating Mexican Art and Myth class I took. The pieces  were published on Round Square Collective’s website in Lisbon, which led to boutiques being interested and consequently I made Mamazoo my full time occupation.

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2. What’s the most challenging thing about launching your brand?
It all happened very natural at the initial launching stage. The main challenge is to thrive an organic growth of your brand without loosing its core values. I would like for my brand to be as transparent as possible, knowing exactly where my materials come from, making sure there is no bad involved. It is not easy to know and have proof of the exact source of the material. Therefore there is a lot of research and investigation involved besides designing and producing. With this purpose I will hopefully soon be traveling more to acquire my material from the prime source directly, ensuring fair trade, morality and respect. Another challenge is the sharpness you have to have to make yourself noticed in the market. This is overcome by the passion you got for your product and a lot of patience.
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3. Where do you find your inspiration? Do you have any muses?
My inspiration come from the tropics, the exotic and the cultural mix. These are the things that activate my senses. I also love and adore animals, they definitely inspire me. I admire their elegance and purity.
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4. If you weren’t in the creative field designing  jewelry, what would you do?
I would be in the wild, Brazil or Costa Rica, Kenya or Congo, working for an organization involved in animal conservation. In any case, I strongly hope that throughout my business development I will be able to combine the focus on profitability together with ecological and social goals.
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5. Do you have anything exciting or special projects coming up?
I have a collaboration coming up of unique pieces  for ‘Lindo Killer’ and a show at ‘Mitte’ Barcelona.
Please visit The Mamazoo website, and Maria’s blog here
all the still life accessories (2 first images) and model images are courtesy of themamazoo.com

 

 

 

Body Killer

At last Summer  is here, it’s time to slowly get out of our long Winter hibernation. Magazines and beauty experts are giving us advices on how to get in shape and look fantastic in our bikinis, hopefully the beautiful pictures below will give us some motivation! The rules are: a soft “glowy” skin, tone body , lots of sun (under SPF protection of course), relaxation and loads of protective oil for hair and body. Ready?

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The Sound of the Nature

Nothing is better than a silent yoga retreat (this one was organized by the great team of Yoga To The People) in the middle of nowhere to regain some energy and motivation. The best part is to reconnect with nature, simple things and most importantly yourself, yes it’s scary and destabilizing but with all the distractions we are surrounded by everyday chances are you never take the time to actually do nothing and just be. The pictures below were taken at the Menla Mountain retreat located in Phoenicia, close to Woodstock, and the landscapes were just beautiful! I wish we could hear through the pictures the birds, insects, the wind gently caressing the leaves, the deers taking their daily round walking gracefully on the grass, it’s called the sound of the nature…

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Yoga To The People has several yoga centers in New York and other U.S Cities, please visit www.yogatothepeople.com

For more information about the Menla Mountain Retreat, please visit www.menlamountain.org

The Couples part 2

Legendary couples have always been inspiring and the ones below are no exception. Beyond their love story some of them had a spiritual and rare creativity bond. This is a tribute to some of the most fascinating duos, and you can also visit or re see the first homage I did last year here, enjoy!

Jacqueline and Jack Kennedy
Jacqueline and Jack Kennedy
Vivien Leigh and Sir Lawrence Olivier
Vivien Leigh and Sir Lawrence Olivier
Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim
Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim
Penelope Tree and David Bailey
David Bailey and Penelope Tree
Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe
Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe
Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger
Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger
Elvis Priestley and Priscilla
Elvis Presley and Priscilla
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger

Like mother and daughter Part 2

What happens when super top model Jerry Hall and worldwide rock star Mick Jagger meet in the late 70’s, fell madly in love, and have kids? Well one of them becomes a hit girl and model, Georgia May Jagger is the daughter of one of the most glamorous couple of the entertainment industry. Here a few pics of her and Jerry Hall, her mother, looking more beautiful than ever!

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Georgia May Jagger and Jerry Hall
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Jerry Hall circa 1970’s
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Georgia May Jagger
Georgia May Jagger for the H&M SS13 ad campaign
Georgia May Jagger for the H&M SS13 ad campaign
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Jerry Hall
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Georgia May Jagger

 

Like mother Like daughter Part 1

With Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet as parents, Zoe Kravitz couldn’t dream of a cooler DNA . She inherited the rebel rock’n roll attitude of her dad and the fashion flair of her mother. Back in the days Lisa was an icon, I remember waiting feverishly each episode of the Cosby Show just to see what her character Denise would wear, still today her style is a reference for cool fashionistas. Zoe was recently featured in the  last issue of Vaga magazine and I was amazed by her resemblance to her mother, judge by yourself!

