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French Illustrator Garance Doré

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As an avid follower of fashion, I’ve found that blogs are an excellent source for inspiration. The Sartorialist, a photo fashion blog run by photographer Scott Schuman showcases street style in cities from New York to Paris to Milan to even Dallas. Schuman puts together a monthly column/piece for GQ (a magazine you should definitely read for style insight, even if you’re a girl–I steal my brother’s copy every month) and then posts those photos and countless others on his blog.

Schumans photo of his San Francisco driver

Schuman's photo of his San Francisco driver

The great thing is that Schuman hasn’t been formally trained in photography or fashion; he just has a great eye. He’s in the middle of doing a tour for his book The Sartorialist and posted a photo today of his San Francisco driver. “This man’s car was spotless, his shoes were shined and he knew exactly where he was going. He wasn’t dressed like that for me, he had no idea who I was, this was just another day and just another ride done in his own stylish way,” he writes in the post.

Of course, there are jokes about how to get shot by The Sartorialist–ride a bike, own something double-breasted–but I think Schuman’s subjects are impossibly cool. I recently stumbled upon his girlfriend’s blog: Garance Doré.

Doré with designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Doré with designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

She writes in French, but has recently started having her posts translated into English. A photographer and illustrator, she does work for Vogue Paris and, among other things, just had a sold out line of tshirts featuring her drawings at the très chic French boutique Collette. She’s spunky, cute, and oh-so-French. She worked with Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Rotfield during Fashion Week, and yet is somehow approachable and the girl next door (albeit one with great fashion sense). She’s endearing rather than vicious, which is much more common in the fashion world (I love reading the girls over at New York magazine’s The Cut, but their tweets from the runway can be harsh).

One of Dorés illustrations

One of Doré's illustrations

Her most recent posts are translated into English, but overall, most of them aren’t. If you speak French, I’d recommend trying to go through them; it’s a lot easier than reading Le Clèzio! Go check her out. I’m planning on seeing The September Issue at the Ragtag this week so keep an eye out for that!

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Written by Nancy Stiles

October 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Posted in art, Fashion

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