Za kulisami sesji: Louis Vuitton x Esquire The Big Black Book

Już dawno miałam opublikować zdjęcia ‘backstage’ z sesji Louis Vuitton do pierwszego polskiego wydania przewodnika The Big Black Book, ale przy archiwizacji zdjęć właśnie ta foto-relacja gdzieś się sprytnie ukryła i dopiero teraz ją odnalazłam. Uff. Przeglądając raz jeszcze dokumentację tego pięknego sierpniowego dnia poczułam, że to była jedna z najbardziej magicznych sesji, w jakich brałam udział. Dopisała nam i ekipa i pogoda. Nawet wrzosy zakwitły w odpowiednim czasie. A specjalnie wypożyczony na sesję kudłaty zwierzak spisał się na medal. Na obecność psa, a konkretnie wilczarza irlandzkiego, nalegał naczelny Esquire, Filip Niedenthal. Przyznaję się od razu, że nie jestem wielbicielką psów, choć doceniam chęć użycia takiego żywego ‘rekwizytu’ na planie. Łobuzerski urok naszego modela Adriana, w zestawieniu z niepokornym charakterem ‘wilka’ Bingo cudownie oddał swobodny duch jesiennej kolekcji Louis Vuitton zaprojektowanej przez Kima Jonesa. A o to właśnie nam chodziło. ‘Dla wędrowców. Dla podróżników. Dla niespokojnych duchów’ – taką zapowiedź prezentowanej kolekcji przygotowała redakcja. A zatem – w drogę…

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Skład ekipy: ZDJĘCIA Bartek Wieczorek / MODEL Adrian Włodarski / STYLIZACJA Paweł Wybański / WŁOSY Łukasz Pycior / ASYSTENT FOTOGRAFA Wojciech Affek

Dodatkowo na planie obecni: REDAKTOR NACZELNY ESQUIRE POLSKA Filip Niedenthal / MOJA ASYSTENTKA Ola Krystosiak / PIES Bingo.

Kolekcja MRTW LOUIS VUITTON jesień/zima 2015/16, zaprojektowana przez Kima Jonesa, inspirowana twórczością Christophera Nemetha.


London Fashion Week: David Koma SS16

As the Paris Fashion Week goes into full swing, I am still reminiscing the time spent in London. Courtesy of He is Dapper, who in turn won the tickets in an instagram competition announced by Penhaligon’s London, I had a chance to attend the presentation of the spring collection by a London based, Georgian born, fashion designer David Koma. I have to say, I absolutely loved the pieces from his new collection! There were at least a dozen of outfits from the catwalk I could see myself wearing. And that does not happen very often.

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For a different take on the show, see a post by He is Dapper – click here.

To explore the universe of David Koma – check out his website.


Behind the scenes of Louis Vuitton cover shoot

As three beautiful girls grace the cover of May issue of Harper’s Bazaar Polska, I am sharing with you the behind-the-scenes photos. We did the shoot on a sunny March day in Paris, with a very creative, super professional, and talented European crew. As a result of everybody’s work, we put together an amazing shoot and a beautiful red and white (patriotic!) cover with three super hot Polish models in total Louis Vuitton looks from the SS2015 collection designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere. Enjoy the photos and do buy the magazine, it might become a collector’s item!

Z majowej okładki polskiej edycji Harper’s Bazaar patrzą na nas trzy piękne modelki, a tutaj możecie zobaczyć zdjęcia z backstage’u tej sesji. Zdjęcia powstawały pewnego słonecznego marcowego dnia w Paryżu, z udziałem bardzo kreatywnej, profesjonalnej i utalentowanej ekipy z kilku europejskich krajów. W efekcie powstała niezwykłą sesja i piękna biało-czerwona (patriotyczna!) okładka z trzema przepięknymi polskimi modelkami w ‘total looku’ Louis Vuitton z tegorocznej wiosennej kolekcji zaprojektowanej przez Nicolasa Ghesquiere’a. Miłego oglądania:) I koniecznie kupcie to wydanie magazynu, ma szansę zostać białym (a raczej biało-czerwonym) krukiem!

