If there’s one thing I’m most definitely obsessed with it’s beautiful Parisian courtyards. This one, inside Hôtel de Sully in Le Marais, is clearly one of my favourites. The best thing about it? It offers a calm and serene little shortcut to Place des Vosges, which is located on the other side of the red little door. If you get there early enough, you might even find yourself there all alone.
Parisian cafés, breakfast at Carette, a beautiful day strolling through Jardin des Tuileries, the adorable red fiat at Merci. Thanks to Lauren for taking me to Maison Bastille for the first time, beautiful flowers in Jardin du Luxembourg, Lauren and her little pup Daisy and coffee together with apple cake from Café Kitsuné. Lunch together with Hana at Carette (yes, again), catching the beautiful morning light along the Seine, weekends reading and a gorgeous autumn day at Place des Vosges. My last couple of days here in Paris through a couple of Instagram photos.
After a warm and unbelievably sunny weekend, it’s safe to say that autumn has arrived in Paris now. Yay for colourful parks, hot chocolate and beautiful fall jackets – nay for non-stop rain, less sun and colder weather.
Making such lovely friends through the work I do is probably one of the things I enjoy the most. Jenny, who I previously shot in Paris before the summer, enjoyed a few days in Paris a couple of weeks ago before heading off to search for the perfect wedding venue together with her love Freddie (they’re getting married here in France next year and I’m pretty certain it will be one of the prettiest weddings you’ll ever see after hearing a few ideas over breakfast at Ladurée). Wandering around the Marais looking for flowers and macarons from Carette together with someone who shares my love for everything cute (I mean, the pink bike must have been there for us) is my idea of a perfect day.
I rarely shoot whole stories in black and white but when Nicole showed med these gorgeous Carolina Herrera pieces, in black and white of course, it was hard to imagine doing anything else. I adore, and can’t think of anything more satisfying then getting to be creative together with someone who has such a similar aesthetics and share my love for creating beautiful photos and short visual stories. This lovely one has taught me more about everything from how to handle day-to-day business meetings and the industry in general to seeing things in a new and different way, and I hope I’ll continue to learn from the inspiring people I’m lucky enough to have around me forever.
To see the whole story that we shot together you can visit Nicole’s blog.
Walking into the beautiful Dior venue was almost overwhelming because of how pretty and grand it was. I’ve barely been home during the last couple of weeks and my apartment is currently looking as though something has exploded all over my floor (fortunately it’s a pretty explosion). The beautiful finale at Haider Ackermann was filled with gorgeous blush tones, nudes and pinks and I almost had to pinch myself when I saw where I was seated for the Dior show. Jardin des Tuileries seemed so serene and magical during early morning hours, before the fashion week craziness started again. Dior was spectacular as always and having to get up early during every morning definitely seemed less challenging when I got to see the Louvre completely empty. The best packages comes in big red boxes and this beautiful gift from Carolina Herrera was no exception. I fell in love with these beautiful shoes by Alejandro Ingelmo and can’t seem to get those baby blue ones out of my mind… There was no time for long lunch breaks so cake at Angelina‘s had to do instead. Shooting backstage at Issey Miyake was so much fun and getting to see all the venues completely empty (like this one for Haider Ackermann) before showtime was just incredible. That was my Paris Fashion Week, in a couple of Instagram photos.
Fashion week is officially over and it’s finally time to rest my very, very sore feet – if only for a few seconds since another exciting project is just around the corner. This fashion week has been the most intense one yet, packed with exciting opportunities, interesting encounters and lots of inspiring work. It almost feels like I need to take a few minutes now that it’s all over and remind myself of what I just experienced.
On Wednesday I ventured out to Bois de Boulogne together with Nicole and Shini to attend the Louis Vuitton SS15 runway show at the newly built Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation. This building, designed by Frank Gehry, will serve as a museum and cultural centre and is set to open for the public later in October (when I’ll definitely be back for more photos). It was unavoidable to get distracted by the amazing architecture and interesting details (and take about one million selfies) on our way out – if it wasn’t for the fact that we had a shuttle waiting for us to take us back to the city centre I might still be there today. It was my very first Louis Vuitton show and an experience I’ll hardly forget anytime soon. Watching models I’ve been admiring for years, like Liya Kebede and Freja Beha Erichsen, walking down the runway in Nicolas Ghesquière’s 70s inspired garments was pure bliss, and if I could have snatched one of those gorgeous bags without anyone noticing, I totally would have!
After not shooting together since fashion month in February earlier this year Nicole and I finally got to play around with pretty dresses and gorgeous afternoon light in Paris this past Sunday. White Valentino lace, Jardin du Palais-Royal and Nicole apparently goes very well together (although I would never have thought otherwise) and made my job ridiculously easy.
For more photos and outfit details, visit Nicole’s blog.
One of my favourite shows so far during Paris Fashion Week has been Haider Ackermann. Not only because of my encounter with Mr. West himself (yes, we actually spoke words to one another) but also because of the dreamy pale blush tones used throughout the collection, the super cool layering and the stunning hair (by Wella Professionals) and make-up. …If only my legs weren’t so extremely short I would definitely buy those incredible patent pants in both black and white as soon as they’re hitting the store shelves, but I’m quite sure I would look more like a stuffed (shiny) sausage rather than effortlessly chic like the model above. Anyhow, I’ll continue to admire them from afar.
Something I might try my luck with though is a new make-up look… After seeing pale eye make-up and lighter eyelashes at both Dior, Issey Miyake and now Haider Ackermann I’m slowly thinking about giving it a go at home. I might look like a version of Barbie or as though I’ve turned albino overnight but hey, why not give it a try?
There’s something special about Dior… When I, for a quick second, realised where I was actually sitting this Friday (after running from the Issey Miyake show and changing in Angelina’s bathroom) my stomach was filled with butterflies and excitement. I couldn’t, and still have a hard time believing, that this incredibly journey started only a year ago and that I’m fortunate enough to live out my dreams in real life at the moment. I couldn’t be happier. The Dior show was brilliant. The music, the venue, the make-up, the clothes – it was everything I could hope for and more.
To see the whole collection you can click here.