photography

Peter Lindbergh, the street photographer



Peter Lindbergh Dior New York Times Square

Sorry to be a Peter Lindbergh bore but this new photo book looks like a total gem.

Only Lindbergh could persuade Dior to ship 80-odd couture outfits from its temperature-controlled Paris vaults to the streets of New York. The grimy streets of Times Square no less, where Lindbergh and his team shot his favourite supermodels street photographer style, sans the OTT hair and make-up that would normally accompany such finery on the runway for his book, Dior by Peter Lindbergh.

Peter Lindbergh Dior New York Times Square

The outfits span the 70-year Dior archive, from hand-sewn constructions by Christian Dior himself, to recent creations by Maria Grazia Chiuri. In the spirit of 1950s couture editorial photography, the contrast of the elegant gowns against the grit of the street is as bold as ever. I’m intrigued by the shot of Alek Wek, above. That looks like it *could* be an original Dior bar jacket, but I’m wincing for the stylist whose neck would be on the block should there be the slightest tear in the wasp waist, or trace of foundation on the collar.

If you’re a lover of the street photographer greats and Lindbergh, then this will likely appeal. It comes cloth bound in a double volume, the second volume being a collection of Lindbergh’s editorial photography of Dior clothing over the years. Not so interesting to me as the street photography volume, but a fantastic package overall.

Dior by Peter Lindbergh is £150 and will be available from Taschen any day now. Pre-order here* and watch the video here.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Dior by Peter Lindbergh
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Venetia Scott style



Venetia Scott exhibition Matches

Loving this style profile of Venetia Scott on Matchesfashion.com. Scott is a photographer, stylist and fashion director of British Vogue, and was also instrumental in making Marc Jacobs the must-have insider label of the 2000s.

In collaboration with Matches, she has her first photography exhibition, ‘Fragile Face Lay Flat’ showing at the Matches Townhouse, 5 Carlos Place, London, W1, from 16-28 September 2019. More info here. (more…)



The Lindbergh look



Linda Evangelista by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italia December 1989

“This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”
Peter Lindbergh

How do you define the ‘Lindbergh’ look? I think I summed it up quite well here; soulful, expressive, with a slightly red-eyed, poetic vulnerability. The Lindbergh look “speaks of emotion and individuality, always letting the natural skin shine through.” (more…)



Buy it now: Demellier SS19



Demellier SS19 Miami - affordable luxury leather tote bags

Demellier bags have had a major boost since I first discovered them in 2012. Quick back story: I discovered them in the best way, when I was at an event talking to someone and my eyes kept resting on somebody elses’s bag across the room. When I found the owner and quizzed her about her bag, she revealed it was her own design. That was Mireia Llusia-Lindh, then a corporate consultant whose frustration at not being able to find a practical and sensibly-priced bag for work led her to design her own. Classic founder story! We made friends and I’ve followed her success – and the evolution of the brand name – since.

The Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle) is another fan, whose high profile patronage has shot Demellier bags into the mainstream. Actually, Demellier bags have developed from the original laptop-friendly totes into smaller fashion bags, offering more choice, colours and price points. (more…)