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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CREDITS

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)

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Gazing at Koons

Koons had always intrigued me, so I was really up for seeing the collection of 150 pieces gathered at The Retrospective of his work, from the 70s to present day. The opportunity presented itself during my recent trip to Paris. I wondered through the several rooms filled with giant shiny balloon animals, light-reflecting blue gazing balls resting on antique sculptures, blown-up reproductions of advertising campaigns, floating basketballs in tanks and full-on sex scenes from the Made in Heaven series. I took pictures but, somehow, my mental notebook was empty.

The last pieces you see before exiting the exhibition are part of the Gazing ball series. And, as I gazed at the balls, seeing my own reflection in them, I suddenly felt being disconnected from this art. For me, art, like books, or movies, should not just scratch the surface by simply looking nice. It should connect with my emotions on a deeper level. I discovered that I was simply gazing at the pieces and some of them, seemed to be gazing back, but in fact, I didn’t find them talking to me. An American artist known for reproduction of banal objects – that’s the first words of the entry on Jeff Koons in Wikipedia. I think the collection of so many banal objects in one place took its toll on me. I might have gone off Koons.

Do not get discouraged though and go see the exhibition, if you can, to make up your own mind. After all, his pieces sell for record breaking sums (in fact he holds a world record for a price paid for a single artwork by a living artist). The allure must be there.

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Jeff Koons The retrospective is open at Centre Pompidou in Paris until April 27, 2015.

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A morning in Jardin du Luxembourg

How many times do you have a chance to simply go for a walk, in a beautiful place, during your working hours? I don’t often do but I try to find and cherish those rare moments as much as I can. This one happened to me yesterday, as I was coming from the airport and being on the way to my hotel in Paris. I suddenly decided to change the route I had planned and, rather than getting the metro almost all the way to the hotel, I got off the train at a different station and went across a park. Jardin du Luxembourg must look beautiful in the summer, boosting with colors, lush green grass and all kinds of flowers. But then, in the frosty February weather, it does cast a spell on you too. I charged my batteries for the whole day with those magic moments I tried to capture in the photos. Here they are for your perusal. Enjoy!

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The man behind … the cap

I couldn’t help but approach him, though a bit inhibited by his tall figure, towering over a sea of beauty editors attending the premiere of a new Sisley fragrance, Eau Tropicale. I put my fears in my bag and decided to introduce myself. There was no way I was turining my back on the occasion of personal encounter with Bronisław Krzysztof, the sculptor behind the cap of Soir de Lune, my favorite scent. After all, I look at his work every week – a woman kissing the moon crescent – isn’t that magical?

photoLittle me with the great talent behind the sculpture-caps of Sisley fragrances

I wanted to know so much about ‘the man behind the cap’ – how it came about, what was his inspiration, what was he like? The artist told me he was commissioned to be found by the French Consulate in Cracow, back in 1989. Once found, he had been asked to prepare some ideas and then invited to Paris by the d’Ornano family, the people behind Sisley brand. Before you knew, 20 years went by and I am still designing caps for their perfumes – says Mr Krzysztof. It is a great privilege to have been made part of their circle of friends – he adds. I can only imagine this must indeed be a privilege. I still hold dear in my memory the day when I attended one of Sisley’s launches, graced by the appearance of the truly inspiring Countess Isabelle d’Ornano.

soir de luneDesign and bottle of Sisley’s Soir de Lune perfume by Bronisław Krzysztof

Don’t be deceived by the little creations of Mr Krzysztof – they are not the only fruits of his talent. He’s had a quite prolific career, spanning across sculpture, drawings, medals and designer objects. For more information check out his website. For enhancing your dressing table with a new scent capped with a piece of art, visit the nearest perfumery. Eau Tropicale is a perfect choice for those who love lighter, sunny, floral fragrances. I shall stick to the deeper, musky, woody notes of Soir de Lune. After all, true love lasts forever…

eau_trpoicale_hpg_slider_15.03.2014Eau de Tropicale inspired painting by another Polish artist Krystyna Radziwiłł

Nie mogłam nie podejść do Bronisława Krzysztofa, choć przyznaję, że jego wzrost, górujący nad głowami gości premiery nowego zapachu Sisley Eau de Tropicale, trochę mnie przed tym powstrzymywał. Ostatecznie schowałam jednak strach do torebki i postanowiłam się przedstawić. Nie podarowałabym sobie, gdybym nie poznała osobiście autora rzeźby zdobiącej korek moich ulubionych perfum Sisley Soir de Lune. Pocałunek kobiety z księżycem – czy można sobie wyobrazić coś bardziej magicznego?

