Looking back at a few days in September. . .
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Zipping around Paris taking in all the events, art exhibits, new restaurants, new attractions never gets tiring. It’s all the work when I arrive back home and have to update my Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Tumbler and blog accounts. Complaining, I’m not, it’s a gig many have told me they’re envious of. I understand. After many years as a graphic designer, secretary, stone mason, aerobic dance teacher, chocolate chip cookie baker, and photographer, life has just worked out that way.
While in Paris I had one minute of fame. Crawling the internet at night post Balmain show I came across the Vogue Magazine online site. Lo and behold there I was on point shooting one of the cognoscenti. Thank you staff photographer Phil Oh who included it in his “Best Street Photos from Paris Fashion Week.” It made my day, my year, though I guess that’s my ego speaking.
Okay, enough about that. Time to get onboard and sell some books. No Worries Paris is on the shelf at Powell’s Books. Amazon.com too, of course or at www.trailblazertravelbooks.com. Thanks for giving it some consideration, it’s a pretty helpful walking guide to have along.
With visions of Paris Fashion Week still rolling around in my brain I find myself spotting a blouse trend as I laboriously edit my photos. The late Bill Cunningham used to call out such peculiarisms in his New York Times column, so Bill, “here’s to you.” You were truly missed at the parade of fashion on and off the catwalk this year.
Fashionistas, make sure your blouse sleeve is voluminous and proportionally way too large for your figure in 2017. Oversize is “in.” Tip: buy them in the men’s department if you want to save $$$. Or check your local thrift shops where I’ve seen jillions of ironed Brooks Bros. striped models lined up and ready to snatch.
And by all means watch those cuffs when eating your spaghetti.
Be sure it’s tucked.
Not terribly comfortable, but soooo cool!
And what this has to do with promoting our guidebook, No Worries Paris, I don’t have a clue. Just thought you deserve a little extra entertainment from the fashion world now and then. A bientot!
Bill Cunningham, one of the original street-style photographers died on Saturday in Manhattan.
I met him in Paris on several occasions. We were both on the same quest….capturing the excitement of Fashion Week. From years of experience, he knew the who’s who, had all the show addresses (many big houses keep theirs secret), had front row seats (sometimes he was content just to photograph the comings and goings), and ALWAYS, come rain or shine, wore his blue signature shirt. He stood a little stooped (who wouldn’t at 87), had crooked teeth, and a smile that crept up to his eyes. If you said “hi”, he didn’t respond because, like most photographers on the job, the shot takes precedence over everything. Dedicated, humble, never pushy, always carefully selecting his subject, he was an original and I will truly miss him.
Sometimes there’s a fine line. Paris Fashion Week delivered some question marks. You be the judge:
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing, for a charm of powerful trouble, like a hell-broth boil and bubble. -William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”
Scene: Le Grande Hotel, 2 rue Scribe, 4 p.m., show over. The standouts were the tall, stunning high fashion models still wearing their chic pony tails from the catwalk. Some stopped for photos, some took selfies, other were whisked away into waiting autos. The Hollywood set were there too (Hadids, Jenners, Jonas, Jada Smith) stealing their share of attention but I like to think Paris Fashion Week is all about the designers and the glamorous creatures showing off their designs. They are the real stars, real celebrities.
Go to: http://www.modeaparis.com/en/fashion-shows/Schedules/Ready-to-wear. Click on the designer’s name and the place will be revealed (usually… sometimes the larger fashion houses like Dior keep them secret). Unless you’ve hired a chauffeur, it’s impossible to see them all in one day.
Here’s a rundown for the week.
She’s a standout in a crowd, a one-of-a-kind fashion-firster, a person you can’t help noticing because of her eccentric personal style, and it was not once, but twice I caught up with her at two of her favorite haunts – the Vanves flea market and Dior Fashion Week show.
Did I introduce myself?….no. She was someone I knew had celebrity status but I didn’t know her name or where she fit into the fashion scene. To find her I turned to Google Images: red-hair cupie doll lips bangs fashion Paris and one small square photo of her face turned up. From there I went to a series of articles that filled me in with her impressive credits: contributing fashion editor to Vogue.com, contributing writer to Vogue, a former fashion reporter for The Village Voice with a thirty year career. Her column, “Elements of Style”, was renamed “Frock Star” in February 2007. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Style Magazine, American Vogue, Travel & Leisure and a fashion columnist for Full Frontal Fashion, a style website in association with Sundance Channel.
Yaeger describes her henna-dyed hairdo as that of ‘the world’s oldest French orphan’. Her powdered face, cupid’s-bow dark lipstick, and layered voluminous skirts round out the signature look. “People have asked how I get the courage to walk the streets in, say, a shredded Comme des Garçons coat over a tutu, with metallic orange hair. I owe my confidence at least in part to my parents, who were convinced I was the cutest thing on earth and told me so every single day. (Recently, seeing my reflection at a party, I could almost hear my mom saying, ‘Lynnie, you look so pretty!’)”
Another interesting fact, Yaeger has been affected with a condition of ‘face blindness,’ or prosopagnosia, since she was a child. “I have a lot of difficulty recognizing faces and remembering faces, which is really bizarre for a fashion writer,” she says. “I need a lot of visual clues that aren’t the person’s face.” This has influenced the creation of her own strong, highly-identifiable signature look, she confirms.
Do you have the courage to stand out like Lynn? She is an inspiration and like her mom, I think she is truly beautiful.