Early Parisian mornings, rose season is finally here, warm spring evenings are spent by Pont Alexandre III together with friends and wine and here’s a little sneak peek of a shoot I recently did for Elie Saab. My dream colour palette at Galeries Lafayette, the yummiest caramel cookie ever from Jean Hwang Carrant, a little photo to remember the pretty spring blossoms and glorious weather while crossing the Seine. Magical Jardin du Palais Royal, pretty Parisian apartments, a Sunday morning baguette and the cute little streets of Le Marais. This and more on Instagram!
I’m excited to share a few photographs from some recent work I’ve done for Cartier. If you follow along on Instagram I’m sure you’re familiar with these shots by now but I wanted to share them here as well since we put a lot of thought and effort into the shots that I had in my mind for this. When I say “we”, I’m referring to my friend Katie, who’s always the sweetest and who’s kind enough to put up with my pickiness and meticulous behaviour. I thought I’d share a few words about how these photos came about for anyone who’s interested in knowing a bit more about the process.
I picked three different locations for each colour of the Amulette de Cartier (which honestly happens to be one of my favourite jewellery pieces ever), the first one being the charming street Rue Crémieux in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, where I immersed myself in my favourite colour in the world: blush pink. We found this super cute little house all painted in blue, white and pink and thought it was pure luck since I wanted to surround myself with pinkish hues for the opal rose colour of this necklace. Ironically enough the man living in this sugar sweet house was not so pleasant himself so nailing these shots within in a few minutes suddenly became very necessary.
The second location for the Amulette de Cartier in the colour cornelian I had had in my head for ages and I can’t believe that I was fortunate enough to have these pretty blossoms in bloom just in time for me to shoot these photographs. What wasn’t so fortunate on the other hand was the fact that the day when Katie and I photographed these images it just happened to be quite windy. I don’t know about you and if you’ve ever tried shooting a necklace among delicate blossoms and a million bees in the wind but it wasn’t the easiest task in the world. Getting the focus just right, getting no other super excited blossom people in the background and avoiding getting stung by the bees were all challenges we faced that day…
For the Lapis Lazuli amulette (which also captured my heart…) the location I had in mind was the magical balconies of the Plaza Athénée Hotel here in Paris and even though it decided to rain on this particular day we shot these photos anyway. Standing on a balcony in pouring, ice cold rain, wearing nothing but a summer dress was not ideal but what don’t you do when you get access to this pretty view, hey? I had the sweetest of friends patting me down with towels in between shots, holding umbrellas and handling reflectors. By the end of it I couldn’t speak since I was shaking too much but that was nothing a yummy lunch at Carette couldn’t fix afterwards.
I recently got the opportunity to sneak you (and my camera) inside Paris’ most famous department store and now I can finally share the photographs with you all. For anyone who’s been living under a rock and doesn’t recognise this place from the images, this is Galeries Lafayette – over 120 years old and the home to everything you might need (and even the things you don’t need but that you just really, really want) when living in Paris. I came here for the first time when I was 14 years old and a weekend to Paris together with my sister and mom brought me to this amazing place… It’s a little bit extra special to me since this is where I bought my prom dress for my one and only prom (so far). It was this gorgeous little grey dress that I found from Paule Ka (unfortunately the photos from that night are to horrendous to share with anyone outside of my family and close friends). It’s funny how life comes in full circle sometimes and when I wander around this place I can’t help but to think that the 14 year old me would probably never have guessed that I one day would be calling this city home.
Anyhow, today I usually stroll this place looking for more casual things (or even an ice cream from my new favourite gelateria called Pedone) rather than looking for a ball gown or another prom dress. Two of my favourite sections in Galeries Lafayette are Le Laboratoire Créateurs and Le Laboratoire Luxe where less known brands are sold. That’s where I’ve found a few of my favourite designers like Mary Katrantzou and Delpozo but where I’ve also discovered completely new-to-me brands like the clothing brand Dice Kayek, started by two sisters from Turkey. If I’m not around that area you’ll most likely find me on the rooftop overlooking Paris, where you’ll see all the way from the Eiffel Tower to the Sacré-Cœur or nibbling away on the pastries from Liberté, L’Eclair de Génie or Sadaharu Aoki in Lafayette Gourmet… Thanks to Galeries Lafayette for letting me pry around this beautiful space together with my camera for a whole day!
