Never before has a concept materialized so immediately in my mind, and of two things I became instantly certain: 1) Horses, classic cars and green grass would be involved. 2) Landon Nordeman was the only photographer who could illustrate my vision precisely as I saw it. Everything his lens captures takes on an element of mystery, surreality and a whiff of satire- all the while maintaining natural beauty. Be it a live being or an inanimate object, we want to know how it got there, what it's thinking, what it's doing, why it's doing it. Nothing escapes personification.
During Paris Fashion week in early March, the Grand Palais transformed into "Brasserie Gabrielle" for the setting of Chanel's Fall/Winter show; 97 sublime ensembles came sauntering through its revolving door, one more breathtaking than the next. My challenge? Choosing seven.
I coupled my adoration for Chanel's silhouette and enduring ingenuity with a location for which I feel an equal affinity. Located in Greenspring Valley - the heart of Baltimore County's most hauntingly beautiful horse-country - lies Stoneworth Farm. Much of my youth and teenage years were spent at this picturesque location, a refuge which continues to hold a special place in my heart. Perennial and personal, unfading and deeply distinctive, Chanel and Stoneworth made a perfect match.
Coco Chanel held an affinity for horses and the equestrian lifestyle. She designed practical clothing that afforded movement and function, yet maintained style and elegance. These nuanced creations enabled women to exude an air of confidence, modernity and effortless beauty. During the autumn months of fox hunting season, known as “cubbing,” age-old tradition requires riders to don tweed jackets. Fittingly, I chose to shoot the Fall collection during the prime of cubbing season in Greenspring Valley, authentically incorporating Stoneworth's active hunter horses. Capturing the Chanel tweed coat and luxurious feather skirt in this rugged outdoor environment (seen directly above) was another purposeful nod to the beautiful juxtaposition at the center of Chanel's ethos.