SPOTLIGHT ON GEORGES GOURSAT’S (AKA SEM) HIGH SOCIETY AND FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

Last week, I came across some of George Goursat‘s drawings while visiting the Roman d’une Garde Robe” show at the Musée Carnavalet in Paris and it made me want to share some of his work with you.

George Goursat (1863-1934) also known as SEM, was a French illustrator famous for his drawings full of humour and fantasy. He was an important public figure during the Belle Époque.

He became famous for his caricatures of Paris‘ high society. He followed socialites and delivered his humorous interpretation of their world. He always managed to keep a distance that allowed him to get some perspective while keeping his personality and freedom untouched. His unique style enabled him to delight the people he got inspiration from instead of offending them!

His illustrations were published in several magazine like Vanity Fair, La Revue de la Femme, La Vie Parisienne, Sports et Théâtre or Le Figaro. He was also often commissioned to do publicity posters.

He published several albums, among which “Le Turf” in 1900, “Monte Carlo” in 1905, “Le grand monde à l’envers” in 1919, “Le Nouveau Monde” in 1923.

A Woman in Red and a Waiter with a Forked Beard, ca. 1900.

 A Woman in Red and a Waiter with a Forked Beard, circa 1900.

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 Night Out, circa 1900.

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Dancing the Charleston.

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White Bottoms, circa 1927.

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 Chanel N°5, circa 1920.

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Visages Ensoleillés.

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Mlle Eve Lavallière in an evening gown by Paul Poiret, circa 1910.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF LENA DUNHAM’S VOGUE COVERSHOOT

Girls’ Lena Duhnam is American Vogue‘s February cover girl. A short film starring the actress and the magazine’s famous editor-at-large Hamish Bowles has just been released. It shows Lena at home the day before the big shoot. She’s panicking and calls Hamish to teach her how to pose like a model. It’s really really funny!

Lena definitely is the new Queen of Comedy.

CATHERINE DENEUVE, SOFIA COPPOLA & GISELE BÜNDCHEN: STARS OF LOUIS VUITTON’S SPRING 2014 CAMPAIGN

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Movie legend Catherine Deneuve, director Sofia Coppola, supermodels Gisele Bündchen and Edie Campbell, Caroline De Maigret and actress Fan Binbing front Louis Vuitton‘s Spring Summer 2014 ad campaign.

The campaign, which highlights the different variations of the Noé bag, celebrates the brand’s departing creative director Marc Jacobs by starring all his favorite muses. The beautiful and uncluttered pictures have been shot by Steven Meisel.

The portraits will start appearing in magazines next month.

RIHANNA: STAR OF BALMAIN’S SPRING 2014 CAMPAIGN

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Rihanna is the star of Balmain‘s Spring Summer 2014 ad campaign.

“In front of the camera, she makes you feel like she is the only girl in the world,” said Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing to WWD. He then confessed that working with Rihanna was almost like a dream come true: “When the woman that inspires you wears your creations, your vision feels complete.”

He also talked to syle.com about his casting choice: “I wanted the campaign to be about Balmain, but I didn’t just want a model—I wanted a strong, real woman in the clothes. For me, Rihanna is a power. And she pushes boundaries on everything.”

The campaign was shot by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and styled by Mel Ottenberg, fashion director of 032c magazine and personal stylist of the singer.

ERYKAH BADU: GIVENCHY’S NEW FACE

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Riccardo Tisci has chosen American neo-soul singer Erykah Badu to be the face of Givenchy‘s new Spring Summer 2014 campaign.

The collection, conceived like a voyage through African and Japanese cultures, has been inspired by their traditional costumes.

Erykah Badu was one of the designer’s inspiration for this collection. “She’s an icon” Tisci told style.com. “She’s one of the most stylish women I’ve met in my life. She’s got such a good sense of proportion, of colors.”

Tisci has also enlisted Maria Borges, Asia Chow and Riley to model alongside the singer. He revealed to style.com he wants to “spread the love” with this new campaign. “It’s been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something — they are great artists or beautiful women or stylish women or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio.”

By casting women of color, the brand is taking a stand regarding the fashion world’s tendency to prefer white models, which Tisci finds pitiful. He has been trying to put women of color in the highlight for quite some time now by making them walk in Givenchy‘s show or star in the brand’s ad campaigns.

“I discovered Joan Smalls, I discovered Maria [Borges]” he said, still to style.com. “I discovered a lot of black girls, and I’ve been always supporting them. For me, I grew up in a family and I grew up in a culture, an education, that we all are the same.”

Let’s hope the fashion world soon catches up to his vision!

The beautiful black and white photos have been shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot.

VICTORIA BECKHAM: VOGUE PARIS GUEST EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Victoria Beckham is the guest editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris‘s December issue.

“Being asked to be the guest editor of the Christmas issue of Vogue Paris this year was an incredible honour” said Victoria. “Working with Emmanuelle Alt (the magazine’s editor-in-chief) and her team was both exciting and inspiring and I am so proud of what we have created.”

The issue contains an intimate interview of Victoria, a portrait of her husband David Beckham, fashion stories in which the couple pose together shot by Inez & Vinoodh and David Sims and a “teatime chat” with designer Valentino, one of Victoria‘s close friends.

(photo credit: Inez & Vinoodh)