paris is dead – THE 7 RABBIT LIVES OF MR. KAWAHARA

June 29th, 2015

IT STARTED THE MOMENT HE LANDED.

ON THE CHARLES DE GAULLE RUNWAY, WHITE RABBITS.

FROM THAT PRECISE MOMENT ON, SHINSUKE KAWAHARA’S OBSESSION WAS SET IN MOTION.

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Conducted by Antoine Asseraf, René Habermacher, and Suzanne von Aichinger.
Transcribed and edited by Edward Siddons.
Photography by René Habermacher.
Illustration by Shinsuke Kawahara.
Creative direction by Antoine Asseraf.

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kate moss as the night porter, take 1.

March 14th, 2011

Marc Jacobs’ tour-de-force ending for Paris Fashion Week, featuring handcuffs, elevators, and some obsessive ladies, almost made everyone forget about the Galliano debacle. The image now engraved in everyone’s mind is that of Kate Moss closing the Night Porter-style show, cigarette in mouth. But however powerful it was to see it live, somehow this image had already been floating in collective consciousness…

Kate by Rene Habermacher

“Kate” by René Habermacher for Numéro Paris, Make-up by Linda Cantello.

Before he became a photographer, René Habermacher was as an illustrator — who was already a bit of a photographer. Numéro Paris, under the helm of Babeth Djian and Thomas Lenthal, frequently commissioned him fashion and beauty series made up entirely of photorealistic illustrations, “unreal” photos.

“Unreal” because there was no shooting, no camera. Only René, an idea, dozens of image references, hundreds of hours of drawing and airbrushing, and in this case, the advice of master make-up artist Linda Cantello, of Roxy Music fame.

Kate Moss by René Habermacher

Kate Moss by René Habermacher

So for this 2003 beauty series, René imagined Kate Moss as heir to Charlotte Rampling’s SS-cap-wearing and cigarette-smoking character from the 1974 film The Night Porter.

Where it gets interesting is that these images then found their way into the work of Terry Richardson (NSFW below), who thought that Kate was missing something else in her mouth…
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