A dear friend of mine told me that apparently it’s my year this year. At least if we’re talking about Chinese zodiac that is. I’ve never been very into this sort of thing but after proving her point over and over again I’m starting to suspect that there might be more truth in this than I previously thought. Another lovely friend told us both, after hearing our conversation, that you’re allegedly supposed to be wearing something red during this time to protect you from various things (don’t even ask because I have no idea…). As you probably can tell I bought into this (literally) and in my handbag you’ll now find a few new, red, accessories. Let’s hope that this works!
This past week has been crazy amazing and more exhausting than most others – in the most positive way possible of course. During the last couple of days on the French Riviera I spent my time at Hotel Martinez, photographing for Elie Saab and their online publication The Light of Now and I thought I’d share a couple of photos from this. I’ve been to Cannes many times before but never during the film festival, which proved to make this little city more crowded than I’ve ever seen it before (and I’ve been in August after all). The entrance of our hotel was surrounded by tourists and photographers at all times who were all trying to get a little glimpse of the glitterati leaving to walk down the red carpet, the roads were blocked and people hanging out along the beach just chatting. I passed Naomi Watts, almost walked into Julianne Moore, stood next to the beautiful Karlie Kloss and shared the ladies room together with Isabella Rossellini one evening – not too shabby if you ask me.
Most of my time shooting for Elie Saab was spent in a sea of beautiful couture gowns and other elaborate creations. My favourite moment might have been to get up and close with Naomi’s incredible red carpet frock, which made my jaw drop completely. It was so interesting seeing how a dress like this is put together and hearing the story behind it. I was also introduced to Elie Saab‘s new couture fragrances while there that I’ve never had the chance to see before. After a morning of smelling gardenia, orange flower, rose oils and other key ingredients from these perfumes I was most likely floating around among pink, perfume scented clouds before I realised that I had to leave to catch my flight back to Paris. My time in Cannes was way too short but I guess that just means that I have to come back very soon again? Although it might be hard to top this experience…
As you might have seen if you follow along on Instagram, I’m currently in Cannes and have been for the last couple of days. Why? I flew down to photograph the Dior Cruise collection show that took place at the incredible Le Palais Bulles along the French Riviera this Monday. I could pretty much go on and on about this surreal and incredible experience but I won’t bore you too much. To sum things up: it was unbelievable and I’m so happy I got to experience it. For three days the guests played pétanque, had lunch in the midst of the French hills, attended the runway show which was followed by the most extravagant fireworks I’ve ever seen and enjoyed brunch (along with Dior ice cream!) the day after. I’m still pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming it all… For more updates you can follow along on Instagram.
Picnics by the Seine, pretty pink blossoms, Parisian streets and my favourite suite at the Plaza decorated in greys and pinks. I think I feel the most at home among a sea of beautiful blossoms, my metro view on my way to a job the other day, organising little bags and trinkets at home and the magical Parc de Sceaux right before our sunset picnic. Broccoli yumminess at Ellsworth, Jardin des Plantes, a morning stroll along the river and favourite things from Dior.
My favourite sight is seeing the light come streaming in through my windows and lighting up the whole apartment. I love working from home with my windows open and looking out over the street below. Although it can be hard to keep my bum on the seat instead of wandering off to admire the pretty view or calling friends to meet up for a glass of wine on one of the terraces in the neighbourhood instead…
• All the red carpet looks from the Met Gala earlier this week by Style.com.
• Thank you to Flaunt Magazine for mentioning my work.
• “What if the Disney princesses wore Marchesa?” by Vogue.com.
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