“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.” ― Coco Chanel
I love working with hotels as spaces for editorial locations, and the Public Hotel (Chicago) was a dream space. Our femme fatale photo shoot needed to have a lux backdrop and the hotel had some amazing details that I was able to incorporate into the images. We were paying homage to Mata Hari, this dark and seductive beauty who loved to be surrounded by all things jeweled and touched with gilded metals.
The fashion for a lot of the hero shots was really key. Daryl worked with the stylist and pulled this gorgeous charcoal gray ball gown skirt with a beautiful sheen. Great jewelry and a rockstar motorcycle jacket completed the look.
Metallics and shine were a constant motif for the production. The skirt and the jewelry were framed with the mercury glass mirrors and the crystal chandelier of the hotel. Our femme fatale tank top with the magenta foil was paired with a metallic brocade camo pant that also had a sheen. This shot was set with the city at night, specifically the reflective silver aluminum bulkheads of the Chicago Riverwalk.
written by: Bret Grafton
edited by: Suzanne Claussen
photography by: Bret Grafton
production: Daryl Sneed
stylist: Beth Berlin
hmua: Allie Kunkler
agency: Factor Chosen (Chicago)
location: The Public Hotel (Chicago); Chicago Riverwalk