LONDON CALLING

After almost 3 years, I’ve decided to leave Paris. Of course the City of Lights is charming, but, let’s face it, not a hotspot for fashion fodder. I’ve been roaming streets and crashing parties all around the world, scanning faces, forgetting the meaning of the working week. I’ve learnt a lot over the past year and I couldn’t fail to notice this: the image of Paris you get from the fashion industry is a million miles away from the “real people” who mostly don’t get off on dressing up. Old people still have a snappy sense of style, but the young have lost their heritage and aren’t experimental enough to replace it. I might as well just say it, Paris has lost its sense of style. London, New York, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Reykjavik are the most inspiring places I’ve been – places where you can find people inventing new cultures, new ways of dressing, or at least enjoying elegance. I’ve chosen London because it offers more diversity, plain craziness and cultural invention per square metre than pretty much anywhere else around. Needless to say being based in Europe allows me to get around easily too. New York will doubtless be the next step. So I’m changing my address, but not my life. I’ll keep travelling as much as possible, always on the hunt for personalities rather than simple trends. For the Paris lovers, don’t worry, the Eurostar won’t lose my custom. Here’s my line-up for the coming weeks:

April 29th – May 14th: London
May 15th – 21th: Belgrade
May 22th – 27th: Madrid
May 28th – 30th: London
June 1st-3rd: Switzerland
June: Venice, Helsinki and Paris to be confirmed

Lastly, I want to thank you all for your support. Face Hunter is a really crazy adventure that brings me new projects all the time. Half the fun is sharing them with you.

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  1. veritas says:

    i love it all!

  2. Anonymous says:

    all the people you photograpgh are skinny :(

  3. Lucy says:

    wow i am looking forward to seeing the facehunter roaming around london town.. great choice of city!

  4. Bubbling my gum... says:

    I’m sad you’re leaving my city but I’m can’t wait to see your work in the most exiting city :London!!

  5. elina says:

    oh i think that’s great! i lived in paris for a while and i thought it wasn’t too special. my home country is finland and i was a bit surprised that i thought that we’re more experimental and fashionable than parisians!
    of course you don’t see so much “classic fashion” in here. but i think fashion is all about transfiguration and new waves. so that is what i didn’t see too much in paris.

    though,
    i must say, you’ve always found wonderful pieces of streetfashion of paris. i’m rarely disappointed :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    hey why don’t u visit Gothenburg? Sweden’s second biggest city, we’ve got style here too!

  7. aguyfrommars says:

    I’m surprised to see that Amsterdam isn’t in your list, because the place is currently one of my favorite cities in Europe. London is awesome too though.

  8. Maria says:

    I agree about many of your views. Paris is about the formal side of beauty: inherited architecture from old times and a very strict sense of cultural identity that of course translates into fashion. The industry is an alien to the populus, maybe as again a inherited cultural perception. I praise your search fro non formal approach to aesthetics and fashion. Wish you all the luck in your new home…Paris will be there till the public architecture relevance fades…maybe never. Fashion is about individuals not public arenas. The backdrop is important but as we know it does not make trasecendant moves: that is for the people to do.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love that your blog focuses as much on personality as on style. My favourite so far has got to be that redheaded boy with the glasses and knitted vest. Though, when I sent that picture to my friend and she thought i was a wierdo.

    Good luck with the move and keep the photos coming!

  10. As for the reasons you give for moving from Paris to London. I really couldn’t agree more.

  11. Hanna says:

    London and Paris, my favourite cities!

  12. Fillette d'Amour says:

    I totally get your point even if Paris is going to lose one of it’s greatest fashion eye !!! Good Luck Ivan, I just can’t wait to see your next works !!! Love from one of your parisians admirer xxx

  13. noodleintokyo says:

    you should try tokyo sometimes ! I’m sure the fashion here is even better than the london style :)

  14. Minny says:

    Here’s to change! Congrats Yvan.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Your pictures are an inspiration for my sould

  16. JAG says:

    Wow!! Bon chance!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I must agree with you about how young people here in Paris dress…quite boring.As the matter of fact people here just dress whatever H&M sell.I was quite surprise when I just came here ’cause I thought this is a city of fashion but actually when I dressed my style people just looked at me from head to toe and jaw drop or laugh at me…salut Parisians….
    Anyway it’s a little bit pity that you are leaving us.Not everybody here dress boring just so you know ;)

  18. heritage says:

    good that some of the humans still know what heritage is!! otherwise you guys would show us quite soon what the world would be with your crazy “experiments” … ?

