The plan was to shoot three different 10-page fashion stories in the bright Miami sun over the course of four days (using seven models). Ambitious? Yes. Doable? Definitely. Well, Mother Nature had other plans for us. Since there was a 40 percent chance of rain on three and a half of those days, we decided to really hustle and shoot three stories in less than 36 hours (two shoots on one day and the last shoot on the half day). Super ambitious? Yes. Doable? Absolutely (especially since we really had no other option)!
You already saw last month’s fun romp on the beach—titled “The Dunes”—with hotties Alex, Bart, Jordan and Lucas wearing the coolest new denim (and little else). For that shoot (which started bright and early at 6 a.m. the morning after we arrived in South Beach), we took some inspiration from the late great photographer Herb Ritts (naturally that prompted us to sing “Cherish” by Madonna) and wanted the guys to look like they were genuinely having a good time. I hope you’ll agree that we succeeded!
For the May issue’s “Road Trip” story, we spent half the day with Chilean god Bernardo Arriagada. Not only does Bernardo posses a perfect body, killer smile and a nipple ring—he’s also incredibly sweet and a total professional. Plus he’s great with animals. Check out the critters who ended up crashing our set—Bernardo was a bit of a “Raccoon Whisperer” (well, actually they were after his leftover sandwich—which they successfully managed to snatch out of the front seat of the car).
We also started at 6 a.m. that morning—it would have been earlier had we not already picked up the Jeep from a (very) dodgy rental car garage (it looked like the kind of place where you could also buy a knockoff Louis Vuitton bag as well as put a hit out on your ex-boyfriend) near the Miami International Airport in between our two shoots on the day prior.
We all drove to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne (about a half hour out of Miami). The park (which was voted “One of the Top Ten Beaches in the U.S.”) boasts 1.2 miles of uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean shoreline and a 95-foot lighthouse that was built in 1825 (making it the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County). It was also the perfect backdrop for Bernardo to showcase the season’s hottest military-inspired looks from Bottega Veneta, Richard Chai, French Connection and Gap (to name but a few).
So, what’s coming up for June/July? You’ll just have to wait and see—but I will tell you that it involves two boys (one named Bo, the other named Augusto) plus lots (and lots) of water (and little else).
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