The Modern Apollo (David Downton)

“ Over the last decade, David Downton has gained a reputation as one of the world’s leading fashion artists. His classically elegant, yet highly contemporary images have been a strong factor in the resurgence of interest in fashion illustration. Having originally trained in graphics, David’s natural ability with the human form, spontaneous approach and economy of line rapidly led to a hugely successful career working with, among others, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, V magazine, Chanel, Tiffany’s New York, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harrods, TopShop, Lancôme and the V&A Museum.”

Selected Works:

1. Carmen Dell’Orefice, Joan Collins and Catherine Deneuve

2. Dita Von Teese

3. Madonna, Natalie Portman and  Sophie Marceau

4-5 Fareda Khelfa and Carolina Herrera

6. Kate Moss


Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017 

The show was held 25 January in a mythical headquarters space of Jean Paul Gaultier fashion house in Paris. Place was decorated in a light blue colors and photos of the skies that we can see only in summer time outside of the city, giving me fresh feeling after all this gray winter days. As always the show is one of the most glamorous fashion event of a Paris fashion week. As usual front raw was reserved for the VIP guests and this time I could notice French celebrities: Catherine Deneuve, Farida Khelfa, Sylvie Vartan and Estelle Lefébure ( Estelle Hallyday). As the DJ played 80-ties tunes mixed with the contemporary sounds, models strolled down the cat-walk……

Farida Khelfa, Algerian French model, actress, and documentary maker, in an image by Jean-Paul Goude, 1983

Former model and good friend of Tunisian French fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa (c.1940–2017), Farida Khelfa was born in Lyon, France, in 1960. She started modelling in 1979 and has worked for, among others, Jean-Paul Gaultier (who ‘discovered’ her), Thierry Mugler, and Alaïa.

In addition to intermittently acting in film and television since the early 1980s, she has directed documentaries about designers Jean-Paul Gaultier and Christian Louboutin, French former President Nicolas Sarkozy, and others. Ms. Khelfa has been l’égérie publicitaire (’the brand ambassador’) for the revived Parisian haute couture fashion house Schiaparelli since 2012.