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An Inside Look at Paris’ Exclusive Fashion Fetes

Rihanna in full fishnet; the elegant Catherine Deneuve; a bare, tattooed derriere…François Goizé shows us the best of Paris nightlife

BY HILARY SHEPHERD

PEOPLE  -  FEBRUARY 05

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For years, French photographer François Goizé has been documenting the A-list fetes surrounding Paris Fashion Week for French Vogue, WWD, and Vanity Fair France, among others. His latest project? A Night on the Town in Paris, a book of 144 photos—most of which were previously unseen—exposing the fashion set’s after-hours revelry. 

Click through our slideshow to see a selection of Goizé’s favorite snaps and the stories behind them. Warning: Some are naughty (ahem, the inked derriere at—of course—a Rick Owens party); some are nice; but all exude the je ne sais quoi that makes Paris the best place to party.

Hilary Shepherd: Why did you feel that now was the right time to release A Night on the Town in Paris?

François Goizé: I wanted to show the Paris fashion world at night as a portrait of our times. Most of these [photos] had never been published, and I wanted them to live in print as a personal statement rather than online in galleries that talk about one given event, or who is wearing what. I try to bring a certain quality to what I see. By printing the photos on paper and really composing the layout, I wanted to give the images additional depth. I hope that people will appreciate them as portraits. It’s been a while since this kind of photo book has been done. It has a kind of ’70s feeling to it. It just seemed to me that now was a good time to offer a portrait of Paris fashion and nightlife—the way we live it during fashion week.

HS: What has been the most memorable moment in your career thus far? 

FG: It was an important moment for me when Vanity Fair France asked me to be its event and party photographer, because of the quality of the brand and the freedom the magazine gave me. Often, I wish I could have had a few more minutes with my subjects to try other shots, but part of this particular style of photography is its spontaneity.

HS: What do you think makes a good party book?

FG: What makes a party book successful is what you get out of the people you photograph. It has to be fun and sincere at the same time. It’s a collaboration. It’s also about how the photos are put together, and the sense you make of a situation with respect to the photo opposite. I hope that this book conveys a gentle humor. It’s personal for the people being photographed, but it is for me, too.

A Night on the Town in Paris is available for $37.91 at Colette 

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