Zoe Kravitz for Vaga Magazine Spring issue
Zoe Kravitz for Vaga Magazine Spring issue
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Lisa Bonet
Zoe Kravitz for Vaga magazine Spring issue
Zoe Kravitz for Vaga magazine Spring issue
Zoe Kravitz for Vaga magazine Spring issue
Zoe Kravitz for Vaga magazine Spring issue
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Lisa Bonet

The Look of the Met Ball

It seems that Madonna was one of the rare guest to get the memo about this year’s theme. Her provocative outfit was definitely a sensation, yes Madonna is no longer a young starlet but I thought the Betty Page meets punk look was a smart choice and who doesn’t want to pull it off like this in their fifties?

Madonna on the red carpet at the Met Gala (image from dailymailuk)
Madonna on the red carpet at the Met
Gala (image from dailymailuk)

No future

The Met Gala is celebrating the Punk culture this year. It’s not the easiest theme to explore, between rebellion and visionary, borned at the end of the 70’s in London, Punk is still omnipresent nowadays: piercings, tattoos and partial shaved hair entered the fashion zone and are no longer adopted by marginals only. The fact that classic institutions are getting out of their comfort zone and dedicating this major fashion event  (equivalent of the Oscars for fashion) to the extreme movement is honestly a bowl of fresh air and make the ceremony even more expected. Some images might be disturbing but it’s also part of the fun no?! Oh and I couldn’t resist to include Miss Miley Cyrus looking sexier than ever in the new issue of V magazine…

Singer and Actress Nina Hagen circa 1970
Singer and Actress Nina Hagen circa 1970
Nina Hagen (image courtesy of life magazine)
Nina Hagen (image courtesy of life magazine)
Designer Vivienne Westwood 1976
Designer Vivienne Westwood 1976
The Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols
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Blondie band
The Runaways circa 1970
The Runaways circa 1970
Siouxsie Sioux
Siouxsie Sioux
Punk icon Soo Catwoman
Punk icon Soo Catwoman
Soo Catwoman
Soo Catwoman

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Agyness Deyn Vogue Germany March 2011 issue
Alice Dellal (photography by Karim Sadli)
Alice Dellal (photography by Karim Sadli)
Jessica Stam Rodarte SS13 show
Jessica Stam Rodarte SS13 show
Miley Cyrus in V Magazine Issue 83
Miley Cyrus for V Magazine Issue 83
Rooney Mara as the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, here for W magazine
Rooney Mara as the Girl with a Dragon
Tattoo, here for W magazine
Versace Fall 13
Versace Fall 13 (image from style.com)
Saint Laurent Fall 13 (image from style.com)
Saint Laurent Fall 13 (image from style.com)

The ceremony will be live streamed on May 6th

Please visit vogue.com or the Met website for more information

Ana Chronos

Erica Dobbs is the delightful owner of vintage store Ana Chronos located in Greenpoint Brooklyn. I instantly fell for the carefully curated unique pieces (each clothing or accessory is hand labeled with its period) but also the delicate interior of this small boutique. If you are looking for authenticity and shop in an intimate yet friendly atmosphere, you are at the right place! I asked a few questions to Erica about her path and how to be a savvy vintage shopper, read and enjoy!

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1) Erica, tell us about your background and how you decided to have your own vintage boutique?

For years, vintage was always a strong hobby of mine, but it wasn’t until about 6-7 years ago that I realized that my strong hobby turned into complete passion. That’s when I knew and said to myself, HA! So that’s what I’m supposed to do in life! But the store itself came about as a twist of fate. My boyfriend and I were actually looking for live/work apartment rentals in Greenpoint. That’s when we stumbled upon 135 Franklin street.

2) How do you curate your pieces, what are your criteria of selection?

The criteria for selecting pieces is based on quality and authenticity. 20 years or older is vintage. Curating the merchandise is a bit trickier. While trying to not overcrowd, my goal is to put wearable day-to-day garments out, while sprinkling in really unique and beautiful pieces.

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3) Which item(s) currently present in your store would you say are pretty special and “must have”?

I love all of my pieces, but right now with the weather so finicky I’ve been really into layering comfy maxi dresses, caftans, cozy blazers and scarves. Specifically though, I recently picked up some incredible, oversized linen blazers that I’ve been living in while at the store.

4) Do you have any advices for people passionate about vintage about how to shop great pieces and make sure they are authentic?

