It’s been a while since my last partnership with Dolce & Gabbana – our first was one of the first editorials I ever created for a luxury client, so it seems serendipitous that we would circle back and find ourselves here again, years later.
For my newest work for Dolce & Gabbana I was asked to interpret their latest campaign for their new fragrance, Dolce Rosa Excelsa, and I couldn’t have been more in love with the idea.
The fragrance is inspired by the iconic Dolce & Gabbana red rose, which symbolises love, beauty, and romance. It has long been a source of creative inspiration for Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, and was the main inspiration for my very own editorial – a personal story of love based on my very first date with Luke, which can you believe, was sky diving.
It was 2007 and I still recall the day we joked about what we should do for our first date. The conversation resulted in us being pleasantly surprised by each other, as we were both more than willing to go sky diving. The only part we joked about was how humorous it would be if we ended up “dating for a really long time or getting married”, which we could then retell the story of our epic first date to our friends, family and children.
9 years later, engaged, and here we are, talking about that very first date. Go figure.
I can’t think of too many other activities that can bond two people so quickly on a first date. The level of trust and vulnerability you share with each other is precious – anyone that is willing to jump out of a plane for you is worth investing your time (and love) into. Luckily for Luke and I, we jumped out of that plane together and never looked back.
This editorial takes inspiration from this very first date, with my new friend Guerrino playing the role of Luke. This is the largest production I’ve taken on for an editorial in recent times and I couldn’t have asked for a stronger team behind it, with one of Australia’s leading fashion photographers Simon Upton coming on board to lens this special story for us.
One charter plane, a billowing parachute, two wind machines, and an overflowing van of red roses and greenery by Sean of Mr Cook later, we have a new editorial story for Dolce & Gabbana and one I can say I am incredibly proud of.
To love, and every day, hour, minute, second you spend consumed by it.
Photographer: Simon Upton @ The Artist Group
Photo Assistant 1: Mitch Hay
Photo Assistant 2: Alex Tracey
Digi: Diego Lorenzo
Creative and Art Direction: Nicole Warne
Model: Guerrino Santulliana @ IMG Models
Styling: Gemma Keil
Make-up: Linda Jefferyes @ The Artist Group
Hair: Daren Borthwik @ The Artist Group
Florist: Sean Cook @ Mr Cook
Florist Assistant: Dana Rabinovits
Producer: Lauren Bacigalupo
Look 1: Dolce & Gabbana Rose Dress and Heels
Look 2: Dolce & Gabbana Lace Top / Rachel Gilbert Darlia Skirt / Jennifer Behr Headband from Desordre / Stuart Weitzman Heels
Look 4: Full Dolce & Gabbana Look
Look 5: Full Dolce & Gabbana Look
Look 6: Full Dolce & Gabbana Look
Look 7: Dolce & Gabbana Skirt, Headband and Ring / Michael Lo Sordo Crop Top
Look 8: Dolce & Gabbana Earrings / Lillian Khallouf Dress
Look 9: Dolce & Gabbana Look / Jennifer Behr Satin Headband from Desordre