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Models: Magdalena Jasek (Free Models), Ola Rudnicka (Model Plus), Maja Salamon (D’Vision)

Photos: Elisabeth Toll (Lundlund), photographer’s assistants: Per Lundstrom, Mikael Fakhri

Styling: Magdalena Soszyńska (Harper’s Bazaar)

Make up: Dariia Day (D’vision Art), make up artist’s assistant: Marie Tritsch

Hair: Paweł Solis (D’vision Art), hair stylist’s assistant: Helen Heavey

Producer: Karolina Tomaszewicz (Harper’s Bazaar)


Women Fashion Power

In modern times, dress has been used both to signify, and to bring about a change in the status of women. (…) This exhibition explores how women use fashion to define their place in the world, and their sense of themselves.

From corsets to beach wear, from ankle length to above the knee, from skirts to trousers, and reasons behind those changes explained – all of this you will find at the most recent fashion exhibition put up by the London Design Museum. It features designs by Elsa Schiaparelli, Pierre Cardin, YSL, Philip Treacy, to mention a few. Skilfully designed by Zaha Hadid, the exhibition trail guides you through the various decades of fashion, social and political changes and takes you to the world of today, aptly defined as ‘freedom to choose’. I hope the pictures I took speak for themselves, so let them take you on a little preview journey. And if you have a chance, go see the exhibition. It’s enjoyable.

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Women Fashion Power is on until 26 April 2015 at the Design Museum in London. More info on the exhibition – here.


Where Absynt rules

When I bumped into Anna Halarewicz at a fashion show a couple of months ago, I greeted her with saying: – I love your cat! I know – she replied – I can see it on Instagram. Ah, the ever exposing world of social media! Indeed, I am a fervent follower of both Anna’s work (she is a fashion illustrator) and the adventures of her cat. Absynt (the cat) is known to have many admirers. Does she get jealous? I don’t think so. Especially that she enjoys the status of a trendsetter – her cat had been put on the social scene quite some time ago. Compared to him, some other cats may be referred to as mere copy cats. Literally. Albeit the famous Choupette Lagerfeld, with over 30 thousand followers on Instagram, is a clear winner when it comes to numbers. It is not always about the quantity though…

Anna’s atelier is tiny but has a very nice vibe about it. It is filled with acryl paintings, watercolors, and … the cat. Absynt actually acts like he owns the place (don’t tell him it’s not the case). He ignores me at first but, after a while, gracefully grants permission to be touched. I love cats! I have a special understanding with those furry creatures. We communicate on a totally different level. So, while Anna talks to me about her work and the recently published book (it’s beautiful!), Absynt and I have a little purrring session. It is scientifically proven that stroking cats has a relaxing effect on humans. It is a purrfect situation in which both parties are equally happy and satisfied.

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If you are a fashion and art lover, do visit Anna’s website for beautiful fashion illustration – simply click here.


Strawberries & Bazaar

Proper strawberry season is yet to come but I am an all-year-round strawberry lover (read: addict). Polish strawberries are the best in the world but when they are not around, you need to find alternative sources. Thank God for Spain. If I need to buy produce grown in other countries, I tend to stick to Europe. It makes me feel better, knowing that my strawberries only traveled over a few territories, rather than crossed the whole of the Atlantic ocean.

photo 1Strawberries & Bazaar: a strawberry breakfast full of style

So, this is my stylish strawberry-inspired breakfast on a lazy Sunday: Greek yoghurt with strawberry crunch (by M&S) – a wonderful mix of crunchy oat clusters with slices of almond and chunks of dried strawberries, with added almond flakes and dried cranberries (for extra goodness boost), and a home-made strawberry & banana smoothie. To keep with the color scheme I decided to serve it with “Harper’s Bazaar Great Style” book, an inspiring guide on all you need to know about being chic. Coming from a writer at Bazaar, it presents dozens of looks by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Gwyneth Paltrow and SJP, and shares tips from renowned designers, including Carolina Herrera, Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan. It’s a must-have book for all fashion lovers (not just for lazy Sunday mornings). I found it in London last summer – in the Oxfam Books store in Portobello Road in Notting Hill. To be consumed with strawberries or on its own. Either way, enjoy!

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Za kulisami sesji: Agnieszka Cegielska w Grazii

Sesja do Grazii odbyła się pewnego słonecznego marcowego dnia, w Warszawie, która o tej porze roku potrafi być wyjątkowo piękna. Jednak nie piękniejsza niż bohaterka sesji – Agnieszka Cegielska. Takiej Agnieszki jeszcze nie widzieliście. W obiektywie Marleny Bielińskiej zobaczyliśmy zarówno delikatną dziewczynkę, jak i rasową kobietę. Na jednym ze zdjęć Agnieszka wygląda niczym Monika Belluci. Koniecznie sięgnijcie po ten numer Grazii – w sprzedaży jeszcze do środy 16 kwietnia. Warto go mieć. Polecam.


