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Photographer Darren Gerrish is a familiar fixture on London’s party scene, capturing those from the echelons of film, music and fashion at play (accordingly, you’ll find his pictures in the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair et al). With nightlife halted for the time being, Gerrish is sheltering at home re-watching the classics of French cinema, and dreaming of IRL French summers, spent in the perfect hotel he has discovered just outside of Marseille – though exactly where that is, he’s sworn to secrecy.
I am following the fashion illustrator David Downton and Tony Glenville on Instagram for tales of fashion, couture – stories I love. I’m also taking time to watch all the French classics from Les Enfants du Paradis to La Piscine. Also, the French TV series called The Bureau – just brilliant.
The sun, the sun, the sun and the sun!
I’m afraid it’ll be the same places – Marseille and then there’s a place just east of the city too.
Sorry, but I can’t tell you! I’m sworn to secrecy but it’s my favourite place in all the world – rocks to dive off all day; the best hotel and village. It’s like the south of France in the 1930s.
I love buying white worker’s jackets from Maison Empereur in Marseille.
I made bouillabaisse – I make a killer one – it reminds me of Chez Michel in Marseille, the best bouillabaisse in the world.
Open-top Fiat 500.
When I went by train and boat all the way from London to Marrakech.
Me – I can do whatever I want, no plans, no concessions.
I met my wife – now ex – in Paris, then trained through France to southern Spain.
Pastis Piscine – a huge bulb glass full of ice and then pour your usual Pastis – at Vallon des Auffes.
Stay up and then go straight to the pub at 6pm – drown it in booze!
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