Georges Dambier, Vintage Fashion awwweee French photographer

Georges Dambier (1925-2011), photographed fashion and worked for ELLE in the 1950s, he also made some records sleeves : http://www.encyclopedisque.fr/artiste/9853.html

Ahhhh this era, when the models names were Dorian Leigh, C or Simone d’Aillencourt!

Their way to strike the pose (“I fake a natural feeling”) is so adorable that I awwwwe all the day long, since.

Bonne journée!

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Color Selection Charts & Questions

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There’s a Wikipedia page for reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_chart

I’m fascinated by the number of books about color palettes (for artists, for web design, fashion).

They all seem to be very sure about the mood given by a set of colors (dynamism, vintage, girly, serious business, etc)!

There are applications and websites to help you find a “mood”. Just Google “Color Harmony”.

I just read a good page about advertising and colors : https://en.99designs.fr/blog/tips/colors-marketing-advertising/

 

It leads to questions for thinkers, and this article therefore :

  • It seems so accurate, thus how do you “invent”?
  • Do you need dark green for serious organic beauty business?
  • How did and does it change through the years?
  • And places, cultures?
  • Is the sensibility to these palettes the same in Norway and in Texas?
  • Are there differences for movies, branding, websites or books covers?
  • Are there stars, inventors, in this field?
  • Can the choice of a palette be risky, and a failure?
  • Sunny for funerals? Deep blue for teen romances?
  • What could be a game of invention?
  • Palette : “Couple Failure”, “Orson Welles in 2145”, or “Gothic bees”?
  • Color chart for a city? A job? Poetry?
  • How do you change a color palette?
  • Or kill it (Apple logo was colorful at the beginning)?
  • What else?

 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

James Tissot, French painter and illustrator.

Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836 – 1902), Anglicized as James Tissot, was a French painter and illustrator.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Tissot
https://www.jamestissot.org/

A “genre painter”, as they say : a painter of “elegantly dressed women shown in scenes of fashionable life”. He lived in England for years, and became pretty rich.

Therefore it’s easy to put him in the “conservative” box. All you see is beautiful and rich people and well done art, and though he’s been friends with impressionists, we could say he kept painting “interesting records of social life at the time”. Beautiful dresses, gorgeous art skills and colors, almost photographs!

Today we see other things, and Tissot is said to be “rediscovered”. Because we know now he painted about the “nouveau riche” world : there’s show-off everywhere (what we call in France un “m’as-tu vu”. This didyouseemeness is putting a smile on my face. These dresses must have been a real mess, right?

More : Tissot manages to make us think about the slices or boredom and loneliness and worry. It’s been a harsh world, and I thought about this marvellous Scorcese’s movie : The Age of Innocence – read the book, or The House of Mirth, also by Edith Wharton, which is worse!

Have a nice day!

The Gallery of HMS Calcutta (Portsmouth) c.1876 by James Tissot 1836-1902

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Portrait 1876 by James Tissot 1836-1902

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Frank Horvat, French Photographer

“photography is the art of not pushing the button”

Frank Horvat (1928) is well known for fashion photography, but he did many other things…

Here are 12 pictures. You’ll find plenty on Pinterest! (mine is https://www.pinterest.fr/jrobocatwaldgan/ )

 

Have a nice day!

 

Clothes & Idiocy : Undering yourself to watch around

“Undering yourself to watch around” – Yep, clearly that’s not English. Sorry.

The whole society play makes us wear masks. This theater needs us to “operate” fluidly, so we hide our mess, our worries, our anger and the rest.

We all have many masks in our basket, and we often need several at the same time. Use “Competent”, “Quiet” and “Focused” (when we have no idea what’s going on, boiling inside in front of so much stupidity).

Some days, we need to be an idiot.

It’s very hard when you’re young, because young people are terrified to be judged and to “look ridiculous”. But well, you know, at one moment you really don’t care, because you know what you’re worth (is this even English?), where you’re good or not, and you just do your thing.

Therefore : in some circumstances, I wear quirky clothes. No, not quirky, but something a little ugly, or unfitting, or colors who shouldn’t be together. I want the other ones to judge me as an innocent moron. They smile inside. That’s good : exactly what I need!

In a way, it’s not “dress to impress”, but “dress to unimpress”.

Then you mix it with the way you talk. Chose your weapon : lose confidence, hide expertise, bury volubility, etc. It’s like a Sun Tzu strategy : let the enemy deploy its talent. They are so proud to be above, oui?

Of course, you have to waltz this your way.

  • You can absolutely transform yourself into what you can (cursor down anything you are, including beauty) in a few seconds (when you enter a room, for example).
  • You also can appear as an averagetard but sparkle some smart unforseen sentences, if you are fast (I’m not) : it’ll unsettle who needs to be.
  • Slide & don’t bear down.

 

Voilà. I would like to add this :

You of course bien sûr have to do this rarely, only in front of dumb tyrants, dangerous idiots and proud braggarts. You’ll unbrag them one day or another, or not – who cares?

There’s a lukewarm version of this tool. Just being grey, a mouse, a watching silent brain.

Paradise is when someone gets you “as you are”. It becomes fast and easy to work and function with this person. Little by little, you don’t need masks anymore. Fluent relationships (in life, work, anywhere) are blissful bliss.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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René Gruau, fashion illustrator

Gruau’s tall women are impossible. This fashion illustrator knew something : the aristocracy of them. They are a mess, tall, a damn nuisance, and totally adorable. Hate them and love them, at the same time.

Have a great day!

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Gruau

 

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