  19. Candid Cool says:

    A friend of mine was explaining the same thing to me about Paris…He says I love Paris, but from a distance.

  20. B says:

    i’m moving to london soon too! hope to catch you sometime photographing…it’d be an honour!

  21. terri says:

    how do you feel about japanese fashion?

  22. Tyler says:

    I wish you luck with the move!
    When will you be changing cities?

  23. Miss Shoo says:

    As the saying goes, change is the only constant. I wish you all the best. London is a great place for discoveries, as is Paris and New York City. Enjoy it all!

    Beijos.

  24. Maria says:

    Heritage: a value of modern aesthtics that has been overthrown by POSTMODERNISM! Maybe the global and the non linear is a challenge to the “frenchness” even in fasion!

  25. popsu says:

    Wow, you’re really coming to Helsinki?! That’s something I’ve waited for a long time :) Welcome!

  26. Anonymous says:

    as I was reading your list of the most inspiring cities I couldn’t help but wonder: have you ever been to berlin?

  27. Anonymous says:

    I wish you a very great trip in your new searching for style ! You have inspired me a lot and showed me a lot of Parisians and thank you.

  28. Jemma says:

    Hi, I’ve just found your blog and absolutely love it.

    Having lived in Paris for the past year myself I have to echo your feelings that Parisians have kind of got off track in the style stakes and are far less experimental than we would like to think.

    I think the idea of Paris as the fashion capital is lost with the new generation of Parisians and although they are still very hot on classic chic styles this seems to be the reserve of the wealthy.

    But I have to say you also get a lot of crazy people in Paris as you do in any large city and it looks to me as if you’ve found a lot of them on your travels!

  29. dianabobar says:

    Take a look at how I styled outfits to wear golden leggings everyday:

    http://dianabobar.wordpress.com/2007/04/29/golden-leggings-everyday/
    Thanks, have a great day!
    Diana

  30. MiLi says:

    Hii! I’ve just discovered ur blog and I think it’s great! London’s a good choice (never been to Paris though…)but I’ve been to Stockholm recently and completely agree with u, the way they experiment with clothes and fashion is really amazing!

  31. Anonymous says:

    excellent see you around! !

  32. maeir says:

    Wow!!
    I guess I can see glaring examples of your critique within the pictures you have posted over the last year.

    Thank-you for sharing and good luck with the move!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Good luck on your new life in London, and congrats in you blog, great pictures.

    Anyway after seeing your first pictures (when you started to hunt faces) i realized that you lost some of the human touch you had…
    At least i think so, seeing your evolution it became less personal… But then again, i guess thats what happens when you get recognize and called to go everywhere… and have so much magazines to work for….

    So here is a a sugestion: i realized that sometimes you used to tell the story of how you took some picture of that person, it was kind of your personal touch.

    So don’t stop being human!!!!

    regards and congrats

    Virginia

  34. Justicesadarone says:

    PFFF, mange merde, tu étais bien content de venir en France et de te faire connaitre. Sans la France je ne pense pas que tu en serais là, profite de ton petit succés dans le monde de la mode qui sera éphémére…Et tes photos s’apparente plus à du ”carnaval-street” qu’à de la mode.
    Pour figurer sur ton blog il ne faut pas avoir un style qui se démarque, il faut raddicalement ressembler à un clown, et petite irronie du sort, tous les blogs que tu as inspiré sont mieux que le tien. sur ce bonne continuation à Bricklane…

  35. Anonymous says:

    Come to BELGRADE BITCH :-) and you’ll see what sexy means!

  36. Anonymous says:

    oh but i love paris….
    en tout cas…
    yes do take some photos of people in beogad and (zagreb if possible), they are really inventive fashion-wise.
    delphine

  37. eurobrat says:

    An exciting change… good luck!

