The popular French photographer, often known by his blog’s name, J’ai Perdu Ma Veste, was a frequent contributor to New York magazine, Vogue and GQ. With his recent passing, today's post is a special tribute to Nabile's work, with huge admiration as his portfolio brings back to life his talent and will forever show his unique eye for street style photography.
Model Village had a close and personal relationship with Nabile, with exciting projects planned for 2018. However his memory will always live on within the MV community and indeed the fashion industry worldwide. This post shares his inspirational life story and highlights a few of our favourite photographs captured by Nabile.
Born in Paris in 1985, Quenum moved to Ivory Coast in West Africa at the age of four, before returning to the French capital in 2002, where he lived for the last 15 years. In 2014 he told Le Report:
“Paris is me, and I am Paris. I feel free here,” he told Le Report.
Read his interview with GQ here and discover the reasons behind his love for the French Capital, including his specific interest in Paris street style and Parisian style icons.
His working portfolio famously captured models from around the globe. In September 2017 he photographed last year's Model of the Year Adwoa Aboah. The Supermodel also shared her respect and memories of Nabile on her social media.
A truly sad start to the year. Nabile i will forever be grateful for all the support you have shown me through the years. I remember meeting you for the first time outside of DKNY years ago, it was my first NFW and you’re smile as you chased a nervous me down the street will forever stay in my mind. Since that day i always had time for you and i felt that you did as well. None of it will be the same without you....You will be missed. It breaks my heart to know that i won’t see you’re face on the streets of NYC, LONDON, MILAN and PARIS. Sending my deepest love to you’re family and friends. @jaiperdumaveste
Nabile's personal blog J'ai perdu ma veste featured daily portfolio updates, helping to inspire the fashion community and truly capture the "Models Off Duty" look. Quenum was a fixture on the Fashion Week circuit and stood out of the crowd by capturing models' natural aesthetic and style in real life, showing raw emotion and beauty which is often edited and lost in today's modern world.
Pictured below: Victoria Secret Supermodel Candice Swanepoel
Pictured below: Model Hanne Gaby Odiele
Vogue reported how his colourful style was also a unique factor of his, bringing life and joy to his work, which is perhaps something inspired by his childhood life in Africa surrounded by such rich and organic natural inspiration.
He also helped share his advice for models wanting to be scouted in large publications such as Vogue. Check out his interview with the popular fashion blog, Envelope as he describes what makes a "magic moment" for the perfect shot.
Pictured below: Male models at PFW S/S 2015
His passing will undoubtedly be deeply felt, especially during this Fashion Month. However, whilst Nabile himself has sadly left this world, his work will always live on and inspire the modelling community. In the meantime we can all follow the best advice he'd suggest, as he told the online blog Fashion We Like: "Be yourself and always be polite."