Ever since Lallo took over at Gucci, its been a wild-ride, literally! From serpents to tigers to retro-feels to bugs and bling – you know what I’m talking about, right? One look at the words “BLIND FOR LOVE”, and I was sunk! I was blind for the collection, Love was in the air for sure, and It wasn’t blind, I’ll tell you that! Gucci Cruise 17, stole my heart and took it straight Home!
Now, we all know what a tightknit family the Vimadalals and the Contractors are, and who better to tell a story with that my three favorite people?! I picked up the phone and the rest is history, clearly! – We decided we’d go to Baroda, into my grandfather’s farm lands and truly bring out the Gucci experience that the collection so boldly portrayed! And so, mails were sent: references, mood boards, dates, the work – mails exchanged and poof, we were shooting a story in the middle of okra and paddy fields and trying to save ourselves from the million wild monkeys around and one buffalo (Prayag’s BFF)!
Let me take you back to the beginning of the day. We got to the farm around noon, when the light was just right, and started walking towards the first spot – giant monkeys on trees in the distance, and we’re closing in on them – oh, the terror! But, the monkeys weren’t the problem (just yet). Mamma buffalo and baby buffalo were happily having their fodder when all of a sudden mamma tries to charge at us all, and Prayag decides that was only for him, and fears her the rest of the day! We get to monkey territory and now is when I’m all scared thinking “I have to climb this tree, and what if they all come charging at me while I’m up there?” Hahaha, I tell you, it was scary that day, but so funny right now as I write this!
We spent the afternoon and evening taking beautiful pictures to tell our story. Porus was all about his lighting and my sister Hyaa and Prayag played light boys and held up gel papers and we found puppies, and it was PERFECT FAMILY TIME!
The reason we chose to do it in an open field was because when we saw the collection, it was all so light and airy and nostalgic. The fact that we were shooting in our hometown has given even more meaning to the essence of Gucci Cruise 17, because the entire collection speaks of oneness and beauty all around us, and what better place than in the open spaces of your Home, and where you come from? Never forget who you are, and never forget where you come from!
Oh, did I mention WE FOUND PUPPIES?!!? 😀
Photography: Porus Vimadalal Styling: Prayag Menon-Vimadalal Assisted by: Hyaa Contractor
Bhaili, Baroda, Gujrat
January 23, 2017