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Audrey Tautou is back on stage! Cover story by ESTHER HAASE for the new MADAME FIGARO

ESTHER HAASE met up once more with French film stars for MADAME FIGARO. This time, the celebrity photographer had simpatico actress Audrey Tautou in front of her lens – whom many will fondly remember from her lead role in ‘Amélie’ and, above all, from her legendary appearance in the role of Coco Chanel.

Despite her enormous success in French cinema, Audrey Tautou decided to slow things down a bit a decade ago. Five years later, after playing supporting roles in ‘En liberté !’, which was translated to ‘The Trouble with You’, or ‘Santa & Cie.’, the iconic actress decided not to film at all anymore. Making movies had become too time-consuming for the curious actress who dreams of exploring other disciplines and enjoys her daily life with her daughter, whom she adopted in 2018. Which made it all the more surprising to discover her on stage again at the beginning of the year.

Audrey Tautou is back on stage with a literary and musical performance. The piece, based on the novel ‘Charlotte’ by David Foenkinos, is about the life of Jewish-German painter Charlotte Salomon, who was deported in 1943 and killed in Auschwitz.

“It was also the portrait of an artist, shining light on her incredible work that swayed my decision to return to the stage,” the actress, who has always had a veritable passion for painting, tells MADAME FIGARO. As a teenager in her hometown of Montluçon, Audrey Tautou, who is meanwhile aged 47, dreamed of becoming a student of the fine arts.

She reveals what else she has been up to over the past years in a MADAME FIGARO interview : “I wrote a children’s book, which I also illustrated, but it is much more work than I had imagined … I am also working on a photo book. An extension of the ‘Superfacial’ exhibition I presented in Arles, enriched with texts. When I started working freelance, I noticed how difficult it is to complete projects successfully! I need deadlines, but I don’t believe that publishing companies would dare to give me a time limit. I’m working on a screenplay in parallel which I would like to direct. But at the speed I’m going, we’ll probably talk about it again ten years from now …”

‘Charlotte’, directed by Jérémie Lippmann, will run from 19 to 25 January, 2024, at La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine).

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16.01.2024 show complete article


ESTHER HAASE : ‘Show & Schuss’ – the fusion of sports & high fashion with Chane Husselmann, Chiara Bimbatti and Aliane Uwimana for MADAME FIGARO

Fashion photographer Esther Haase presents ‘Show & Schuss’ in the MADAME FIGARO issue from 24 November, 2023 – featuring models Chane Husselmann, Chiara Bimbatti and Aliane Uwimana with a fusion of high fashion and sports style.

Stylist Barbara Baumel chose a selection of ski-style looks from prestigious brands such as Loro Piana, Fendi, Falconeri, Yves Salomon, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Maison Montagut, Intimissimi, Fusalp, Ferragamo, Max Mara Weekend, Prada, Dior, Marni, Canada Goose, Eric Bompard, Colmar, Miu Miu, Lanvin, Moncler, H&M, Herno, and Celine by Hedi Slimane.

Hairstyling was in the hands of Olivier Lebrun for the models, with makeup by Christina Lutz – adding a touch of elegance to the topic inspired by winter sports.
09.12.2023 show complete article


ESTHER HAASE photographs the MADAME FIGARO cover story with Mélanie Laurent and Isabelle Adjani, now appearing in ‘Wingwomen’ on Netflix

ESTHER HAASE met up with the two actresses Mélanie Laurent and Isabelle Adjani for MADAME FIGARO. Esther has worked with both of the French women in the past, and the two of them have also been friends for many years. The perfect ingredients for a high fashion editorial in an intimate and laid-back atmosphere.

The shoot took place for the new French heist flick ‘Wingwomen’ on NETFLIX featuring the two actresses, which was also directed by Mélanie Laurent. What’s it about? A professional thief is tired of living the life of a fugitive and decides to retire – but not before doing one last job.

‘Wingwomen’ breaks with the typical gender stereotypes associated with action films. It tells the story of a group of four female heroes who get involved in a diamond heist, high-speed chases and explosive action-packed situations – all the while remaining as confident and witty as ever. Adjani’s character, the Godmother, is a powerful and manipulative person who adds depth and complexity to the narrative.

The decades-long friendship between Adjani and Laurent has only strengthened their collaboration. The result is a film which is not only entertaining, but also provides a bit of food for thought. Their mutual passion for art paired with commitment to their craft and the willingness to voice their opinions have made them quite a formidable duo in the film industry. The very spirit captured by Esther during the cover shoot.

For the MADAME FIGARO cover story, stylist Agnès Poulle curated ensembles from renowned labels, including Fendi, Valentino, Rokh, Michael Kors Collection, Stella McCartney, AMI Alexandre Mattiussi, and Alaïa. Isabelle’s beauty team was made up of Margaux Jalouzot (makeup) and Delphine Courteille (hair), and on the job for Melanie was Christophe Danchaud (makeup) and Rudy Marmet (hair).
21.11.2023 show complete article