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.
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