Inside Paris Fashion Week with Illustrator Nicolas Tavitian – Part 1

Welcome to this WORLD EXCLUSIVE for Style Voyeur, a conversation with Parisian Illustrator, Nicolas Tavitian – as he takes us inside Paris Fashion Week!

Above & Below: Lanvin Fall/Winter 12

Nicolas, you were on Style Voyeur back in 2010 (see here), how did you get to know Style Voyeur? I don’t remember anymore how I got to know Style Voyeur. I can’t help thinking it is my curiosity which drove me to your blog. But I can still remember what I thought about your pictures and your words the first time I glanced at them, which is more important. I was intrigued because I found that the people you photographed had a very relaxed attitude, looking satisfied and happy to be there, happy to show what they did or their outfits. It was like pictures taken during a party, not during what could be considered in Paris as a working moment. It was cooler. It told me something about Perth but also something about Paris.

This is a major scoop for me, one that I am very blessed to share with my readers, how is it that you are able to give Style Voyeur such an EXCLUSIVE? I saved some of my pictures for Marcia because I like her blog, simply. We thought it would be funny to share some of my photos especially for Style Voyeur readers, an exclusive from the other side of the world. It is unpretentious. I am not a photographer, I am a fashion illustrator, it means I have nothing to sell through it. This is not a personal ad. It was a good way to share some fashion times in Paris, some pictures you won’t find anywhere else.


Above & Below: More Lanvin Fall/Winter 12

Clockwise Above: A performer at the Lanvin After Party; the decorative Lanvin cakes to celebrate Alber Elbaz’s 10 year reign as Creative Director; Ebaz singing; Model Karlie Kloss and a performer at the after party.

Above & Below: Dries Van Noten

Who is your favourite designer showing in Paris at the moment? It would be difficult to speak about one designer only. I love Dries Van Noten and Lanvin. Guillaume Henry is re-launching Carven, a former Parisian brand, with a lot of talent. Kenzo is back which is good. Haider Ackermann is great and probably one of the next fashion superstars.

Above: Haider Ackermann Fall/Winter 12

Which show was the most fun to attend/watch this season? No hesitation, I would say Louis Vuitton. I have to tell you why. First, you have to be early at Louis Vuitton. The show will begin at the hour indicated on the invitation which is very unusual. The show took place at Cours Carrée du Louvre, a place hidden and embedded behind the Louvre museum, at 10:00am. At first there was nothing exceptional, just a huge white tent. Then by going upstairs, you come in and make a step in an incredible station of 1910-1915 where someone is serving a cappuccino to Anna Wintour, already sat front row with her arms crossed and her Chanel sunglasses on, while André Léon Talley is reading the New York Times on her right. Then, at 10:00am a locomotive full of models comes from I don’t know where, stops, and the the music begins. The show was short, about 10 minutes, but very intense. It was a bit like a dream, a short film. It was like going in the past but from a modern point of view. It was like a fashion journey which was perfect thinking to the Louis Vuitton DNA. It can be a bit weird to attend such a great show and then to be in the subway or sat in a café 10 minutes later.

Above & Below: Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 12

Clockwise Above: The old-fashioned train on the set of the Louis Vuitton show; a clock from the set of the LV fall 12 show; Sarah Jessica Parker with Marc Jacobs at the LV After Party in Paris and Anna Della Russo at the LV After Party.





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