“A LONDONER IN PARIS”: ONE FOR THE ROAD



One day to go before going back to Paris and the start of the Cannes Festival.
Feeling the Va Va V(r)oom

STILL EN VOGUE



Summer was in the air a few days ago in London and I let my mind drift  as I was basking in the sun eating ice-creams with a friend in Hyde Park and I suddenly started day-dreaming of the beach and…George Hoyningen-Huene and the iconic black and white photographs from the Swimwear shoot he did for Vogue in the late 1920s- early 1930s that encapsulated the chic and timeless French Riviera attitude of yesteryear. Sigh. Which reminds me there is only a few days before the Cannes Festival starts…


George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968) was a fashion photographer of German origin who fled his native Russia during the 1917 Revolution. He established himself in Paris where he designed garments for fashion houses. In 1925 Hoyningen-Huene obtained his first position as an illustrator at Vogue. He subsequently became one of the magazine’s leading photographers. In 1935, he emigrated to New York and became a US citizen. There he collaborated with Harper’s Baazar, later moving to Hollywood where he became a portrait photographer to the stars.

Hoyningen-Huene produced Vogue’s advertising campaigns for the 1929-1930 ladies swimwear collections. The most famous fashion designers at the time were Izod, Lelong and most prominently Jean Patou. The creations targeted a new kind of customer – the working, sporty and liberated women. The flapper fashion, which reached its peak between 1919 and 1929, changed the archetype of feminine fashion and lifestyle habits forever. Under the influence of Coco Chanel, the suntanned look became a fashion mainstream from 1920, after which the arms, legs and shoulders began to be revealed. Being a slender and tanned woman became a social “must”.

He developed a style in fitting with the spirit of the time thus creating a modern iconography. He was fond of quoting his friend Coco Chanel: “L’Elégance c’est moi.”. Clearly!

Swimwear by Lanvin

Swimwear by Lanvin

 

Swimwear by Schiaparelli

Swimwear by Schiaparelli

 



Swimwear by Schiaparelli

Swimwear by Schiaparelli

 



Swimwear by Schiaparelli

Swimwear by Schiaparelli

 

Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller

 





Swimwear by Jean Patou

Swimwear by Jean Patou

 

Swimwear by Lelong

Swimwear by Lelong

 

Swimwear by Jean Patou

Swimwear by Jean Patou

 

Swimwear by Jean Patou

Swimwear by Jean Patou

 

By Horst

By Horst

“A LONDONER IN PARIS”: REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST



Last week in Paris as A-Gent of Style went to the sexy and moody Hotel Costes to meet the talented and charming Mark D Sikes, one of his inspirational bloggers, he came across the French visual artist Sabine Pigalle after picking up the glossy Palace Costes magazine. I was immediately mesmerised by her latest series ‘Timequakes’ that she conceived just after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

In her latest exhibition at the Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais, her work deals with the reinterpretations of mythology and religious history and creating hybrid contemporary photographs produced from portraitures mostly from recognizable classical paintings – some Flemish, others Mannerist – from the late 15th to the early 17th century mixed up with Tokyo’s shaky lights.

I like the fact that her works deals with the past and the present, figuration and abstraction, painting and photography and I was particularly drawn too to the clothes her sitters wear. Have a close look at the magnificent silks, brocades, velvets, sheers and embroideries. Quel spectacle!

After Hans Holbein

After Hans Holbein

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Lucas Cranach

After Lucas Cranach

After Frans Pourbus

After Frans Pourbus

After Pisanello

After Pisanello

After Anonymous

After Anonymous

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Gerard de Saint-Jean

After Gerard de Saint-Jean

After Piero di Cosimo

After Piero di Cosimo

After Petrus Christus

After Petrus Christus

After Giovanni Bellini

After Giovanni Bellini

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Domenico Ghirlandaio

After Domenico Ghirlandaio

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After William Scrots

After William Scrots

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Andrea del Sarto

After Andrea del Sarto

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After Lorenzo di Credi

After Lorenzo di Credi

After Leonardo da Vinci

After Leonardo da Vinci

After Isaac Claesz van Swanenburg

After Isaac Claesz van Swanenburg

 

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