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Rain upon the marble lawn.

Posted in She Is Nicotine. with tags , , , , on July 24, 2009 by sheisnicotine


If the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane, then the rain in Paris falls just about everywhere else. It was on such a day that the Valentino show for fall winter happened to occur. Initially it seemed to put a damper on the mood, and the excited atmosphere was rather subdued. But that lasted only a minute. Because in Paris, even the rain is beautiful. It pelted down on the marble etched ground, making it shine and shimmer. From across the great space, the Eiffel tower peeked out from behind the gloom, to remind us all where it was we were. Two sets of stick thin legs decided to challenge the tower to a battle of height and poise. Although it still loomed large behind them, two gorgeous mannequins made it seem a little smaller. And made the day seem a little brighter.

Impromptu photo ops making dreary days seem lighter? That Is Nicotine.


Purple is the new Black.

Posted in She Is Nicotine. with tags , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by sheisnicotine


One of my favourite fashion magazines has got to be Purple. Since it’s inception, Purple Fashion Magazine has been offering readers countless iconic shots and interesting takes on popular themes. Always pushing the envelope, Purple has worked closely with some of the fashion industries bad boys, like Terry Richardson for instance. I have always admired the grittyness of Purple, and a lot of that due to this man, editor and founder, Olivier Zahm. He recently launched a blog in conjunction with the magazine called Purple Diary (

I took this shot of Olivier in the Tuileries following the Dior show. We walked and chatted about film and all things beautiful. He left on his scooter, the epitome of la vie en France.

Olivier Zahm Is Nicotine.

Purple Fashion Magazine Is Nicotine.

That Girl from Norway…

Posted in She Is Nicotine. with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by sheisnicotine

That Girl from Norway

I met a lot of really cool and unique people in Paris,but one of my favorites was Hanneli. We both were taking pictures at shows, and through mutual acquaintances ended up talking and hanging out quite alot. She is one of those people who has done quite a lot in a short span of time. She has modeled, traveled the world, blogged (, so professional!) and is now one of the hosts of MTV Norway. But most of all she is really one of the nicest people I have met in awhile (she gave me a place to live for Petes sake), and in world of so many assholes, thats always quite awesome. I was even able to coax her out of retirement for a quick photoshoot (you will all have to wait to see that one).

Hanneli Mustaparta, She Is Nicotine.

A Lily.

Posted in She Is Nicotine. with tags , , , , on March 25, 2009 by sheisnicotine

Lilly on the rue Perree

Lily on the rue Perree

Lily Donaldson really is quite a beauty. She has done it all, gracing covers and runways the world over. I caught her here after the Stella Mcartney show as she was looking for her driver. We had chatted inside, and the light wasn’t the greatest. When she saw me she said “You have to get a picture of me in the sun” So I got her as she walked down rue Perree, and right after this shot she found her driver. And I couldn’t get the words of the Pink Martini song out of my head the whole time:

Lilly comes when you stop to call her
Lilly runs when you look away
Lilly leaves kisses on your collar
Lilly, Lilly, Lilly, Lilly, stay!

Lily Donaldson, She Is Nicotine.

Barbie, you getting old bitch.

Posted in She Is Nicotine. with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by sheisnicotine

Barbie is that you?

When I was in Paris, I got to participate in birthday celebrations for one of fashions biggest contributors, Barbie. The little plastic vixen that has become a staple in the lives of little girls around the world since her creation 50 years ago, never ceases to amaze me. It was a night of fun and lots and lots of bubbles, both in and out of the champagne, but it left me with a few question. How does she maintain that perfect hourglass figure? And at 50 how does she manage to keep steady ‘old Ken’s eyes from wandering?

I would love to get Barbie really plastered and see what she has to say. Can’t you just see it? That perfect hair, matted and shaggy hanging in her face, lopsided grin replacing the perfect smile. Dress riding up, heels hanging almost off her feet sprawled out in the booth. Drunkenly slurring about how she hasn’t gotten decent sex in the last 50 years, while spilling her champagne on her clothes.

Barbie wasted? She Is Nicotine.

Dirty Towel Couture

Posted in She Is Nicotine. with tags , , , , on March 19, 2009 by sheisnicotine

Another craze sweeping fashion week this year in Paris was the dirty towel. When used as a wrap it becomes about as hot as those McQueen creations. Its also very minimalist, in which I think it takes its inspiration from Margiela.

All that and more, the Dirty Towel, or DT modeled here by the one and only Kissser( She is Nicotine.DT


Posted in She Is Nicotine. with tags , , on March 19, 2009 by sheisnicotine
_Balmainia!Balmain was the unabashed ruler at Paris F/W 09. 
The striking jackets,in a few variations, were always in my sight, day or night. 
The hottest of the hot were out to trot in theses gorgeous creations, 
and she is no exception. 
She is Nicotine.