13 INSTRAGRAMMERS TO FOLLOW | My InstaList

Lately I have been very active on Instagram and Pinterest, but not so much on WordPress. My subscription payment reminded me I should probably not let this blog die out and so I thought of jumpstarting this page again with some inspiring people.

So basically this list contains a couple of Instapages that inspire and fascinate me, by people who I think are making an impact (be it style-wise, ecological, spiritual, cultural, visual…). Most of them are chasing their dreams with a camera and pretty much all of them are really busy claiming their spot in this world by being their unique selves. I’m all about their vision and mission, and I hope the world will get to know them and I hope this way I can contribute a bit to that.

This is a pretty subjective list of course. You don’t have to agree with what I find fascinating, but who knows, you might think these Instagram accounts are worth a follow and spend a couple of hours exploring their IG mosaic.

It’s a pretty small selection. Mainly featured the ones, I thought were pretty special. To those who do trust my taste… enjoy. Those who don’t, you can always leave suggestions in the comments. I’ll check them out and maybe they make the cut for the next post.

LIFE + STYLE / Fashion statement

@mr.erbil

Some really stylish gents from Kurdistan. Hands down one of my favourite pages. Also, check out the amazing women and style goddesses they feature as ‘Thursday Woman’s inspiration‘.

IG_mrerbil

@strangewomensociety

Really curious and really fun. And are you really BFF’s if you don’t support your babes with this shirt? Also planning to start my own clan with this pin.

IG_strangewomensociety

@TheOutrageOnline

Not quite sure whether to put these activists under Fashion Statement, because they are more about the Statement than the Fashion, but it’s in there and they mention that they make apparel for ‘lovers of equality’. Pins did obviously make a comeback. Yeay for that. I don’t have enough skin to get a tattoo everytime I want to express myself, so pins are a good and slightly less permanent add-on. Also the reason tote bags need to stay happening

IG_theoutrageonline

@Mr.K Tattoo

But if you do prefer tattoos to make your statement. This guy has the most elegant, detailed and intricate tattoos I’ve ever seen and yes, I need them everywhere. Definitely check out the rest of his IG for his amazing work.

IG_mrk

@StudioMucci

As statements go Studio Mucci is definitely one… If you have a vision, spread it, and Amina Mucciolo did just that. She likes things colourful and you better know it. When you feel yourself going to a dark place (and you prefer not to be there, because sometimes you just have to be in a dark place… I feel ya), go to her happy place and get your shot of rainbow love. Dark soul exorcism.

IG_studiomucci

@The_Mari__McQueen

Shemari K. Banks knows style and is not afraid to show you. Follow him at his blog Maison de vêtements.

IG_marimcqueen

@WomansTouchApparel

They are in your face and does fashion still come in a different colour than activism? I’m all for it, though I haven’t seen much of it in the street, but one thing is for sure: they slay.  It’s almost my birthday, so someone get me that trench.

IG_womanstouch

CULTURE / Discovering culture, confetti and vintage

@TheYoungEmpire

They put young black talent in the spotlight. Be it business, politics, entertainment, sport or fashion, or make that ‘slashes’, because some of these talents crossover into multihyphen career directions. They nail it everytime. Very inspiring and finger on the pulse.

IG_theyoungempire

 

@The_Confetti_Project

“Dousing amazing humans with confetti + exploring what they celebrate” It’s all there in their bio. What’s not to love? (They should probably meet the woman behind Studio Mucci. Just a thought.)

IG_confettiproject

@mcdamnright

This guy is trying to Save the Sixties (and doing an amazing job btw) and calls himself a ‘mid-century purist’. Check out his work on the Save the Sixties site and see how you can contribute to the project.

IG_mcdamnright

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY / The Imagineers

@sezyilmaz

IG_sezgin

@Othmanoua

I include this ‘Belgian-Moroccan Dreamer’ because I’ve been a fan of his pictures for a while now. Mainly because my beloved Brussels is usually in the frame, but Othman travels around and seems to snap the world in all his glory.

IG_othmanoua

@kaetscheparis

She travels around and you can come with her in the strange Alice in Wonderland that this dimension is. For more of her colourful personality, go to her Tumblr account.

IG_kaetsche

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Do you still see Yves Sans Logement, Christian Dehors & Jean Paul Galère? #Ayonslélégance

After the 31st of Mars most winter shelters decided winter was officially over and started closing their doors on the thousands of homeless people who were counting on a roof over their heads, sending them back to the streets.

In France alone 140,000 people are affected, of which 30,000 are children. A fact Aurore, an organisation that fights against exclusion and precariousness, didn’t want to go unnoticed. So they launched a campaign to bring this appalling situation to people’s attention. It’s not because the temperatures rise, that the problem melts away.

Aurore decided to raise awareness by raising visibility, using Paris’ glamorous reputation in their advantage, and showing the obvious gap between luxury brand rich and live-on-the-street poor. Aurore Association started hanging a thousand posters in the city center and the North and North-East of Paris, with the slogan: “Ayons l’élégance d’aider ceux qui n’ont rien” (“Be elegant enough to help those who have nothing”) printed on it.

Rémi Noël, the creative mind behind the concept and execution of the poster design, uses luxury brands to get attention for the people who go unnoticed on a daily basis and to confront people with the sad reality. Noël transformed Yves Saint Laurent to “Yves Sans Logement” for the occasion. Christian Dior became “Christian Dehors”. And Jean-Paul Gaultier couldn’t be forgotten either, so he was baptized “Jean-Paul Galère”. Small detail, the luxury brands weren’t asked for permission to cooperate. So in the beginning they might not even have been aware they were part of this project.

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The campaign is getting good coverage and reviews. People on Twitter are using the hashtag #Ayonslélégance to express their appreciation. Like “La vraie élégance n’est pas dans les vitrines mais en regardant ceux qui sont sur les trottoirs” (“True elegance is not in the shop windows, but in noticing those who are on the sidewalks”).

In the meantime, the Internet is also eagerly suggesting follow-up slogans like “Dans quel monde Vuitton”; “Hugo Bosse Pas”, transforming Nina Ricci into “Nina n’a rien”, and referring to an older parody that went viral a couple of years ago: “Je Dors Dehors”.

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If you feel like helping Aurore in their fight for better living circumstances and against poverty, homelessness and exclusion, visit their website (in French and English), or contact them on their Facebook page or via their Twitter account.