  38. Sandra says:

    I agree, Paris was not that beautiful city with lovely dressed people that i expected.

    Love / Stockholm.

  39. Henna says:

    welcome to finland! :)

  40. Anonymous says:

    I just arrived in Paris from Sweden and am totally shocked with the lack of orignality and style here! I thought I would be in the most fashionable city in the world. Not so… Sweden is much more inspiring!

  41. Anonymous says:

    it’s ridiculous the amount of young people leaving paris for london … it’s dominated several british newspapers about the huge numbers of french kids leaving france & setting up in london … south kensington is virtually a french area these days! anyway, london wont dissapoint … it’s the best city in the world … well, to me both london & n.y.c share that honour but i’m sure you’ll have a blast – keep up the good work & welcome to london town ; )

  42. Pedro Faro, from Lisbon says:

    You better come to Lisbon!!!!! Forget about civilized world! A real life experience is facing the hidden things Lisbon can offer and the great sun. Forget culture and style. Come and see naked people in POrtuguese beaches. Miles and miles of white sand beach, deserted… You, the ocean and the sky… Forget “trendy”! Get the original woman with moustache, the original man spiting, the bureaucracies, the slow living… Come to Lisbon and have free pot… come to Lisbon to have a beer… come to Lisbon to see the thousands of homeless (some volunteered)… come to Lisbon to see how great the world is outside Lisbon, come to Lisbon to be looked with prejudice… Just come and stay with us for some years! You’ll become an animal!
    Love your work, by the way! Keep doing it!!!

  43. Charlotte says:

    Hi! i love your blog and i am a bit disappointed with your move to London- I am not as dazzled by London fashion, but keep up your travels elsewhere! I am excited for your visit to Belgrade!

  44. Mariscal says:

    Hi! What a pity leaving Paris for London and leaving the continent. But well, I´m sure you will be fine there. You have to check out Berlin and Hamburg.

    Kisses form Madrid

  45. martianique says:

    I love your blog! Love the inspiring pictures. And whatever job it is you do that allows you to travel this much, I envy it!
    :o)

    have you ever visited any Asian countries? We;ve got some greay styles down here, as well!

  46. Anonymous says:

    ciao… why dont you come to milan some time? i know, probably you’re a little prejudiced about the city because of the media and the old fashion industry, and certainly the people are dressed more classical than in a few other cities you’ve been to photographing… but it’s always worth a visit, and trust me – you really can have some fun here going to the right places. but anyways you should wait until the weather is better again. servus

  47. Laetitia says:

    I couldnt agree more about Paris. I am from there and moved to London about 3 years ago. People in Paris are too conservative and self conscious, they spend too much time staring at other people, not enough time having fun with what they wear.
    Moving to London was like getting out of prison, and my style was able to blossom here, as i didnt feel judged and stared at as much as in Paris.
    It seems that at the moment it is changing slowly there, but it still isnt as good as London!

  48. Anonymous says:

    I lived in Paris before and now I live in London. I love both cities but I have to say that I disagree with you on the stylishness and trendiness of London. Here in England most people have no style what so ever. There are however a small group of people- going to Durr, Boombox etc. who really have style and are very experimental. In Paris I would say that people in general and of all ages have a sense of style – a different one from Londoners, less crazy but not necessarily less stylish:)

  49. Anonymous says:

    quel peigne cul cet yvan.
    A la pointe de la mode, il en oublie le mot même, pour se confondre dans la branchitude puante des pseudo globe-trotters. C’est tellement original aller de paris à londres puis New York. On te retrouvera en Corèze en fin de vie..
    signé Marie Cricri Blassel

  50. Whoooo is the redhaired boy???!!

  51. Hey, are you going to Litkovskaya fashion show tonight? It will be interesting, and, probably you can catch some interesting persons.

    cheers
    morjique

  52. Hey, hey, it was nice nice to see you on X’U defile and afterparty.
    Are you going tonight on Litkovskaya fashion show? It should be interesting, and probably, you cn catch there bit of interesting persons.

    cheers
    morjique