When it comes to 2022 fashion trends, we’re always inspired by our latest photoshoots. From spring dresses for women to seasonal colors in fashion, our shoots are where the clothes and the mood of the moment come together. For our recent New Romantics shoot, for example, our VP of Brand Creative, Delaney Tabron, transformed our favorite spring styles into a spring chic fantasy with a dreamy setting, an amazing model and the perfect styling. Here, Delaney dishes on what made the shoot so, well, romantic… and the look she plans to wear herself.
What was the inspiration behind this photoshoot?
This collection itself is wildly romantic. There are layers and layers of tulle, boned bodices, satin bows and eccentric ruffles. I’m often inspired by music and film, so this shoot references French New Wave cinema and the New Romantics movement of the 1960s and '70s. My cinematic influences were Agnès Varda’s 1962 film, Cléo from 5 to 7, and Bande à part, a 1964 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. In my head, David Bowie’s "Fashion" was playing on repeat while our BCBG muse Karol Santos wandered through a beautiful, abandoned French Villa.
Tell us about the location and why you chose it.
I’ve always been curious about the enormous mansion that’s perched on a roadside cliff overlooking the ocean on the Pacific Coast Highway. When looking for a location for this shoot, I discovered the mansion is called Villa de Leon and is often mistaken for the Getty Villa. Villa de Leon is a 35-room, 10,277-square-foot, Beaux Arts-style villa designed in 1927 for a wool magnate named Leon Kauffman. The building took five years to complete and cost Kauffman $1 million (which was a lot more money back then!). Fun fact: Villa de Leon appears in Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” music video, and celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum and Robert Pattinson (among others) have all posed on its premises. It was truly the perfect location to complement the luxe opulence of our latest collection.
Who is the model and what was it like to work with her?
Karol Santos was a dream to work with. She has a quiet confidence and strength that enhanced the feminine silhouettes of the collection. It was a long day, and we wanted to shoot the swimwear at magic hour, so the low light would reflect off the ocean as the sun went down. It was cool for California, and somehow she managed to look warm and relaxed, despite being cold and exhausted. That’s the true mark of a talented and professional model.
Tell us about the styling and the looks. What was the mood you and the stylist were going for?
The mood could best be described as luxe romantic sophistication. The looks were put together by our trend director, Caitlin Boelke, who wanted to create an aesthetic that is both aspirational and effortlessly wearable.
Do you have any favorite pieces and how will you be wearing them?