Chciałam poznać rzeźbiarza ukrytego za korkiem perfum, dowiedzieć się, jak rozpoczęła się jego przygoda z Sisley. To był chyba 89 rok, wiele osób chciało poznać “ten Wschód”, jak nazywano Polskę. Polecono konsulatowi w Krakowie, by mnie odszukać. Zostałem potem zaproszony do Paryża. I tak dwadzieścia parę lat przeleciało jak z bicza strzelił – mówi Bronisław Krzysztof, który nadal rzeźbi dla Sisley. Czuję się uprzywilejowany, będąc w gronie przyjaciół rodziny d’Ornano – dodaje. Mogę sobie tylko wyobrazić, jak wyjątkowe musi to być uczucie. Ja nadal mam w pamięci wizytę Państwa d’Ornano w Polsce (o czym pisałam tutaj). Hrabina Isabelle zrobiła wtedy na mnie oszałamiające wrażenie. Pamiętam to spotkanie do dziś, choć minęło już kilka lat.

Małe formy Bronisława Krzysztofa to nie jedyne owoce jego talentu. Para się także pełnowymiarową rzeźbą, medalami odlewanymi w brązie, rysunkiem (więcej informacji można znaleźć na stronie internetowej artysty). Tym, którzy chcą mieć perfumy zdobione unikatowym dziełem sztuki, polecam wizytę w perfumerii. Eau Tropicale będzie dobrym wyborem dla miłośników lżejszych, słonecznych, tropikalnych zapachów. Ja pozostanę wierna cięższym, szyprowym nutom księżycowego Soir de Lune. Bo prawdziwa miłość nie przemija nigdy…

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Guest-post: See the unseen

I have great pleasure to offer my blog to a guest writer, Anna Riedel, who – upon reading a press release on the newest exhibition at Louis Vuitton Espace Culturel in Paris – decided to plan her weekend around the theme of art. Here is the account of her stay in the capital of France. Hope you enjoy reading this post just as much as I have. Anna, thank you for a great write-up!
imageMural street art at Centre Pompidou, Paris
Not often do you decide to spend your money to do something that is strictly connected to your work. It’s obviously much more probable if you love your job (which is my case) but still… When you do decide to take some time off, you tend to look for places and attractions that don’t scream: ASAP or URGENT on every corner. But not me… not this time. What many people do not know about Louis Vuitton is that it has exhibition venues called Espaces in different cities around the world: Paris, Tokio, Venice, Singapur and (recently added) Munich. The Espaces are art galleries with fully autonomous art curators who put together spectacular contemporary art exhibitions.
The moment I received information concerning upcoming exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Espace in Paris I knew I had to be there. So, as soon as the idea got my boss’s blessing, I booked a plane ticket for my 4 day trip to Paris. I love the city to bits, so as far as I’m concerned, Paris IS actually always a good idea… I guess I was also longing for a delicious croissant and coffee breakfast anyway, and I just needed a proper excuse to go and get it. One of the things I love most about Paris is the blooming street art. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you can see many different forms of art, from “off the wall” wisdom like “L’amour est mort” quotes to mesmerizing graffiti and intriguing pop-art murals. All you have to do is keep your eyes wide open and then, when you least expect it, you may just find an inconspicuous little piece of art.
imagePortrait of Serge Gainsbourg – mural fan art on the wall of his house in Paris
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I am not a big fan of the so called high end modern art, but funnily enough, what has brought me to Paris this particular time was in fact – art at its finest. The exhibition that has pushed my “OK let’s do this!” button was Astralis, which is another term for invisible and was said to “conjure up celestial, elusive, and otherworldly themes.” From that line on I was sold. I am a big fan of Discovery Science programs, so as long as it says “stars”, ‘universe”, or “imperceptible” I’m in. And such was the case with Astralis. Inspired by the poem of Novalis (German author from the19th century) the exhibition presents the journey of the soul. It questions our being and presents us with an artistic outlook on human beliefs and emotions concerning life and death. It takes on the matter of passing by, showing all our pitiful attempts of understanding life and overcoming the limitations of our existence.

