An American in Paris

Posted on October 8, 2013

If you’ve seen the movie “An American in Paris” then you know where I got my inspiration for this shooting. If you haven’t, let me talk you through it… how you combine two of the well known (and loved) fashion cliches in one picture?

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The two fashion cliches that first come to my mind are “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (black dress, pearls, coffee, croissants and a childish stare) or “An American in Paris” (three friends who are dancing and singing like they haven’t got anything better to do). Since I’m not a woman and I have no desire in wearing pearls or a black dress – though I enjoy the croissants and the coffee – I decided to go for the second one.

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As I was saying in this post, if you want to annoy the French people just wear the American flag as a T-shirt. The Stars and Stripes: Red, White and Blue are the same colors that you will find in the French Tricolour. I was lucky enough that there are only foreign tourists near the Eiffel Tower or Trocadero so I didn’t get any angry looks this time.

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I’m not American but I love mixing cultural cliches like this one. And I don’t usually visit the Eiffel Tower when I’m in Paris but I’m sure Gene Kelly enjoyed dancing and singing next to it and I felt like I had to get into that state of mind: I got rhythm, I can jump!

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My story could be pretty similar to the one in the movie: a struggling artist falls in a complicated romance in Paris. I found myself in that situation in the past. I was also dancing and singing on the streets so there’s not many differences between me and Gene Kelly. Except that he was one of the biggest Hollywood actors (and a fashion icon as well) and I’m just a fashion jumper (perhaps I’ll be a fashion icon someday?). And I got a tattoo saying: “regarde le ciel…”

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I have to get back to clothes with my dark blue H&M overall (I look like a construction worker if I put it around my shoulders), the Stars and Stripes T-shirt from, the shirt from Stefanel and shoes from Vans. And I got the shades from ASOS.

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At last, I feel like I have to share the poster for the musical from 1951, it’s iconic.


Jump around!

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