The production company has found an old Palace in the centre of Milan, in which I will shoot the portrait of Donatella Versace.
We arrive early, there is not much time and when she arrive s with all her people there will be even less.
We enter the Palace, they have emptied almost everything to make ready for a major renovation, bright squares stain the antique wallpaper where great pictures must have hung.
Ancient Bakelite electric sockets hang from walls.
It is so beautiful, room after room magnificent, huge 20 feet ceilings, gold mouldings and mirrors everywhere.
Summer 2013, Paris.
We wait in the Grand Palais for Karl Lagerfeld.
We have lit one of the great marble staircases for his portrait.
All is ready.
Then there is a commotion and he appears behind us with his bodyguard?
He has been driven inside the Palais itself, his Rolls Royce now sits alone in the enormous space.
He smiles warmly and greets every single person.
Simon Procter, Paris, September 2013
Simon Procter new portraits of Lagerfeld, Versace, Elbaz, Dolce & Gabbana with the artist Berndnault Smilde for Harpers bazaar US.
Karl Lagerfeld in the Grand Palais, Paris
Albar Elbaz in the Grand Hotel, Paris
Donatella Versace in the Palazzo Arese-Litta, milan
Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana in their private Library, milan.
produced by Octopix Paris & Emanuele Mascioni in Milan.
Studio Procter would like to give special thanks to;
Laura Brown at harpers
The artists Berndnaut Smilde and Annegret Kellner,
Paz Blasco of the grand hotel,
Neela, Alex and Ben producers.