Sometimes we feel connected to elders that are not necessarily our ancestors, or not even people we met and were close to. Sometimes we just have a special connection with the idea of a certain generation who lived on a given spot on the planet. It’s just hard to understand why when a cultural world emotionally overwhelms you. It’s different from just liking something; it’s more about feeling a familial linage with someone when you don’t. I guess a fantasy of where you could be from.
Written by Haydée Touitou and Photographed by Sofia Nebiolo
Lady Joanne Beginner
The funny thing about a dinner party, when looking back, the food always seems so secondary. In early October, at the arrival of dear Joanne Burke in Paris, such a dinner was organized. She kindly asked, " Could I possibly bring my magical companion Brunhilde ? We will be together you see and I think you all need to meet each other." The Skirt Chronicles being a platform for creative exchange, could not resist.
Written by Sofia Nebiolo and Photographed by Camille Vivier
The expression Sulpician style or said “Saint-Sulpice” style was invented in 1897 by Léon Bloy to describe“bondieuserie” such as saints statuettes or figurative scenes on stained-glass windows, with a somehow naive style and without any great genius.
Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix and Photographed by Adrianna Glaviano
Joan Juliet Buck
If you Google Joan Juliet Buck, the first thing that will come up is “The only American to have edited a French magazine”, but there is more hiding behind this reductive one-liner.
If at the helm of Vogue Paris, she did increase both circulation and advertising revenue, she mainly, to paraphrase Diana Vreeland “gave them something they didn’t know they wanted” and brought her distinct intellectual patina to the frozen Conde Nast title. Instead of the usual guest edited December issue, readers got to spend a day in the life of our brain with Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux and delight in a visual exploration of chaos by photographer Duane Michals. Vogue Paris became a successful fashion publication once again, as well as a magazine in touch with its times, something it hadn’t been since Edmonde Charles-Roux.
Written by Christopher Niquet
The moon is illuminated by the sun, an interview with Argentinian artist Luna Paiva
What led you to the foundry? I found this amazing bronze foundry six years ago, and I met the three brothers who run it. We immediately started working on more than twenty different species of succulents and cacti. They are the fourth generation of founders and have made most of the sculptures that are in public parks, along with most of the monuments in Argentina.
Why did you choose this technique? It is the same lost wax technique sculptor first used during the Bronze Age. I find it extremely attractive because of its material fidelity, the mutability of the medium and the change in temperatures. The fact that it endures over time is also particularly interesting to me.
Written by Haydée Touitou and Photographed by Luna Paiva & Martin Pisotti
How deep is your love?
The word artisan does not quite capture the totality of dedication and cultural reverence embedded in the Japanese word shokunin. This word represents a person’s full commitment to every detail of their craft, whether they are an author, a musician or a pizzaiolo.
The term pizzaiolo appears for the first time in a document dated August 12th 1799, in which a young pizza chef makes an appeal to the Polizia Generale of Naples, as a result of the prejudices suffered by his trade during the Parthenopoeian Republic.
Written and Photographed by Sofia Nebiolo
The sea was all around us yet it was nowhere to be found. We followed a sign with the word
mare and an arrow pointing to the right. Emerging from the water, a mermaid that doesn't
like to swim.
Joanne is wearing a J.W Anderson pleated gauze dress, jewels model’s own.
Photographed by Gillian Garcia and Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix
Model Joanne Burke
You Shall Not Be Inspired
Somehow it’s very confusing. How what is commonly referred as French style became a branded matter? How did an entire demographic become supposedly the bearer of a natural je ne sais quoi whatever you say? When did we shift to an army of wannabe bloggers and why would they wannabe influencers posting non stop pictures of Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin on social media? And when did so many women find advise to give on how to look, eat, and act French? It’s confusing because the main reason French style is worshiped seems to be because it’s effortless. But let’s reveal the supercherie once and for all; it does take a lot of effort! French women are not born with the “authenticity” Simone de Beauvoir saw in Brigitte Bardot in her essay “The Lolita Syndrome” first published in August 1959 in Esquire. A myth was born with this concept of effortlessness when really it takes a lot to look natural without evoking the smell of one of our smelliest cheese.
Written by Haydée Touitou
Little Grey Boxes, interview with Margaret Howell
"I was always very interested in the making of things, and I wanted to have something a bit bigger and somehow more permanent. I used to go to jumble sales and that is where I found this beautiful shirt: very short, softened with age, made of very good quality cloth, and tiny stitching. It was beautifully made and I thought, I would like to make a shirt like this. I used to make my own clothes and I used to make shirts for myself as opposed to a blouse or something like that. I always had a love of the construction, of all the little bits to a shirt. These kinds of classic traditions that are long-standing inspired me to start producing shirts."
Interview by Sofia Nebiolo, Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix and Photographed by Alexandre Khondji
La Donna sulla Nave, interview with Cristina Casini
"There have been real destinations like Anafi and Palermo. Anafi for me represents more a spirit of freedom and of holidays but I don't necessarily take inspiration from them. Even Palermo, it was more an atmosphere and a certain type of light, things that we like, such as a spirit which is a bit decadent but also modern. We always start with the materials. We look at them and then think, “what can that become?"
Interview & Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix and Photographed by Tim Elkaïm
Not For Everyone
If a home without books is a naked home, my home has ten layers of clothing on and can barely breathe or walk. I don't know exactly how many books I own, but my best guess (counting how many fit in a shelf and then counting how many shelves I have) is around 2,000 or 3,000. My apartment is not big at all, the accumulation outgrew the place a long time ago. I'm always worried that the weight of the books will sag the floors and cause me trouble. Every time I come home with a bag filled with paperbacks, the doorman gives me a weird look, something like, "Are you sure?"
Written and Photographed by Jorge de Cascante
Mercer between Spring and Prince
Metzner photographed Jacqueline wearing a black Alaïa shell, floating in a space dominated by sculptures, towering racks, and partitions that were objets d’art in themselves. In one image, she lies atop a bronze sculpture with the letters CVJ, for “Come Va Jacqueline?” emblazoned under its head—the letters echoing the “AA”s painted on the coffin-like glass cases, which Schnabel had created by transforming sculptures he had originally made in 1986, as part of a conceptual tomb to honor the German artist Josef Beuys. “One thing gets born out of another,” he said.
Written by Christopher Niquet and Photographed by Sheila Metzner