Through the lens Q&A: Style du Monde
Acielle, founder of Style du Monde, is a street style photographer and a regular at CPHFW. She travels around the world and captures inspiring styles and different approaches to fashion.
Fashion weeks are full of anticipation, discovering new talents, and seeing the brands’ amazing work. The inspiration can be found not only on the runway but also on the streets. Acielle, founder of Style du Monde, is one of the biggest names in street style photography, however, she has also captured backstage photography for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten, and many more. She has been shooting numerous fashion weeks including CPHFW.
Through her unique perspective, Acielle is a Vogue.com and New York Times contributor, and her work has been featured in diverse magazines from WWD Japan to GQ to British Vogue.
How and when did your street style photographer career start?
I took my first street style pictures in 2008. Being in Antwerp a lot I saw many students from the fashion academy with inspiring outfits. I felt the urge to share these looks with the world. From there I just took it further and further adding city after city and ended up shooting street style and backstage all over the world.
What is that you love the most about street style?
Street style combines my love and passion for both fashion and photography. I’ve always seen street style as a source of inspiration. During fashion week every day is a new adventure. There is always somebody that surprises me with a unique combination of patterns and fabrics, maybe classic with a twist, etc. Street style gives a broader audience the chance to see runway pieces in an everyday setting.
How do you find the fashion scene in Copenhagen? Did you notice any changes throughout the years?
I’ve always loved the fashion scene in Copenhagen. I’ve seen Copenhagen Fashion Week grow season after season. It has taken the global lead in their commitment to sustainability and inclusivity. Copenhagen has become a major force in the fashion world where it’s now considered the fifth fashion city.
What was your first time at Copenhagen Fashion Week like?
I loved the positive relaxed atmosphere. Copenhagen is more than just a beautiful city, you can feel the quality of life. It’s not just a city you want to visit, it’s a place where you want to live.
Having been at so many fashion weeks is there something about Copenhagen style that stands out for you?
It’s hard to put it into words but Copenhagen style definitely has an optimistic vibe to it. Usually, I would associate Copenhagen style with minimalism however this season we got to see lots of bright colours. Copenhagen style very much has the theme of eco-consciousness and sustainability running through it. The Danish brands put eco-consciousness at their core and that is clearly represented in the street style as well.