VIDEO: Take a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion shoot at L’Horizon Resort and Spa in Palm Springs.
Fashion Shoot Notebook
Photographer Jiro Schneider was riding his Yamaha Dual Sport in April when he was hit by a truck only a couple blocks from his house. His leg was broken. Though he was out of a cast at the time of the shoot, he had a pin in his knee and was wielding his camera as well as crutches.
The crew was international. Stylist Jules Moore is from New Zealand, while models Juri Bavaresco and Houda Shretah are from Milan and Syria, respectively. Photographer Schneider is the most exotic of all. He hails from the town of Phelan, a high-desert town of 14,000 between Palmdale and Victorville.
L’Horizon Resort and Spa Palm Springs was built in 1952 by Desert Modern architect William F. Cody as a retreat for Hollywood producer Jack Wrather, who produced Lassie for Warner Bros. and whose wife, Bonita Granville, was a well-known actress. Though it looks like a hotel, it was originally built as a compound, and all the midcentury guesthouses were quarters for the Wrathers’ frequent visitors. After Wrather sold it, it did become the Horizon Hotel, though since its acquisition last year by Steve Hermann Hotels, the property has been rechristened L’Horizon Resort and Spa Palm Springs.
Los Angeles-based interior designer Steve Hermann, known for his luxury aesthetic, purchased the hotel and spent two years and $5 million on the renovation. The meticulous refit enabled L’Horizon Resort and Spa to be accepted into the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) collection — the only one in the area with this honor.
The restaurant, SO.PA, is also setting new standards in Palm Springs. Hermann hired Michelin-starred chef and El Bulli alum Giacomo Pettinari as the executive chef. The menu will incorporate creative Mediterranean dishes and California classics.
Among the many amenities supplied to guests of the hotel are the superb coffee table books. Here are a few titles found in the two-bedroom suite where the crew was working: I Am Dandy (Gestaltan), Case Study Houses: The Complete CSH Program (Taschen), a collection of icons of midcentury modernism, and a two-volume set of 100 Getaways Around the World (Taschen).
With the afternoon temperatures expected to reach over 110 degrees, it was necessary to get the shoot started at 5:30 a.m. When the heat peaked at 3 p.m., the crew broke for a well-needed siesta.
For the morning shots featuring our fashionable, European-looking couple, Desert European Motorcars supplied two 2015 McLaren 650S Spiders. One in orange and the other in white. Approximate retail value: $340,000.
Photo Assistants: Matt Dunston, Tim Douglas; Production Assistant: Levi Elliott; Styling Assistants: Madeline Ewles, Julissa Perez; Hair assistant: Giancarlo Tenebruso
Etro Printed Ombré Matelassé Jacket, $1,875; Gucci silk scarf, price upon request; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert; Shoes, stylist’s own.
Denim 5 Pocket Jeans by DL 1961, $175; Presage, Palm Desert; ‘Lucas’ Linen Shirt by Hugo Boss, $165; Regal Slip on Shoe by Salvatore Ferragamo, $540; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert.
Silk Tribal Blouse by Etro, $870; DL 1961 Denim Emma Dove Leggings by DL 1961, $195; Presage, Palm Desert; Suede Boots by Gucci, $1,175; Gucci, Palm Desert; Nuede Suede Jacket by Burberry, $3,995; Burberry, Palm Desert; Leather Weekend Bag $450; Highest Form, Palm Springs.
White Boxy Tee $98; Highest Form, Palms Springs.
ON HER: Sleeveless knit tennis dress by Barbara Bui, $845; silk Animalia scarf by Peilini, $200. ON HIM: Linen and cotton striped shorts by Pal Zileri, $245; panama hat, Armani Collezioni, $325; Pesage, Palm Desert; tailored knit T-shirt, $105; Highest Form, Palm Springs.
White Satin Silk Sleeveless Blouse by Blumarine, $950; Pollini Pink Silk Pleating Scarf by Pollini, $280; Presage, Palm Desert; Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust, price upon request; Leeds & Sons Fine Jewelers, Palm Desert.
Kaftano Woven Blouse by Roberto Cavalli, $1,255; Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Desert.
“Pepe” boxer brief, $28; nenewear.com.
Maison de Papillon “Liz Silk Dress” and “Marilyn Silk Charmeuse”, price upon request; Presage, Palm Desert; Alasia Tibetan inspired pendent and ring, $4,180, $2,910, respectively; Como Italia rose gold and enamel ring, $6,500; diamond stud earrings, price upon request; JB Star Engagement Ring, price upon request; Leeds & Sons Jewelers, Palm Desert.