Frida. (by Laura L.)
On my last day in Paris I got the opportunity to have a photo shoot taken by Cècile Cèe, one of the coordinators at Les Noubas D’ici/Les Noubalooks-Paris, for placing second in a styling/stylist competition. What a perfect way to spend my last day!
The theme was inspired by the 1930s, and French philosopher, and writer Simone de Beauvoir. The photos capture the life of Simone, and her time spent in Saint-Germain-des-Près with husband, Jean-Paul Sartre, who were both associated with the existentialist movement. The couple could almost always be found at Café de Flore, and Deaux Magots (envision deep, heartfelt conversations on life, over café crèmes, steamy love letters to Beauvoir’s secret lover, and a smoky haze created by the forever burning cigarette).
The turquoise, and violet dress that I wanted to shoot gave Cècile the idea of the ambience, and the second look I created to go along. The dress and skirt are vintage pieces found in Paris, and the shirt I purchased at H&M. The shoes I purchased in the States prior to my visit. Hair- I played with for about an hour to create pin-curls (I’m sure there is a simpler solution). Make-up- Kept it simple- existential women aren’t suppose to be flashy!
I love the outcome of the photos, because the destinations we shot at enhanced the beauty of the garments, and gave them a natural, and artistic feel. Not only that, but knowing the history of this street in Paris took me back to the 30s, and I felt as if I had caught a glimpse of the cultural, and intellectual insight of Parisian life at that time.
Here’s to a wonderful experience I will never forget, and an amazing last day in Paris. Tu me manques, Paris.
Photos: Cècile Cèe- http://www.lesnoubasdici.com/
Wardrobe/Hair/Make-Up: Laura LaQue (moi!)
Long Skirt: Ana Navarro