paris is dead – deep purple

May 5th, 2015

The fashion fantasies of Jun Takahashi, mastermind of the Undercover label, always seem to tell us a story.

Like a phoenix in reverse, Undercover’s haunting impression inspired writer Ingrid Astier to write a short exclusively for Paris is Dead – ‘Deep Purple.’

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne Von Aichinger, all looks by Undercover.
Creative direction by Antoine Asseraf.
Production by Agathe Rousselle, assisted by Marion Louapre.
Colour management by Dimitris Rigas.

Portrait of Ingrid Astier: Hair by Philippe Mensah @ L’Atelier(68) / Make-up by Min Kim @ Airportagency.
Undercover: Starring Tako @ Next / Hair by Marc Orsatelli @ Agence Aurelien / Make-up by Min Kim @ Airportagency.
Special thanks to Versae Vanni, Jun Takahashi, Chieri Hazu, Hiromi Otsuka, Giorgio Martinoli, Hôtel Saint Merri, La Perouse, Alice Revet.

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paris is dead – bordello valentine

March 15th, 2015

Museums, monuments, shopping… scratch that. Once upon a time, Paris’ number one attraction used to be its bordellos.
Enter Thierry Schaffauser, sex worker, thinker, activist and author of “Les luttes des Putes”, ‘The struggles of whores.’

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Interviewed & edited by Ed Siddons.
Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne von Aichinger, assisted by Chafik Chariet and Lahcen Fatah.
All looks by AMI.
Retouching by Dimitris Rigas.

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paris is dead – bourne to die

March 15th, 2015

Starting at the end of a dirt road in Carolina, passing through a windowless room in San Francisco… Skateboarder-turned-model-turned-writer Scott Bourne was pretty much in the dark about the city of lights.

Now in Paris, he walks among the dead, or with them, as he likes to say.

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Photography & interview by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne von Aichinger, assisted by Chafik Chariet and Lahcen Fatah.
All looks by Berluti.
Retouching by Dimitris Rigas.
Edited by Antoine Asseraf & Ed Siddons.

Special thanks to Geraldine Nicourt @ Elite Models.

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paris is dead – the horror of vulgarity

March 15th, 2015

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is a nomad, never an exile.
Fearless, incisive and literary, and with 2 recently published books – on Loulou de la Falaise and Christian Dior.

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Photography by René Habermacher.
Styling by Suzanne von Aichinger.
Conducted by Antoine Asseraf, Rene Habermacher, and Suzanne von Aichinger.
Transcribed and edited by Edward Siddons.
Make-up by Min Kim @ Airport. Hair by Philippe Mensah @ L’Atelier (68).
All looks by Gaultier Paris. All jewelry by Nadine Barbey.
Shot in the private salons of Lapérouse, Paris.

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THE PROPHETS WORE LINEN

June 11th, 2011

With Lale Müldür in Istanbul


Photo by Cynthia Madansky.

Allow us to introduce the sensational Lale Müldür, who is seated on her couch in the Istanbul neighborhood of Cihangir smoking one of her beloved Marlboro menthols. The walls of the apartment are covered in paintings and photographs, except a bare spot of white directly facing her. There are many portraits of Lale, who is one of the greatest living Turkish poets, by artist friends of hers. Her shelves are stacked with works by Borges, Mallarmé and Catullus, books on religion, philosophy and the French theorists, titles like The Occult Philosophy of the Elizabethan Age and Le soleil d’Allah sur l’occident. There are several photographs of Nico below the bookshelf, and two Albrecht Dürer prints hanging above her head. In the corner of the room there is a small writing desk at the window overlooking the sparkling, streaming waters of the Bosporus, with the minarets of the Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque across the Golden Horn. Today the view is somewhat interrupted by an enormous cruiseship that is parked in the port below. As she talks—her sentences constantly interrupted by gusts of laughter—seagulls come to land on her windowsill and peer into the room. Lale picks up a volume of her poetry called Water Music, and begins to read the first poem, “Barocco,” slowly but naturally in her warm, striated voice:

“She finally undresses for the species of ferocious seabirds. She drops her wedding ring into the water. — This is me, just before my divorce. — She leaves the singular pearl of winter in some other house… / Bending / refracted in the water / she sinks to the bottom. / Turning her seaweed eyes, she looks to Uranus.”

It’s about freeing herself, she says, opening herself to new, strange experiences. Uranus represents the unknown, unexpected, and “extraterrestrial.”
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