Archive for October, 2009

This Masquerade

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Last night on the Lower East Side, Yves Saint Laurent decided to rent out an old Gothic synagogue and throw a Parisienne-inspired masquerade party. It was the launch party for their new fragrance (itself rather conveniently called Parisienne), but despite all of the Left Bank window dressing this party felt like nothing so much as old school pre-recession downtown NYC. A luxury brand (YSL) paid for a full open bar…the suits mingled with the models, hipsters, and misfits…Mr. Newton and Bronques shot photos…the MisShapes and Alexandra Richards played awesome music…and everything seemed right with the world for one night. Vive la fete! xxx

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Flea Market Finds

Hey – I shot these photos last weekend when I was out at the Dumbo Flea. (Dumbo is an acronym to describe the Brooklyn neighborhood that sits down under the Manhattan bridge overpass – if ya don’t know, now ya know.) There’s just something that seems so “perfect fall weekend day in the city” about going and poking around a great flea market. If you don’t have a sweetie to wander around with you, you suddenly want one…if you don’t have a cute New York loft to decorate with antiques and unique finds, well you suddenly want one of those too. I was mostly there for the pizza though. Dave Sclarow and his crew at Pizza Moto are making what may be the very best pizza in the city at the moment – a real find with little effort and no heavy lifting. xx Mr. Newton

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Native American Summer

Short skirts, bare legs, tank tops, denim shorts, floral prints – and no one even wearing a jacket, much less a coat. Believe it or not, these photos were all shot last week in New York! We had what was likely our last blast of near summer-like weather…and the streets were packed with loads of kids out enjoying it while it lasted. I ran into lots of friends, had some great food, hit some flea markets, and saw Terry Richardson at least twice a day (he seems to enjoy walking around downtown a lot – smart man). Of course I had my camera with me all week and snapped street style photos along the way – check ‘em out. xx Mr. Newton

My View of Paris…Rue de Sevres

5:06pm…a window display at Bon Marche advertising their Guy Bourdin exhibit…

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Lucid Dreaming

If you’re in Paris this weekend, you really should hurry over to Bon Marche and check out the Guy Bourdin films exhibit. It closes on the 25th…but since the 25th is a Sunday…when Bon Marche and pretty much everything else in Paris is closed…your last day to catch it is actually tomorrow, the 24th. I had a leisurely wander through when I was in town recently for fashion week. I couldn’t resist snapping these photos you see here. You can watch some (but not all) of these films online, but the presentation at the exhibit makes for a far dreamier and surreal experience. The silent models haunting the films, the music soundtrack, the presentation with multiple projections and mirrored floors – the entire experience left me with a bit of a melancholy feeling. It plays like a home movie flashback montage from the saddest 70′s fashion documentary that never was.

Marc My Words

Hi there – I have a few rules that I always follow during Paris Fashion Week - simple things like “only go to the Flore at night” (much better crowd than during the day), “never sit front row if you’ve blagged your way in to a show” (no one ever gets kicked out of the second row), and “never investigate the insides of those places that line the Boulevard de Clichy” (just admire their retro-cool neon signs from the sidewalk). A final and somewhat more personal rule is, “when Marc Jacobs walks out of the Louis Vuitton show, I shoot his photo and then the camera goes in the bag”. The Vuitton show is generally held on the last full day of PFW…and I’m generally burned out and a bit over it by that point…so while there are usually still a handful of shows remaining on the schedule…I hang out to shoot Marc’s photo after the show and then turn into a tourist. After traveling over from NYC or London, racing all over town for 7 or 8 days, shooting a couple thousand photos – this little ritual gives me a sense of satisfaction and relief. This season – after shooting Marc’s photo – I headed straight for the Metro station and went to lunch at the Bon Marche food hall…after eating I went to umm, a fashion photography exhibit. Well, maybe I wasn’t totally burned out on fashion and photography after all! haha Check out my photos from the Louis Vuitton show below. (Been having a gorgeous week this week in New York and shooting lots of street fashion – those photos and more Paris photos coming soon.) xx Mr. Newton

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My View of Paris…Trocadero

4:03pm…on my way to Commes des Garcons…

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My View of Paris…Jardin des Tuileries

2:30pm…looking tres chic in the Tuileries…

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My View of Paris…Le Regine

2:17am…just off the main dance floor, Le Regine…

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