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BRIGITTE LACOMBE FOR ACNE PAPER

So I’ve been a bit off of my game this past year in regard to keeping up with fashion magazines. My focus has switched a bit and I’ve been concentrating on style that has longevity and quality and that can stand the test of time. Quick trends are no longer my game, quality and classicism reign supreme in my world. Authenticity is what I’m seeking.

Although a bit late in seeing the issue, I picked up my all time favorite publication, ACNE PAPER, last week and I was super inspired by the 15 page feature on photographer Brigitte Lacombe’s black and white portraiture.  For ACNE’S 15th issue focusing on “The Actress”, Lacombe curated a selection of outtakes of commissioned shoots between 1988-1999 of some of her famous actor subjects.

What draws me to her images is Lacombe’s sense of classicism and timelessness in her perspective. She explains, “I like the images to look as though they could have been taken at any time. I never want them to be dated in the fashion moment, so there are bare shoulder close-ups or plain clothes, like a white shirt or a black scarf. Many of these portraits were done on top of what was supposed to be accomplished in the sitting, often for a fashion shoot. But I always keep in mind that I want to do my own picture. It seems I have always done that.

Her images below concentrate on the actresses’ authentic self, one that isn’t seen very often in the limelight. Brigitte has a way of capturing their inner beauty and their vulnerability. This I really like. It goes back to the idea of buying a handbag that you will use for the next 20 years and pass down to your children because it is quality and it stands the test of time. Why should an image have to have a short shelf life? Each one of these images has no reference point, no particular tone that tells its age. The same goes for good design and style. It’s timeless, it’s classic and nothing will ever beat that in my book.

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