Suzie Q and Leo Siboni, the fusion of space and body

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Many of you probably know them, but I wanted to present some of the work of Suzie QSuzie q and Leo Siboni 6 and Leo Siboni for those who don’t. I’m always amazed by their ability to play with the entire space they have for a shooting. Height, width and depth, everything is taken into consideration to position a model, and tell a story where the clothes or accessories are real actors. A few examples here, of several of they work….

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Tilda Swinton, perfect fusion of a body & its costume

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This time I’ll only write a few lines because the photos of Tilda Swinton gathered here say it all on their own. I don’t think there is a way to explain the perfection with which she lets her outfit tell the story they were born to say, and, at the same time, her capacity to add all the possible humanity to a picture, thanks to an attitude in perfect osmosis with her clothes. There is a true mystery to the way her face always expresses something different, undefinable. Look for yourself…

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Kiss me if you can, by Thomas Lélu for Each x Other

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Each x Other is a…well, brand, label, edition house, so I’d rather call it an unidentified object in the creative world of Paris. Because, weirdly enough for those who say that Paris is asleep, almost dead, it is French and based in Paris. I became interested in the brand when I visited their Pop-up store at the Bon Marché. Honestly, Robert Montgomery piece of art exposed with these limited edition unisex clothes totally made sense. On the brand website, it is quite amazing to discover that the artists/designers/musicians working together were meant to meet, meant to create something together. Because what they achieve add something to the environment where the collection/installation is exposed.
Perfecto by Naco worn in front of a Robert Montgomery piece of art

Each x Other brings together a family of artists who may never have met without it, even though they were meant to. For now, the creative energy they display outshines the artists as individual. Only the result, temporary, matters. The fact that the collections are in limited edition, and designed for both men and women, underlines my favorite thing about fashion: it is a tool to embody a character, to find our own characters, but the job is eventually ours. Wearing a total look or a perfectly fine outfit only because it’s fashionable is an open door to stupidity. Here, it’s the opposite: the clothes – designed with strong attention to know-how and craftmanship – can suit you or your boyfriend, and won’t be the latest trend (a collection is very quickly out of stock everywhere). It’s an offer, a suggestion for who you want to be. But it’s not you. To be yourself, the job is still yours.
I was particularly touched and amused by the short movie realized by Thomas Lélu and starring Lou Lesage and Jérémie Elkaïm

Le jeu amoureux de Jérémie Elkaïm et de Lou… par VOGUEPARIS

It is at the same time poetic, surreal, funny and above all full of life. To me it belongs to the little signs pushing you to welcome what life brings you, to let go of our fears or preconceived ideas in order to see what’s around us. With a ose of humour, it convinced me to check out regularly Each x Other creations.

Note on Camille Claudel, movie by Bruno Dumont with Juliette Binoche

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I haven’t seen the movie yet, but wanted to underline this about the costumes: Juliette Binoche only wears one costume throughout the movie. She says it is a vintage costume, with its own life and history, that was dug in mud before she wore it during the shooting, to make it appear even older and more worn.

Camille Claudel-by Bruno Dumont

It made me think about the purpose of fashion. Besides the economical necessities, the seasons, and historical social facts that explain fashion’s cycles, a designer’s creative process and its tireless repetition is about one piece of clothing. I thing each talented designer is in search for THE piece of clothing, the single item, that will be so perfectly accorded to the person wearing it, that it will disappear behind the person’s identity. A piece of clothing that will magnify one’s strength and weaknesses, one’s beauty and one’s wounds, one’s successes and one’s failures.

More pictures of the movie to come….!

Sir Paul Smith, the real dandy of fashion

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I’m currently reading Le Dandysme, La Création de soi, by Daniel Salvatore Schiffer, a very interesting and documented book about dandyisme, its history, definition etc…I’ll write more detailed posts about the topic, but one thing struck me: the way dandyisme isn’t only about fashion, or about elegance, ego and looks, but it’s also about a posture one has and the role one plays in a society. I found this interesting because at the end of the book, some people, including from the fashion industry, are defined as “contemporary dandys”, and I don’t quite agree. Rather than saying who and why, I’ll take an example of someone who is to me a real dandy of the fashion industry: Paul Smith.

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As a child, he wanted to be a professional cyclist, but life pushed him toward fashion and  he is now an admired fashion designer, along with a photographer, a furniture designer, or what we could call an accomplished artist. His stores, beyond displaying his collections, are places where his own world is presented. His position toward the fashion industry is unique: independent but collaborating with many people, his speech is always unexpected, sometimes provocative (but unwillingly: for example he said to Nicole Mowbray from the Guardian: ‘I go to my office in Delhi, just for the day. I also went to the Great Wall of China and Vietnam for the day. My favourite was a day trip Paul Smith LA Concept Storethat took in Moscow in the morning, St Petersburg in the afternoon and New York at night. I’m busy – I have to visit places briefly.’), spontaneous and confident. Isn’t what should be expected from a dandy? Sure of his style, culture, intelligence, a dandy sets his world – cultural as well a creative – as an example for the rest of us. Have a look at Paul Smith’s blog, which represents this world, clearly, without any intent to convince. Because a dandy doesn’t need to convince, he does so by being who he is: http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/uk-en/paul-smith-world/blog

 

He was knighted by the Queen in 2000, and from my point of view, his role comes from his capacity to be inspired by various topics, from pop-culture to history, from sports to arts, which he manages to interpret according to his own vision of the world. He sets an example for what we’re not capable to do anymore: see the world horizontally (as well as vertically) to develop our own views, our own creativity, visual and cultural references. At the highest of her career, Sonia Rykiel was also a dandy in fashion. The question that remains is the one of others’ look: Rykiel, in her book “N’oubliez pas que je joue” reminds how the way people look at her is important. It doesn’t seem to be the same for Paul Smith. But this is another topic…

“we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing”

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A quick work about Ari Seth and his amazing Blog, Advanced Style. This photographer chose to focus on older people and their approach of style. The result is breathtaking: is it because they are confident, because they have had lots of life experience, or because they learned how to ignore others’ looks and opinion, but these people choose a style in a unique way: it can be colorful or not, old-fashioned or very fashionable, excessive or minimalist, in all cases, it is a sheer reflect of who they are inside and what they’ve been through. A reserved way to talk about oneself, without fuss or thirst for attention. A humble way to admit that life has had ups and down, that one admits it, through his look. No need for a long speech, but an outfit and a smile.

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This interview of Mister Seth and some of his models gives an interesting understanding of his project. It ends with this sentence from one of the older women, that says it all about fashion as an act: “we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing”

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