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April 23 2014

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The Photographer In The Front Row

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She’s usually the one to set the flashbulbs going, not to man them herself. But any show- and partygoer on the town this fashion week has noticed a particularly fetching camerawoman—one seated front-row.

The French actress Elisa Sednaoui has been on fashion types’ minds since starring in Karl Lagerfeld’s Remember Now video, released in conjunction with his Resort collection for Chanel. She came to town for the reopening of Chanel’s Soho boutique, but it wasn’t a strictly Gallic visit. Sednaoui saw plenty of shows, from Diesel Black Gold to Yigal Azrouël, shooting the scenes (on film, not digital, no less) for Paper. “It’s my point of view, my diary,” she explained at the post-show dinner for Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa last night. “It was cool for me because it was a week where I discovered and met many designers: Yigal, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, all people I admire. It was very interesting to see the work of all these young designers as well as the amazing work of Francisco. I’m fresh at all of this, so I still find it quite amusing.”

Not a bad gig—the best of New York, a little Champagne, then on to Paris’ fashion week, and following that, a new movie, shooting in Italy. If it’s a little exhausting, well, call it an occupational hazard. “From tomorrow, I’m trying to come back to normal life. I don’t want anybody to call me, I don’t want to go out—I want to stay in; this is my dream,” she said. With all due respect: Dream on.

Photo: Billy Farrell/Billy Farrell Agency

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