Photographer We Love: Paris Fasion Week’s Damien Bao
Paris is the fashion capital of the planet, and Paris Fashion Week sets the coming season’s trends in clothing, shoes and accessories for the rest of the world. Streetwear is a huge influence on the fashion industry in Paris, just as it is everywhere else. One of the go-to places for industry observers to check out what trendsetter models wear off the catwalk is the fashion blog “Bonae L’Amour” by Damian Bao.
“Bonae L’Amour” is French for “good love.” Photographer Damian Bao started the blog as a labor of love in 2010. Since then, the blog has become indispensable viewing for fashion observers in 150 countries the world over.
What makes “Bonae L’Amour” so irresistible? Partly, it’s Damian Bao’s access. A self-described nerd with an excellent sense of composition, Damian Bao’s sense of what fashion should be goes far beyond the commercial definitions of standardized pretty. Consequently, models feel uninhibited when they’re around Damian. They open up to him in ways that show they’re more than just pretty girls and boys with expensive wardrobes.
In Damian Bao’s universe, the streets are the new runways. He captures his young subjects looking fresh, excited and yes, incredibly chic. He finds his subjects on the streets of New York and Paris. When a model ends up on the pages of “Bonae L’Amour,” she knows her career has been launched.
Photographs that first appeared on “Bonae L’Amour” have subsequently been reproduced in several international editions of the fashion bibles Vogue and Teen Vogue, as well as in other media trendsetters such as CNN International.
In addition to “Bonae L’Amour,” Damian Bao also produces the popular blogs “The Model Factor,” “What a Beautiful World,” “A Moment Named Desire” and “Film Is a Warm Gun.”
The Tricks of the Trade for Fashion Stylists
Like all professionals who work in the fashion industry, Bonae L’Amour’s Damian Bao knows the secrets of the trade. While it’s true that models need to be taller than average to be successful, there’s a trick that can help them add a couple of inches. That trick is called LiftKits.
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