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.
Don’t be fooled by the photo – my apartment actually looks like a war zone at the moment (it was taken pre-fashion week), covered in clothes, papers, memory cards and bags. I’ve barely been home during the last week since I’ve been running around the city in between photo shoots, meetings and shows but even though it’s stressful I kind of wish that we would have these weeks a bit more often – it’s just so much fun.
• I always get a ton of questions on how to dress when coming to Paris. If you’re wondering about this, I suggest popping over to Condé Nast Traveler and reading my latest article.
• Thanks to Madewell for featuring me in their “weekly roundup” edition!
• Instagram made a map over Paris together with the very talented illustrator Soledad Bravi and gave it away at Colette earlier this week. It’s such a cute idea and I couldn’t be more thrilled about actually being featured on the map as one of Paris’ instagrammers.
• I recently shot the lovely Jenny, behind the blog Margo & Me, while she was in Paris last week or so. She’s just the sweetest and I’m so terribly jealous of her pretty little clutch that I got to lust over for a few minutes during an afternoon.
• My darling Aisling asked me a few questions about Fashion Week, you can read my answers here.
This morning I walked through a calm and quiet Jardin des Tuileries to join the backstage madness and to attend the Issey Miyake show. Squeezing in among gorgeous models when you haven’t slept in four days and barely had any time to put on proper make-up that morning is… Less than ideal for your confidence, but my excitement about shooting the backstage area for Wella Professionals made me forget about my sloppy applied mascara and dark circles beneath my eyes. The backstage are is exactly as crazy, crowded and hectic as you probably would imagine it to be – there’s people everywhere and everyone is trying to do their job as quickly and perfect as possible.
I’ve always wanted to shoot more models so this morning was like a dream for me – especially since I fell head over heels in love with the beautiful hair and make-up for the show. Eugene Souleiman, Wella Professionals’ creative director for care and styling, created a hairstyle that incorporated both soft and hard elements and something that would remind you of lightness and clouds. Sure, I would probably not be able to do this at home (I mean, I can barely braid my own hair) but a girl can always dream, right? At least I’ve finally found a hairstyle in which my baby hairs would actually come to good use for once! Paired together with the pastel coloured eye lashes in soft blues and greens I really had a hard time putting the camera down. Thank you Wella for having me!
To see the looks come to live and to see the whole runway show, you can click here.
Paris Fashion Week is officially back in town, which means that I’ll be running around like a headless chicken during the next couple of days. There’s so many exciting shoots, meetings and events coming up that I can’t wait to share more from. Since these days mean non-stop work from 08am to late nights I suggest following along through Instagram instead since I probably won’t be organised enough to get in front of a computer.
I’m slowly realising how wonderful the last couple of weeks have been and how incredibly stressful the coming ones will be. Paris Fashion Week is just around the corner and there’s already so many things filling up my calendar that I’m worried I’m not going to handle it all. Stressful for sure, but it’s fun stress after all! Follow along on Instagram for more updates and photos.