It’s good to see children’s fashion photography that references something from a very different visual tradition – but it probably also indicates why this seems to have been one of photographer Oliver Spies‘ few children’s fashion editorials. He’s German, starting his career in London before moving to Paris – and reminds me strongly of Sylvain Homo, another Paris resident who has London connections, and a very limited number of children’s fashion sessions (recently posted on here):
…….Sylvain featuring a rather similar, minimalist approach.
The French have always had a generous, appreciative attitude to Anglo-Saxon culture – particularly modern pop-culture – and a tribute to David Hockney‘s Californian swimming pool period (’64 – ’71) isn’t perhaps so surprising. The collaborator on the editorial was MilK Magazine‘s Editor-in-Chief, Hélène Lahalle (pictured with her daughter, Rose), who was trained at the prestigious Studio Berçot – her studies including the history of art and costume – and she has notably collaborated on other editorials for MilK that involve particularly creative photographers, for example Melanie Rodriguez – this editorial being called Seapunk (click on the Milk Instagram links to see two of the twenty-or-so incredibly cute mini-vids – like Vines – featuring new brands):
…….and another Parisian – Delphine Chanet – this entitled Candy Stripes (and what about a John Travolta portrait for some added period credibiity – the header is by her as well, redressing the anonymity of a lovely post here featuring No Added Sugar):