If you decide to go see it, you will come across (above many other stunning pieces) some of my favorites, such as:

Four vertical oil paintings on canvas named: life, death, time and le sud de paradis (literally “south of heaven” or hell on earth) by Damien Deroubaix (presented in a room with a centerpiece sculpture in the middle of a black carpet floor and a trompe l’oeil ceiling painting). Taxidermisted Japanese nightingale with keys, golden chains and glass ornaments in the shape of tears – an installation named Des rires, des larmes, des etoiles by Miriam Mechita. Charley Case Cosmic Lodge Installation inspired by the native American Inipi – sacred ceremony of the Lakota people.

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Cosmic Lodge by Charley Case
I could go on forever explaining what the exhibition is all about, or copy-paste many memorable quotes from the beautiful album I kept as a souvenir of my trip, but I am a firm believer of the concept that art should be, above all, felt – not explained. So I will let you google the facts, and just tell you this – The most amazing thing about Astralis is that it leaves you with a certain unease and calmness at the same time. It does something amazing, what art should be doing but sadly – rarely does. It will not shock you, it is not provocative in any way, it doesn’t scare you or disgust you… it does none of the above, yet it triggers off all your emotions and leaves you spiritually haunted, in a truly magical way…
Go see it. It’s worth it.
Astralis
Artists: ART ORIENTE OBJET (Marion LAVAL JEANTET and Benoit MANGIN), David ALTMEJD, Rina BANERJEE, BASSERODE, Charley CASE, Damien DEROUBAIX, Jean-Luc FAVERO, Vidya GASTALDON, Siobhŕn HAPASKA, Myriam MECHITA, Chloé PIENE, Břrre SAETHRE.Curator: Pascal Pique for Musée de l’Invisible.
Cool fact: You can visit all exhibitions at Espace Louis Vuitton free of charge and leave with a wonderfully published album, presenting the featured art pieces and information on their authors.
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Last chance to see Paris Haute Couture!

I’ve seen this exhibition twice. I would happily go and see it again, except I’m not going to be in Paris this week. It is small but concise. It gives you a chance to dive into the haute couture world and admire the talent of the French couturiers. There are Chanels, Diors and Lanvins, of course, defining the high fashion as we know it. But my heart was totally stolen by the Bengale dress by Marcelle Dormoy. Maybe because of its graceful appearance, maybe of its colors – emerald green and fuchsia (one of my favorite color combinations, not that I ever wear it myself). I can’t quite explain it but there was something about that dress… Marcelle Dormoy was a French fashion designer active in 1930s and 40s. I’ve found quite a few vintage prints of his work online, like this beautiful evening gown from 1947. I’m quite intrigued to find more about this designer (if anybody has any information, please share!).

Paris Haute Couture exhibition is shown at Hôtel de Ville until Saturday this week

Sketches of the 1948 Bengale dress by Marcelle Dormoy

I liked the dress so much I made my own sketch.
It’s not quite as good as the original one but it’s not bad either:)

Paris Haute Couture at Hotel de Ville closes on Saturday, July 6th. Open from 10am to 7pm. Admission free of charge. If you’re in Paris and haven’t seen it yet, hurry! You might make your own fashion discovery…

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The fifth dimension

I believe in the fourth dimension, and in a fifth […]. This stems from the need to be reassured, to believe that one never loses everything and that there is something happening on the other side.
Gabriele Chanel in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel, Paris, P. Belfond, 1987, p. 118

No. 5 Culture Chanel at Palais De Tokyo in Paris showcases various aspects of Coco Chanel’s most famous creation. The concept of the exhibition is very simple – everything is displayed in 110 cases containing photos, letters, works of art, books, early bottles of No. 5, few memorabilia, sketches, ads and documents, telling a story of the revolutionary scent created in 1921.

Visually, the exhibition is very modest but presents a complex insight into, undoubtedly, the world’s famous perfume – in more than just five dimensions. One hour is not enough to explore every single item in the show, so book a decent time slot in your diary. Oh, and do hurry, as it closes on June 5th!

