Melvin Sokolsky and his fave model, Simone d’Aillencourt

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Last week I told you that one of the highlights at the festival for me was when Simone d’Aillencourt made a guest appearance to celebrate the exhibition of her long time friend, Melvin Sokolsky.


The Hong Kong based JOYCE ’96 cover, photo by Gustavo Ten Hoever and an iconic photo of Simone d’Aillencourt by Melvin Sokolsky.

I remember when I put Simone on the cover of JOYCE in 1996, our New York Editor, Stefano Tonchi, told me that if I was working for Conde Nast they would have walked me over to the elevator and pushed Down. Gustavo and I had an amazing time with the lovely Simone, the coolest model I have ever had the pleasure of working with and a framed print from our shoot has been hanging on my wall for the past 12 years.

Melvin and Simone then and now.

Archival images from the catalogue for the 23rd edition of the festival d’Hyeres.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.