Sawtooth horizons. Snow-covered pine groves. Mining towns buzzing with new resourcefulness. For the fourth leg of American Portraits, the campaign format that presents collections through a road trip across America, Blauer USA heads to Colorado – where the Rocky Mountains echo with myths of the Old West. For the autumn-winter 2019-2020 campaign, James Mollison and his team get back on the road, turning a van into a travelling photo studio. Along panoramic byways they search for men, women and kids who can represent the lesser-known face of America, the authentic spirit of Blauer USA. The people they meet model the garments of the new collection – a mix of technical, performance outerwear including down jackets, parkas and leather jackets. The combination of traditional and cutting-edge materials and the colour palette ranging from khaki to army green, off-white and burgundy, are perfectly in line with the DNA of the brand originally born to supply uniforms to the American armed forces. The resulting portraits were shot between Denver, Boulder and the ski resorts of Colorado. The campaign is completed by an editorial-style catalogue – The Colorado Issue – that takes the reader on the journey to discover the mountainous state and the new collection. A series of videos follows the protagonists behind the scenes of the photo shoots.
About Blauer: Blauer is the fashion brand that treasures and renews the tradition of American outerwear. Founded in Boston in 1936 to provide the police, the navy and other military forces with technical clothing, today it reinterprets the concept of uniform to suit men and women that are independent, cosmopolitan and sensitive to quality, authenticity and performing materials. Blauer is owned by FGF Industry, the Italian fashion company founded by Enzo Fusco.
About James Mollison: James Mollison is a British photographer. His work is defined by original concepts applied to social and cultural themes. In 2015 he published Playground: a series landscape photographs of schoolyards where children are at play. The project followed up Where Children Sleep, an ongoing project displaying stories about children around the world and their bedrooms. Other books published by Mollison are Disciples, The Memory of Pablo Escobar and James and Other Apes. His work has been published throughout the world including by Colors, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian magazine, The Paris Review, GQ, and Le Monde.
Extremely sad, sad news today: the great Peter Lindbergh passed away. Considered a pioneer in photography, he introduced a form of new realism by redefining the standards of beauty with timeless images. When I discovered the news today in the morning, I couldn’t believe it. Discovering his ouvre made me fall in love with fashion photography. The humanity and beauty he saw in people (whether the supermodels or artists or individuals who were dear to him or characters he met everyday) will live on through his work forever.
It’s September, but there’s still some pre-fashion-month time left…
I’m an Instagram maniac and I openly confess that I spend too much time on filtering my feed. But it’s irresistible, when you have so many great accounts to follow! If you are ready for a dose of beautifully curated walls, inspiring photos and delightful shots – see my three recommendations of the month!
@thomaslohrstudio / Thomas Lohr is currently one of my favourite fashion photographers. I love his raw, simple, yet eye-catching vision. Whether it’s Małgosia Bela gone hi-tech for 032c, a serene scenery for Jil Sander or a moody shot of an XXL moth, his visuals are incredible. Follow his account for new works.
@johnderian / You might know John Derian for his company, which does decoupage and home decorations with a vintage feel since 1989 and has home-shops in New York’s East Village, a tiny outpost on Christopher Street, and a seasonal shop in Provincetown. But I completely lost my mind for Derian’s personal account, which is lately all about his Provincetown house. It’s so beautiful. And oh my, the flower bouquets from his garden look like heaven with the floral wallpaper in the background. If you have a moment, read about his place in this great T Magazine feature. And follow John!
@charlottegainsbourg / Charlotte Gainsbourg needs no introduction in the music and film industry. And there’s no surprise she’s talented in another field: photography. Her spontaneous portraits and film stills caught during her tour this summer are intimate and share a glimpse into her elusive world.
AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?
Here’s a little throwback to our trip to the Baltic Sea back from May… fresh, breezy air, daffodils, forest walks, crayfish for lunch, more forest walks. I really feel like I need this sort of detox again!
All photos by Edward Kanarecki.