Thursday, January 19, 2012

Question For… Camilla Alibrandi

Does wearing a backless dress and heels (like you did here) while shooting a men’s show make you feel powerful?


It creates a visual connection between who I am and what the others see. ¬†It makes me feel safe and secure to think that others may understand me better through the image I put forth. For me, it doesn’t depend on who I’m with or what I’m doing; dressing in a sophisticated and feminine way is something too natural for me to detach from.


Is this how you typically dress for travel?


I had two black suitcases that day and was feeling nostalgic. I was going back home after two months of traveling around the world taking photographs.  I was wearing the black cape because it reminded me of someone I met during my journey, and would not see for a long time.  I wrapped gold enamel from the Chanel show a few days before, and twisted colorful silk threads through my braid to symbolize the route of travel, and the thoughts woven in between.


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  1. FashionUm

    January 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for that Scott! Keep posting!
    Show Your Outfit!

  2. Stylosophism

    January 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Camilla is probably the most gorgeous and chic photographer ;)

  3. Laura

    January 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I love that first picture! So pure


  4. Elena

    January 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Interesting an elegant woman! So talented!

  5. Lauren Helen

    January 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    That braid is soooo beautiful!

  6. April

    January 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Very impressed with the ribbons in her braid. Rarely, is anyone able to display their journey physically. Everything is usually carried in the heart, beautiful!!

  7. montes Y mills

    January 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    she’s a bit of a tomboy and a bit of a princess…. she is fascinating. I love the scarf braided in.

  8. [email protected]

    January 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I love her style. Really enjoyed both of your shots above when you first posted them and it’s great to revist them now.

    The Styleseer

  9. Serdane

    January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Love her !! She is inspiring.

  10. comme fraiche

    January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    not sure of the significance of the pin on her dress but she looks great

  11. Mallika

    January 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    The photos are breathtaking.

    I agree about wearing a backless dress x

  12. Justine

    January 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I really love how each detail has a meaning behind it, like how the threads through her hair “symbolize the route of travel, and the thoughts woven in between.” It’s a whole new way to look at dressing yourself.

  13. Domonique

    January 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  14. anonymous

    January 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for posting this. It made sense about the journey, she seems very poetic in her outlook on life.

  15. Madara

    January 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I believe that black is very powerful color and she is wearing it fantastically well!

  16. Kate

    January 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    She is a ‘power dresser’ of the best kind!


  17. Marcel Da Chump

    January 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    It’s a slippery slope: a woman harnessing her femininity, as opposed to exploiting it; and she’s found that balance–I dare say.

  18. Judith

    January 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I remember both these photographs and how striking I thought they were. Thank you for telling us a bit about the woman in them. It just hit me how many fascinating people I have “met” through your blog and Garance’s.

  19. dragon fruit

    January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    what a serious inspiration! she is amazing!

  20. The Fringes

    January 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I love her style, even without knowing why she wore those clothes or the story behind it I can tell she puts thought into her look and is good at communicating through her style. I love that.

  21. Hillary

    January 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  22. isaobeso

    January 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

  23. Antoine Nicol

    January 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Magnifique post !

  24. Tatiana

    January 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Both looks are so effortless and so elegant.

  25. Eva

    January 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

  26. Dominika

    January 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    really amazing!
    and the photos are beautiful!
    especially the 1st one! LOVE!

    Fashion Philosophy

  27. Sophie

    January 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  28. Bonnie McCarthy

    January 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    In a word, she is fabulous! Great shots!

  29. Cristiana Nunes

    January 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    beautiful photo, elegant poise and dress :)

  30. Erin

    January 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I really enjoyed this profile.
    What a beautiful aesthetic.
    Camilla’s sentiment about dressing for herself really added depth, I greatly appreciate what she is expressing and her commitment to her own style.

  31. Kara

    January 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Classy Italian woman!

  32. G.L.T.

    January 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    If I was a designer I would pull her out of the crowd wearing my designs and have the models take pictures of her. 8

  33. lintmag

    January 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Love her! I wish there were more photos of her different looks.

  34. Marcina

    January 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    The best description of style I’ve heard yet. Well said.

  35. Nadine Baltazar

    January 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I saw that last picture a while ago and remember that I fell in love with it… Seing this interview reminded me of that. The black looks gorgeous on her. Peace, N.

  36. Theresa

    January 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Symbolic clothing choices–very inspiring.

  37. monkeyshines

    January 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    beautiful capture!


  38. Debra

    January 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    The first picture absolutely caught my attention.
    How commanding her presence is behind a camera. Not to mention in a lovely black dress. It drew me in.
    I must say this is one of those photos that makes me feel so happy to be a woman.




    January 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    That open backed dress is casual and super sexy! I might have to style an outfit like this to wear the next time I shoot a vintage editorial!


  40. Leira Zetroc

    January 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Wow, she is like…a philosophical bohemian. Very interesting thoughts and responses.

  41. Elisabeth

    January 20, 2012 at 2:26 am

    One thing (among others) I like about these posts is that I suddenly understand that you’ve photographed the same people many times, but some of them look so different in the different photos that I would never have guessed they were one and the same person.

  42. Marimorena

    January 20, 2012 at 3:18 am

    The second photo is awesome!

