The photographers: Patrick Demarchelier

Born near Paris in 1943 to a modest family, he spent his childhood in Le Havre with his mother and four brothers. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather bought him his first Eastman Kodak camera. Patrick Demarchelier learned how to develop film, retouch negatives and began shooting friends and weddings.

In 1975, he left Paris for New York to follow his girlfriend. He discovered fashion photograpy by working as a freelance photographer and learning and working with photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King, and Jacgue Guilbert.

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Patrick Demarchelier has lived in New York City since 1975. He is married to Mia and they have twins. Since the late 1970’s he has shot the covers for nearly every major fashion magazine including American, British and Paris Vogue. He has also shot covers for Rolling Stone, Life, Newsweek, Elle, Glamour and Mademoiselle. He has photographed many advertising campaigns, including Farrah Fawcett shampoo in 1978, the Brooke Shields doll in 1982, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Cutty Sark, and a Calvin Klein ad with Talisa Soto and did iconic ad campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Celine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Gap, Gian Franco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme,  L’Oréal, Yves Saint Laurent, Revlon, TAG Heuer and Louis Vuitton. He was also the primary photographer for the book On Your Own, a beauty/lifestyle guide written for young women by Brooke Shields Since 1992 he has worked with Harper’s Bazaar, becoming its premier photographer.

Patrick Demarchelier was the first non-British photographer to click the British Royal Family.  In 1989 Patrick Demarchelier became, by request, Her Royal Highness Princess Diana’s official photographer. This relationship lasted until her untimely death in 1997. Patrick Demarchelier shot four beautiful covers of Diana for the British Vogue published in 1991, 1994 and 1997.

 

A photograph by Patrick Demarchelier of Princess Diana, published in the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair.A radiant Princess Diana in a rare portrait taken by photographer Patrick Demarchelier, 1990

Janet Jackson, Miami, 1993, Patrick DemarchelierJanet Jackson by Patrick Demarchelier, 1993

Alaïa, bustier dress, couture Spring Summer 2003 © Patrick DemarchelierAlaïa, bustier dress, couture Spring Summer 2003 by Patrick Demarchelier

In 2005, he was awarded the contract for the Pirelli calendar. Demarchelier is referenced in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, when the ‘dragon lady’, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), asks Andy (Anne Hathaway), on her very first day on the job, “Did Demarchelier confirm?”, leaving her utterly confused. The first assistant Emily calmly jumps into action and calls his office, replying, “I have Patrick!” He also appears in the documentary The September Issue which is about Anne Wintour and American Vogue.

He continues to be a force in fashion photography and has interestingly been referenced in The Devil Wears PradaSex and the City, and America’s Next Top Model.

In 2007, Christine Albanel, French Minister of Culture, honored Patrick Demarchelier as an Officer in L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature).

Demarchelier appeared in a cameo in the film version of Sex and the City; he can be seen taking pictures during Carrie Bradshaw’s fashion shoot for Vogue magazine. He was featured prominently in the sixth episode of Cycle 15 of America’s Next Top Model. He was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013.

Gisele Bündchen by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Australia January 2015.jpgGisele Bündchen by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Australia, January 2015

Gigi Hadid by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK January 2016Gigi Hadid by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK, January 2016

 

 

Versace New Fragrance Dylan Blue with Bruce Weber Lensed Campaign

Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue

Italian fashion house Versace reunites with photographer Bruce Weber for the premier campaign of its new men’s fragrance, Dylan Blue. The advertisement takes on a timeless and rebellious cool with protagonist, Trevor Signorino. Sporting a leather biker jacket, black skinny jeans and a tank, the model is front and center in a black & white image. Gigi Hadid also joins Trevor for the campaign.

Instinct and passion, love and desire, coupled with hope and complicity, are the words which best define this powerful new fragrance for men from Versace. A fougere, woody, aromatic fragrance.

  • Top Notes: bergamot, grapefruit, aquatic notes, fig leaves
  • Middle Notes: violet leaves, black pepper, papyrus wood, patchouli bio
  • Base Notes: mineral musk, tonka bean, saffron

 

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As a fragrance, Dylan Blue boasts a woody aroma with hints of citrus, bergamot, grapefruit and fig leaf. Easily described as Mediterranean with aquatic notes, the new scent also features violet leaves, black pepper, saffron, and papyrus.

Dylan Blue is the essence of the Versace man today. It’s a fragrance full of character and individuality, an expression of a man’s strength and also his charisma. I love how it takes traditional notes and scents and makes them totally modern, totally fresh for today, and tomorrow.

Donatella Versace

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Talking about the art direction of the advertisement, Weber shares, “I’ve been watching lots of movies lately where the actors are mixed martial arts fighters. It seems like they are always proving themselves, so that the women characters will fall in love with them. I thought it would be interesting to do some photographs and make a film that dealt with this kind of relationship”.

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Discussing the emotional aspect, Weber continues, “Many women I know really respect the sensitivity and vulnerability of men. I wanted to show that men can have these qualities while remaining very strong and disciplined, like great athletes, and still fall in love with the girl of their dreams. For me, Versace has always represented this kind of driving passion. That’s why I’ve always loved working with them, they give photographers and filmmakers like me the freedom to imagine a big life”.

Kendall, Gigi and Jourdan for Balmain x H&M

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Balmain x H&M‘s campaign, featuring Hao Yun Xiang, Dudley O’Shaughnessy, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn captured by fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti (Click photo’s to enlarge).

They are the perfect choice to star in the Balmain x H&M campaign.

Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing.

Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, Hao Yun Xiang, Dudley O’Shaughnessy and Gigi Hadid, all look like a billion dollars in the Balmain x H&M campaign. These 21st century supermodels are some of the most sought-after names in the industry right now, and Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing is obviously thrilled about the casting:

“When you love the Balmain world, you love the models that are part of it too. Kendall, Gigi, Dudley, Jourdan and Hao Yun Xiang are my friends, and they are the perfect choice to star in the Balmain x H&M campaign.”

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Balmain x H&M (Click photo’s to enlarge).

Male models Hao Yun Xiang and Dudley O’Shaughnessy also star in the print campaign, which is set in a futuristic urban subway system where each model leads their own crew, reflecting the different themes of the Balmain x H&M collection, designed by Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing. Together the images represent the diversity, energy and attitude of Balmain x H&M, and the heart of the campaign – #HMBalmaination.

Balmain H&M

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Balmain x H&M (Click photo’s to enlarge).

The Balmain x H&M collection includes womenswear, menswear and accessories, and will be available at selected H&M stores worldwide from 5 November, as well as on hm.com. I have some favorites already….

by.Jean Amr