We knew from the outset we wanted to incorporate black and white into the shoot so we were looking at a style that would enable us to achieve this without appearing too hard. We wanted to use the natural light as much as possible, giving the tone a romantic, soft focus that was in keeping with the beautiful surroundings and equestrian theme.
British photographer John Pocock, who shot for this month's edition of Luxury, explains how he created the imagery. "It was my first time shooting at the Royal Stables in Abu Dhabi and I wanted to use the area's natural beauty and ambiance to the best effect. I played with the streams of natural sunlight coming through the trees to cast shadows on the models. The wardrobe has a timeless quality, so I also wanted to make sure that came across. What we ended up with is a relaxed yet cinematic aesthetic."
The inspiration came from Andrew Yee and Damian Foxe - we wanted a soft romantic look to go with our equestrian theme that echoed a Renaissance painterly feel.
Carolyn Gallyer, our chief hair and make up artist, explains how she got the look. "I kept the skin quite dewy using Nars Copacabana highlighter on the bridge of the nose and the top of the cheeks before adding Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush applied with a brush concentrating on the centre of the cheeks. For the eyes I used Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in #88, which is a gold cream eyeshadow, and applied it all over the lid before blending Mac eyeshadow in Coppering into the crease and under the eye, blending it well to diffuse any lines. I finished with the lips, using Mac's Spice It Up Lip Color and a deep cranberry shade that I applied with a lip brush before softening it with a cotton bud to appear like a lip stain."
WARDROBE:We wanted to create a more sombre austere aesthetic rather than the more traditional horsemanship wear. We used a predominantly black and white colour palette and added touches of leather harnessing and clever tailoring techniques from the Japanese designers such as Yohji Yamamoto that can be found at IF Boutique in Dubai.
With a special thanks to John Pocock and the Royal Stables.