No. 5 Culture Chanel at Palais De Tokyo in Paris, until June 5th, 2013.
Opening hours from 12.00 to 24.00 every day except Tuesday. Free admission.

A giant Chanel no. 5 bottle is part of the exhibition. 
I couldn’t help but wonder – is it filled with real perfume?

For more pictures from the weekend I spent in Paris, go here.
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La Parisienne według Ines

Zaprzyjaźniona dziennikarka wręczyła mi podręcznik stylu napisany przez Ines de la Fressange i szepnąwszy tajemniczo – Może napiszesz o tym na blogu? – udała się na dwutygodniowe wakacje. Zaintrygowała mnie czerwona okładka z zabawnym rysunkiem kobiecej sylwetki. Okazało się, że – podobnie jak wszystkie rysunki w książce – jest autorstwa samej Ines, jednej z najsłynniejszych modelek i francuskiej ikony stylu. Gdybym zobaczyła ten rysunek w oderwaniu od książki, powiedziałabym, że przedstawia … Paryżankę:)

Oto mój osobisty wybór patentów Ines na paryski styl:

* Paryski styl to podejście do życia, to stan umysłu.
* Komplety są kompletnie do niczego! Reguła jest prosta: nigdy nie kupuje się kompletu. Szyk polega na tym, że ciągle tworzy się go od nowa.
* Niekonwencjonalny styl a la Parisienne? Mieszaj. Np. marynarka od smokingu plus trampki. 
* Upewnij się, że w twojej szafie znajduje się Wielka Siódemka: męski blezer, prochowiec, granatowy sweterek, tank-top, mała czarna, dżinsy i skórzana kurtka.
* Nie mnóż pierścionków. Najpiękniejsza biżuteria, jaką masz, to zawsze twoja obrączka.
* Nie ma nic gorszego niż przesadny makijaż na wieczorne wyjście. To takie passe!

Więcej sposobów na rozszyfrowanie DNA paryżanek znajdziecie w książce. A do tego spora porcja dobrych adresów – sklepy, kawiarnie, restauracje, hotele oraz inne paryskie sekrety Ines. “Paryski szyk” należy zakupić i szykownie ustawić na półce ze stylowymi książkami. Oraz zaglądać do niego w chwilach rozterek modowych, by zamienić: Nie wiem, co na siebie włożyć! na: C’est facile! 

PS. Ola, dziękuję:)

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Meet Les Garcons

The best thing that can happen to a PR pro? Coming to a press launch and feeling like you would organize it exactly the same way. It does not happen often, in fact – it is a very rare thing. So, when it does, the joy and respect for the people behind it is immense.

I had a chance to witness such an event in Paris two weeks ago. It was the press launch of a French fashion brand pour homme Les Garcons. Created by two talented designers, Gregory Lamaud and Louis Gerin, the label returns with the basic line and the fall/winter collection 2012/13. Both collections offer men’s lingerie, shirts, swimwear and home wear. 2012 is a BIG come-back-year for Les Garcons and I keep my everything crossed for their success!

Gregory Lamaud, Chantal Thomass (a friend of Les Garcons) and Louis Gerin
photo: Les Garcons

The press launch was organized in the tre chic Jules & Jim hotel, where – after presenting your personal invite – you were given a map which guided you through four rooms, each presenting one line by Les Garcons. We traveled through rooms filled with monochrome hues of deep black, shadow grey, night blue and white, enjoying the touch of sensual fabrics – silk, modal and cotton mesh, and the look of sexy models – lounging on beds, or goofing around in the apres ski party style. Some of them didn’t just pose but were happy to chat with the visitors. You look very sexy, boys! – I couldn’t help saying. You look very beautiful, madame! – they replied. Wouldn’t you be flattered? I was.

The most favorite room? Apres Ski Party!

I love the concept of Les Garcons, the quality of the garments, the understated style. I truly enjoyed being taken on a journey into the brand. Not an ordinary press launch.

Having seen the collection, I toasted to the success of the label in the hotel bar and, while sipping my champagne, interviewed Gregory about how it all began. But that, my dear reader, is the subject of another write-up… (go here to read the interview).

Champagne and branded cupcakes were served to the journalists. Yummy!

PS. Les Garcons is launching in-store in summer 2012, with collections being available on-line as of spring. For now, visit their Facebook and blog. Voila!

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