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Happy Holidays

Holiday_Party_cover00 How lucky are we that we get to work with our best friends? My friendship with Kelly began 3 years ago on a shoot in Malibu where we shot all day, and dreamed all night. Fast forward to now, another year in our friendship. We shared a house in Amagansett, she threw me the best birthday party of all, we collaborated on shoots from CHANEL to golden goddesses, cool kids to Victoria Secret models. Before we each go home to our real families Kelly and I had a Holiday Party here at the studio for our little New York family, the ones that buy you a drink after a hard day or make you laugh when work is stressful or keep you inspired though all forms of collaboration… and the occasional selfie.

Of course we had to go big and by go big we mean we decked the entire party out in Ralph Lauren from the table tops to the shoes! …so it was basically my dream party. Zach, Kelly’s boyfriend (who just opened a new restaurant in Manhattan!) made the most beautiful dinner of Coq au Vin (recipe HERE!) while Kevin welcomed our guests with a Suburban cocktail (see his story & recipe below!).

Kelly took care of the table with a focus on personal touches, my favorite being the way she did the place settings by using a small silver frame and having me print photos that I have taken of us through the years (which was super easy using THIS), as a way to mark each person’s seat at the table. I loved this touch. I thought it really represented our friendship and collaboration and was an amazing way for everyone to re-tell the story behind the image.

While she sat the table I thought it would be fun to put the photo studio in use even for a dinner party! I threw up a gray seamless and put some warm gels over a couple of kino flo lights and had the camera ready to go to take portraits of each other, to remember this time in our lives together, and this holiday season. As the night progressed the portrait studio turned into a candid riot of laughter and dancing and all out friendship silliness. I cherish this night, these real moments of laugher and wine, photography and art- all the passions that brought us together in the first place.

So here’s to the holiday season. I hope you find some inspiration in our intimate Ralph Lauren inspired dinner party for your own this December and remember to be with the ones that you love….

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Kelly has a method to her table-setting-madness! See here entertaining tips here

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Above~ keeping it classic in a Ralph Lauren Collection Cashmere Chunky Knit Turtleneck (I order a size up to make it extra cozy), Collection Pencil Skirt and Suede Blamina Sandal

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The Suburban Cocktail

Rye, Dark Rum & Port, Oh My

Kevin: I was very pleased when Jamie and Kelly informed me I was in charge of cocktails for our holiday dinner party. Some time ago I had tasked myself with learning to make a variety of cocktails and the reputation stuck, so I often find myself making spicy margaritas in the summer or, in this case, something more in sync with the winter months.

When I came across The Suburban, a cocktail created in New York City in the 1880′s, and named after a horse race, I knew it would fit perfectly with the Ralph Lauren vibe the girls were creating. It’s a rye whiskey based cocktail, with the unusual addition of dark rum and port, plus bitters. Esquire described it best: ”If you could distill carved-oak paneling and club chairs, leather-bound volumes and three-cushion billiard tables, this is what you’d get..”

Intrigued by how the ingredients might all go together, I made a test batch and was instantly impressed. After round one I was literally struggling to make batches faster than our guests were drinking them. So it’s safe to say it was a hit. Not too strong in taste, and not too sweet. Perfect for a winter evening and, because of the port, an easy transition to the red wine we had with dinner. Although I think at least a few of us kept drinking the cocktail throughout the meal.

The Suburban

3 oz rye whiskey
1 oz port wine
1 oz dark rum
3 dashes orange bitters
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake with ice, or stir. I stirred.

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Above~ Ivo wearing a Ralph Lauren velvet jacket, scarf, vest, shirt, plants and monogrammed slippers with Zach in a Ralph Lauren dinner jacket, vest, scarf, shirt, suspenders, pants and pony-embroidered slippers

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Below~ Kevin in a Ralph Lauren suit, sweater, shirt, and black velvet slippers with Bunny in a Ralph Lauren cowl neck sweater

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As you guys know, our friends Mike & Theresa opened Kingston Wine Co. in Kingston, NY this year with an amazing monthly wine share which we saved and used to serve over dinner. Each wine comes with a story on the grower with suggested pairings and recipes… would make an amazing holiday gift! 

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Below~ Kelly kept it cool in a Ralph Lauren Blue Label Wrap Maxi Dress, Ralph Lauren Vintage Jewelry Gold Lockett and Ralph Lauren Leopard Haircalf Rina Flat

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A one-pot meal you can make in advance of a dinner party is a chic but decadent way to host a dinner party. Zach created for us the perfect Coq au Vin where he shares his personal recipe for HERE.

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Above~ Bunny steals the show in a Ralph Lauren cowl neck sweater

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Below~ Erin (middle) in a Ralph Lauren cashmere gown

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

 All clothing and accessories provided by my great love- Ralph Lauren

More Ralph Lauren stories HERE | Last year’s holiday party HERE

much love to my dear friends Kelly, Zach, IvoErin & Bunny.

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10 Fav Looks: Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren's Spring / Summer 2015 collection Ralph Lauren always takes us on a journey, be it the rolling green estate of an English manor, the perfectly fitted and delicately embellished world of Jay Gatsby or lost on the shining streets of Paris at night. This season we find ourselves embarking on the greatest journey of all- Safari. With a slight military embellishment and topped off with colorful crystals that take my mind deep into wilds of India, Ralph Lauren takes on trekking in the chicest way possible. The closing dress to the show gave me goosebumps and a rush of a thousands visions of photographic moments: running through the tall grass on a vast savannah, riding on the back of an elephant enveloped in clouds of red dust or climbing on to a prop plane under a setting sun in the most ‘Out of Africa‘ romantic way possible…

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VITA!

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After we wrapped our Hamptons Magazine shoot, we decided to play around on digital and on film with our model muse Vita Sidorkina. There are whispers in the industry that she is the next “it” girl, and it says a lot that she just signed a contact with Victoria Secret PINK. I’ve shot a lot of people through the years from models to artists to friends and business folk so I’ve felt the differences in front of the lens. I do my best to make the sitter feel comfortable, beautiful (or handsome), and safe, even if that means helping them pose down to their pinky toe to get a balanced and aesthetically pleasing shot for both yourself and them. However, sometimes you have someone who truly knows how to move in front of the camera. You start a dance and dialogue together both giving to create. Vita does that and as a photographer, it’s my favorite way to photograph someone. It feels like watching a flower bloom in high speed through your camera box.

This was my favorite shoot from summer: I love the simplicity, I love the styling Kelly did on Vita that she picked up from how some of the “cool” guys in the Hamptons had been wearing their sweaters in the chilly night air, and of course, I LOVE Ralph Lauren which is all she needs to wear out East…

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Backstage at Ralph Lauren

RalphLauren_Backstage_02 Shooting backstage is quite the interesting experience. I mostly try to stay out of the way of the photographers with their large flashes, cords and assistants who are always reaching for the models, calling them by name, fighting other photographers over space. Instead I look for quiet moments, beautiful moments, something in-between. I try to see what is intimate… a thought, a glance, a gaze. I always hope to see the beauty not only in the clothing, especially when you are talking about Ralph Lauren, but also the beauty in the person I’m photographing. This collection in its simplicity and understated color palette was a true look at luxury textiles and in confidence, which made it wonderfully amazing to study the collection up close and with more ease than in the brief shining moment we get on the runway.   RalphLauren_Backstage_03 RalphLauren_Backstage_04 RalphLauren_Backstage_05 RalphLauren_Backstage_06 RalphLauren_Backstage_07 RalphLauren_Backstage_08

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