Sunday Subway

GRAPHIC DESIGN, PEOPLE




I have been riding my bike in Paris since August. It’s rather painful at the moment with the rain or even the snow, and of course because of the cold.
As I had to cross Paris from North to South to visit a friend, I decided to take the metro and enjoy, relax, listen to the ipod/iphone, dream.
While walking in the metro corridors, I saw that billboard for a play named “Très chère Mathilde” currently hosted by Théâtre Marigny in Paris. Former French dancer Line Renaud, also known as an actress and a spokesperson for aids research associations, is playing Mathilde, an elegant old lady, who’s living with her daughter. 50-year-old New Yorker Matthias has views on the apartment the two women are living in, and that he has inherited (the flat, not the women), BUT it will only be available for him once Mathilde will be deceased.
Sounds “why not” to me, though I’m not really used to going to theaters, especially not to see Line Renaud.
However, what really interested me was the billboard itself. I’m a great fan of illustration as we used to see it, before it was all photoshop and retouching.
I also loved the very woman representation of younger Mathilde. She almost looks like a doll, with her pale visage, red chicks, delicate fruit lips and deep blue eyes.
Please give us more of that in 2009 …

Then, I saw that ad for a better life in Martinique. Bizarre mix with the metro wall. I don’t have time and money to go to Martinique, but thanks god the island fever is definetely there with Lost come back on screen !

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Kings of the Stone Age or The Massive Beard Attack

FASHION, PEOPLE, SOCIETY




Lately, I had a vision from beyond. Well in fact, as I was at the supermarket, begging for a low-fat-full-taste-highly-comforting something to bring home for dinner (I mean, food …), I saw a bearded man a few feet away. I couldn’t help but following his steps. He eventually turned his back and I discovered a geeky face hidden by hair everywhere with a sad outfit. He looked like a computer-loving bachelor lost in the 70s. Nothing sexy, believe me.
The day after, I came back to the supermarket, and in my search for the organic chocolate cookie (Monoprix Bio Chocolate Cookies, taste it, never forget it), I came across another dark-bearded guy. Once again, I followed him but when we got face to face, he was just some kind of 68-ers hippie, as we call them in France. Let’s say that he had probably a nostalgy of losing his virginity at Woodstock with a Joan Baez lookalike hairy student and now had been led to praising organic food and anti-consumerism. Though we could have had some common views on the importance of healthy food, I doubt we could have gone further.
I was mistaken by THE BEARD.
Last week, hot male model Ferdi Sibbel was cast for the Fall / Winter 09 lookbook shooting for French brand Façonnable – I’ve been working on that project. Ferdi was wearing a sexy beard he was immediately asked to leave for a shorter do. Such a shame, it really suited his preppy/brooklyn-hip/I-ride-a-bike-dude look.

After having had that thing for moustache, I must admit we’re facing a massive beard attack.
This relates to two strong features. First, the beard embodies that spirit of being freed from the daily duty that society imposes you. You can link it with rejecting rules, being the master of your own body, being environment-aware, listening to folk music, being veggie, having long hair, praising peace and love, practising tantra sex. It’s definitely part of the hippie uniform.
Then, the beard is the ultimate manly accessory. Cro-magnon man has never been so sexy than now. He won’t steal you your night cream. He can protect you if you’re being attacked. He’s a rock, HE HAS A BEARD. Images are better than words. Please see below the pictures of French rubgy player Sebastien Chabal who had such a success with the ladies that he was enrolled to become the icon of a perfume campaign. Also the photos of French model Patrick Petitjean, who is said to be living alone in the mountains (how hip of him), and American Japanese-born actor Tadanobu Asano who was cast alongside Chloe Sevigny in UNIQLO’s campaign in the US last year. And finally, French unpredictable but yet gifted musician Sebastien Tellier who gave us last year the most sexy album of the decade “Sexuality”.
Enjoy !

SEBASTIEN CHABAL


PATRICK PETITJEAN






SEBASTIEN TELLIER


Barack and Michelle, an American couple in 1996

PEOPLE, POLITICS, SOCIETY

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were interviewed back in 1996, by a photographer preparing a book about American couples.
French newspaper just published the interview, you can read it here : Le Monde
It’s the opportunity to read something more spontaneous that what his current function would allow him/them to do now.
Their story are really interesting and give another look on what can be considered as “success”. These two had already achieved a lot before winning the elections.

When I’m young, I wanna be Tavi

FASHION, SOCIETY

Check that amazing kid’s blog “Style Rookie”

Tavi is only twelve and has already an incredible sense of style. The young lady has strong opinions, just read that : “Seventeen is mainly composed of a bunch of BS about “a pop of color!”, ANTM is pretty much centered around Tyra and using the word “fierce”, and big-lettered, neon, Henry Holland knock-off tees that say things about Going Green and Peace and Partying worn by people who don’t know they’re wearing a knock-off speaks for itself.” Brraaaak ! as would say some friends of mine …

The blonde cutie mixes clothes found at thrift stores and gracefuly recreates styles seen in fashion shows, or invents her own Tavi style. The result is amazing. I go to thrift stores, I mix it, I’m 30, I can’t do that. But the thing is, she showed me that with some sewing and fun, you can do almost anything.

Tavi does not only know more about fashion than you or most fashion wannabes and pseudo journalists, she also writes very well. I would love to take a look at her grade report and compliment her English teacher. Well I guess I would also warn her to check if the little girl is not being bullied by other pupils because of her bold outfit choices… I’m pretty sure her parents have some kind of artistic background and did not raise her praising Hannah Miley Montana or the Jonas bros, but though Tavi deserves our respect for such a smart start in life. I definitely want to be Tavi when I’m young.