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The Spirit of Travel by Louis Vuitton

The new Louis Vuitton campaign, The Spirit of Travel, is being unveiled across various media as you are reading this post. I had the chance to see the film (watch the trailer here), which will soon be unveiled – back in January, at a meeting in Paris. The very memory of it is giving me goose bumps… It is mesmerizing. It is unbelievably beautiful. It sets you on a journey straight away. First in your head, then you start looking for a destination, but above all – you just want to set foot on the unknown, where you haven’t yet been… I happened to have been to South Africa, where the campaign was shot, and although the beautiful shots were taken around Cape Town, whereas I visited the northern parts near Johannesburg, the country – wherever you go – is truly a unique and amazing location to tell a story about travelling. You can read about my love for Africa in the post from last year.

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Back to the campaign though. The allure of the unknown and the thrill of exploration – are captured in a series of stunning images, shot by Peter Lindbergh, styled by Carine Roitfeld, and starring models Karen Elson and Edie Campbell. The photographer gives us an insight into the captivating spirit of the campaign – We travelled to South Africa with almost complete creative license and a wonderful cast. Karen Elson and Edie Campbell are two young women travelling in a very personal, but not necessarily narrative way. Working without any layouts or prefixed ideas allowed us to create spontaneous and real situations. The result is charming and natural.

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Apart from the models, and the iconic Louis Vuitton bags, you will also see beautiful animals in the pictures – wild giraffes, as well as cheetahs and a pair of lion cubs – these majestic cats were obviously taken care of by professionals. So fear not, nobody from the crew got eaten for breakfast, although Edie Campbell revealed in an exclusive for British Grazia that – The cheetahs were a bit scary. Even though they had been photographed and filmed a lot, they were still quite wild – they behaved as long as you had a chunk of steak for them. – read more here.

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The journey is the destination… Getting there is not as important as the experience of going… – the new Louis Vuitton advertising campaign conjures the original spirit of travel. I’m definitely sold and … searching my diary for a good time to go on a journey. To travel is to live…

All photography by Peter Lindbergh, copyright Louis Vuitton.


Blow(n) away

We all know Isabella Blow was an eccentric. Not everybody knows though that she wore clothes as armor, to protect herself from the outer world. She discovered Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen and nurtured their careers. Careers of many other fashion designers and artists are also credited to Ms Blow. She had a rare talent for finding new faces – putting Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant on the fashion radar. Her valuable possessions – clothes, hats and shoes from numerous designers, though McQueen and Treacy form a focal point of her collection – required a separate room to live in. And this is just a beginning of a story that will, most likely, blow you away…

If you want to take a sneak peek into the extraordinary life and wardrobe of one of the rare personalities in the fashion world, this exhibition is a must-see for you. I left inspired and filled with humbleness and respect for the unique talent she possessed.

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Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!
Open to visitors until 2 March 2014

Somerset House, Embankment Galleries
£12.50, £10 concessions, £6.25 on Mondays

Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shonagh Marshall and designed by award-winning architectural firm Carmody Groarke, with installations by celebrated set designer Shona Heath, the exhibition displays thematically the breadth of Isabella’s collection.


Are you feeling blue?

If blue is your favorite color (I have an ongoing affair with Mr Navy Blue), then Louis Vuitton has something just for you. The iconic Damier line has been repainted in the night blue and renamed Damier Cobalt. It premiered at the Louis Vuitton men’s fashion show in Paris last week, followed by online launch of two bags – Keepall and Atoll. The men’s RTW line, along with other Damier men’s essentials will be available in stores as of the beginning of February. Feeling blue has just gained a totally new meaning…

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What’s in the look? Navy blue and burgundy technical silk trekking parka. Blue wool mohair plain weave single-breasted travel jacket. Burgundy parachute silk wrap pants. Damier Cobalt large Keepall with navy metal and crocodile flask. Burgudny and red nubuck micro epi and rubberised leather trekking boots.

Keepall_55_Damier_CobaltIconic Louis Vuitton travel bag – Keepall 55 in Damier Cobalt