A series examining the outer edges of style.
Paris is the world headquarters of haute couture, but it’s not all glitter. Wander in any direction, and you’ll find the kind of mundane street life that exists in every city around the world. In this shoot, photographer Steph Wilson sets fall’s most fantastical clothes against the city’s everyday bustle.
As a base for the shoot, Wilson used an ex-Hollywood producer’s family home. Her best friend spotted the house, and they both quickly fell in love. “No set designer in the world could have created the years upon years of family quirk and endearment,” she says.
The familiarity of ordinary home life creates a startling contrast with the extravagance of the clothes. Atelier Versace’s sequin armored catsuit appears on a model lounging on a terrace, while Giambattista Valli’s voluminous off-the-shoulder gown pops up in a small room against paper movie posters. Click through the slideshow to see the full portfolio of haute couture in the urban Parisian wild.