Finding authentic and quality vintage can be tricky and it is definitely becoming more challenging, but my advice for finding quality vintage is to thrift, thrift, thrift. Persistence and patience is key and you shouldn’t get discouraged if you walk away empty handed. It’s common and it will feel that much better when you score those gems! There are a lot of different things you can look for when determining if the pieces are vintage. Zippers and Labels are a biggie (union tags, brand designs, Made in USA) and to more accurately mark the era of the vintage piece, you want to consider other characteristics of the garment, like style, material and the construction. All of these things have unique characteristics per era.

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5) Any exciting plans for the next upcoming 5 years?

I first opened the shop about two years ago and it’s been a thrilling and incredible experience. It has been equally humbling and I see this entire endeavor as a journey with an organic process and I’m looking forward to letting it unfold naturally.

Visit anachronosnyc.com

135 Franklyn Street

Brooklyn 11222, NY

An afternoon in Brooklyn

My friend Marion visited for a couple of days, she wanted to discover this highly coveted area of New York. Our focus was Williamsburg famous for the hipster and artists community (think beards, skinny jeans and plaid shirts!), vintage stores, antiques shops, flea markets, cool bars, healthy awesome food restaurants or joints are really part of the life here…The little bonus of the day was to see actress Anne Hathaway (no picture sorry!) shopping in a little clothing boutique on Franklin street, in Greenpoint. Hope you enjoy this little tour, all the addresses will be at the end of the post, enjoy!

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Williamsburg street art
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Shoes Comptoir des Contonniers

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At the Beacon Closet Williamsburg
At the Beacon’s Closet Williamsburg

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View from the roof top of the Wythe Hotel Williamsburg
View from the roof top of the Wythe Hotel Williamsburg
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Mast Brothers Chocolate

111 N 3rd St  Brooklyn, NY 11211

Jungle Garden

61 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

Beacon’s Closet

(Vintage, trade and sell your clothes)

88 N 11th street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Wythe Hotel

(Roof top bar and Reynard restaurant downstairs)

80 Wythe avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

Smorgasburg Flea market

(food, vintage and antique)

N, 7th street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Artists and fleas

(Jewelry, vintage)

70 N 7th street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Vanessa

Vanessa Paradis is mostly known for being the French discreet but stylish girl, a longtime Chanel’s brand ambassador and of course the ex wife of Johnny Depp with whom she had two kids. But for me and most of European people, Vanessa is a symbol of a generation, a talented actress and singer we grew up with often bullied for her ballsy choices (In Noces Blanches she interpreted a disturbed young student who has a passionate affair with her teacher). Her Lolita style has evolved over the years depending on who she was working with, dating or sometimes both…My favorite period was when she released the album she made with Lenny Kravitz, simply called Vanessa Paradis. With Lenny’s influence she became this reincarnation of a 70’s bohemian baby doll but with the 90’s distinctive touch. After 6 years, Vanessa is releasing a new album which critics are already praising, the perfect occasion to pay her a little tribute!

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Lenny Kravitz with Vanessa Paradis
Lenny Kravitz with Vanessa Paradis
New Libe Next Magazine cover with Vanessa Paradis
New Liberation Next Magazine cover with Vanessa
Paradis (image courtesy of Liberation)

Power to the Afro

It’s been a while since I wanted to use images from V Magazine’s beautiful editorial featuring my all time favorite model Joan Smalls (Beat Bolliger did the styling). She appears as a sensual version of activist and intellectual figure Angela Davis, the afro being the key detail. I was really inspired by this shoot. Much more than a hair style or a fashion trend like it is often perceived nowadays, in the 70’s context  having an afro was mostly about embracing who you are, your roots and revendicate your identity, even a political act sometimes. It’s definitely a vast and fascinating subject that I’ll be exploring hopefully very soon, stay tuned!

Model and Actress Tamara Dobson
Model and Actress Tamara Dobson
Political activist and author Angela Davis
Political activist and author Angela Davis
Black Panther member Kathleen Cleaver
Black Panther member Kathleen Cleaver
Model Joan Smalls in Vogue Spain
Joan Smalls in V Magazine (photography by Alasdair McLellan)
Joan Smalls in Vogue Spain (photographer Alasdair Mc Lellan)
Joan Smalls in V Magazine
(photography by Alasdair Mc Lellan)
Stylist Julia Sarr Jamois
Stylist Julia Sarr Jamois
Singer Esperanza on the cover of T Magazine
Singer Esperanza Spalding on the cover of T Magazine