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:
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!
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…
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!
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.
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…
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 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!
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!
All images are from Harper’s Bazaar UK February 14 issue
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 travelis a wonderful documentary on Diana Vreeland that I urge you to watch to learn more about this legendary figure.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 theMenla 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…
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!
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!
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 Vagamagazine and I was amazed by her resemblance to her mother, judge by yourself!
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?
The MetGala 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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 actressAnne 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!
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!
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!