  43. Anna

    January 20, 2012 at 4:25 am

    wow… I love this braid! is she italian?

  44. Francesca

    January 20, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Camilla Alibrandi is a truly inspiring person.
    I love how her approach to fashion is so meaningful and unique: it puts fashion into a truly
    different perspective.
    She is definitely someone i will be taking style cues from…

  45. Charikleia

    January 20, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Whoa! The semantics of clothing.

    Never thought about it in that profound a way. (the braid answer is amazing)

    But I can tell you this. Whenever I go to a meeting and know that there will be male professionals around me (esp. older), I try to mix match femininity (eg. heels) with power eg. (sharp tailoring) just to make my point: “I am here, I am conscious of my age and body, I am serious and trustworthy, so let’s do business.”

    A big kiss from Greece!

  46. claire

    January 20, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Stunning and soo interesting – great interview – seems style does come from interesting places x

  47. deadlyinlove

    January 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

    She’s so lovely ! And her style is perfection for me

  48. B.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Love that first photo, great dress. The second is too dark for me ( apart from the crazy socks) but it does really fit the mood she describes.
    belgian fashion blog

  49. Emanuel

    January 20, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Beautiful and inspiring!

  50. Mica

    January 20, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Love the stories behind each of her outfits – every piece so special! :)

  51. antique engagement rings

    January 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I’m loving the bracelets!


    January 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

    realy beautiful girl, like my italian breakfast

  53. sifc33

    January 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Good LORD she’s gorgeous… too bad that dude in the back is ruining a masterpiece with his cargo pants..

  54. Lili Ngo

    January 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I reallyyyyy love the 2nd. she is amazing !!! I love her style :)

  55. Lauren

    January 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Her answers blew my mind. This is how daily dressing should be – thoughtful, deliberate, delightful!

    Hand drawn:
    My Closet in Sketches

  56. Camilla Alibrandi

    January 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Hi everybody,
    it’s Camilla speaking…
    Thank you so much for your comments <3
    I appreciate very much your thoughts!

    If you want to contact me, this is my email address [email protected]
    I would be happy to talk, to people who have the sensitivity and the need to express themselves through style

    see you soon!
    Camilla Alibrandi

  57. melissa

    January 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    She put’s a lot of thought into very detailed parts of her dress……
    She must think a lot….


  58. clarity enhanced diamonds

    January 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    A great photo….. wonderful!

  59. Catherine

    January 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    A name to remember. This post is beautiful, strong.

  60. fashionattacksme

    January 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Great Style

  61. Sally

    January 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    And this, folks, is a stellar example of the word ‘artist’. Thanks for this piece, it reads beautifully and the questions are on-point.

  62. Tracy

    January 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Simply gorge. The vulnerability of her back…shows her strength. And when you photograph you are at once protected by your camera but also so out there on a limb. I love this. Thanks for posting. I’m loving the profiles.

  63. Leah Noir

    January 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    LOVE HER LOOK! #muse

  64. Evelyn

    January 21, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I love all black with a touch of color

  65. Martine

    January 21, 2012 at 3:12 am

    She is inspirational to me.

  66. Nina Papaioannou

    January 21, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I love the photographer in the backless dress!!! The picture is amazing… and yes, I think she is powerful ! :)

  67. Passionista Hub

    January 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    In a milieu where most people believe “it’s a man’s world”, this Camilla beauty carves a niche for herself! Who dare stop her? Who? Keep up the good work!

  68. Style Dilettante

    January 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Wow! Dressing symbolically – such a fascinating concept! I love the shot of her shooting in a backless dress. It looks like she is emerging naked from a pile of cloth to take the shot!

  69. Sapphire Rose Kaahu

    January 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you

  70. Bella

    January 22, 2012 at 5:08 am

    A tad much overthinking over her dressing, no? Must be tiring each morning to wake up and think of all the symbolism in her hair and dressing that she has to come up for the day

  71. Carola

    January 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    classy & uncommonly talented!

  72. Plami

    January 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    She’s absolutely gorgeous!


  73. Honeybee

    January 23, 2012 at 5:41 am

    It seems it’s just me but I find the first question really stupid. Would you ask a man whether he feels powerful shooting female models while wearing a suit and tie? I guess not…

  74. Mr Kane

    January 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

    so chic…

    JK ||

  75. Dake

    January 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    this is gorgeous. I love how much thought she puts into her outfits.

  76. Dan

    January 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Great pictures and a stylish woman, but seems very pretentious. How can stuff woven through a plait represent a journey and thoughts of travel?! Come on…

  77. Chicandspicy

    January 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    She looks so sensitive … but full of energy… love her xxx

  78. Jean Paul

    January 27, 2012 at 9:30 am


  79. Julia

    January 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    style parfait !

  80. Heidi Howard

    March 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    The braid is her best accessory!

  81. My Evening Dress

    March 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

    style pure! what stunning shot of the backless black dress! Camilla’s street style is different and a true inspiration to anyone that follows fashion x

  82. Stacy Lauren smith

    March 12, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Love this

  83. Jie Gao

    March 2, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I like the answer for those two question. I don’t really dress like this, but I feel I should be like these, because I feel it is correct that I should be wearing like what I am, but nit depending the person I work with or meet up. And I also second answer too, use cape to help reminding who I have met during my journey. That will be funny and storable.

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