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.

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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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