Dear friends. Yesterday was the last day of Men Paris Fashion Week. I missed many shows because of the huge amount of street style photographers and the greed, disrespectful and deshumanizing attitude of too many of them, especially the newcomers : no men or women from fashion can walk peacefully without being abruptly stopped and “forced” to pose, to show their bag, shoes…. As a consequence, it’s harder and harder to take great natural moments of life, great “postcards”, “sweet memories” between friends, colleagues, lovers… It saddens me a lot as the beauty of the fashion week ambiance is being destroyed year after year in the name of greed, money… values that I hate and will always fight against.
That’s why, when I witness nice and sweet moments of friendship, I feel blessed. And when the friends are 2 talented and humble men at the top of the fashion industry like Alexandre Elicha (The kooples) and Sam Lambert ,hope knocks at my door to tell me : “Don’t worry Kamel, keep on humanizing fashion, someday fashion brands will realize that real life is the most beautiful asset to the fashion industry”. The french fashion brand The Kooples had the cleverness to understand it and I can’t thank them enough for that. They deserve their success. Fashion means nothing without humanism, without stories, our stories.
Street style photographers don’t care about making this world beautiful, on helping people to feel self confident and that’s what saddens me. They don’t have a bigger vision of their life than the quick bucks and the fame they can get from being hired by magazines. It’s always sad to ear street style photographers tell first for wich big magazines their work for instead of finding the right words to make the person self confident and smiling. Humanist pictures is 99% psychology because it’s 99% caring about the other. And someday, when I’ll finally build the Style and the City network that I envision, fashion brands will realize how great real life and real people are, if we care about them.
Many people from fashion that I meet every fashion week helped me to go through the rough times of this Men Paris Fashion Week. So many of my photographs have been screwed by greed photographers not capable of being creative enough by their own. I want to thank these people from fashion again for who they are : human beings first, stylish people then.
Before I go to the Dior Fashion show, I would like to give an important advice to all these newcomers photographers that polute the fashion weeks : a picture means nothing if it is not done with love and respect. A picture is a gift, not something you are entitled to. Don’t take a picture if you know that your picture will not be great. For that, you must start to understand the beauty of life and stop thinking about you. Have a bigger purpose in your live than “taking” and posting a stupid picture of shoes on your facebook and instagram or whatever. Start to “give” and a whole new and beautiful life will appear to you.