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July 12 2014

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Mark Borthwick’s Not In Fashion Party

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In the gallery space of the Ofr bookstore in the Marais, photographer Mark Borthwick sat amongst an assortment of assembled objets: daffodils, oranges, chimes, large photos, small drawings, a toy dinosaur, a guitar, an amp, a sheepskin throw—it looked more like an altar than an exhibition, and Borthwick was happy to be in the mix. “Collectively, it brings me a lot of joy,” he said of the pieces he’d brought together for his small show. As for the course of the evening? “Whatever happens, happens,” he offered. Officially, the occasion was the release of Borthwick’s book not in fashion, published by Rizzoli and featuring early photos for Purple and Self Service of then-relative-unknowns Stella Tennant, Chloë Sevigny, and Angela Lindvall, as well as personal work. Wednesday was the opening gambit in a series of wine-and-song-filled evenings stretching into next week, starring eclectic gatherings and performances by Borthwick and friends—among them Lou Doillon, whom Borthwick shot for Vanessa Bruno’s spring catalogue. “Mark is very open to things; he does things in a humble way, with a different perspective,” Maria Cornejo, Borthwick’s wife, said. “Like with his pictures—they are always directional, but in his own way. Then he gets copied years later.” As onetime Paris residents, this was something of a homecoming for the couple, Cornejo said, with an extra reason to celebrate: Her collection will make its French début this season at Joseph on the Avenue Montaigne, and star in a pop-up boutique happening in June.

Photo: Mark Borthwick

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