NIKHIL: I spotted the Panorama House on ArchDaily a few months ago and knew it would be agreat location to shoot. Burman and I loved the idea of following Lakshmi around the house so in terms of style it feels less posey than a fashion shoot.
BURMAN: I've wanted to shoot Lakshmi ever since I started taking photographs 15 years ago. The experience of it was similar to a pilgrimage or visiting a shrine. Her movements, in the first light of the morning and later at the magic hour before sunset, were effortless. Instead of a professional camera, I used a tiny toy amateur Leica which sort of stayed with her like a shadow or another person in the room.
"Every time I collaborate with Le Mill, I feel like I'm getting my core massaged. These are the best clothes in the country, and I get to deal with sensibilities where I learn. Cecilia's taste is phenomenal and exploring it, I come out enriched."
NIKHIL: In terms of styling we kept it very instinctive - we went with what felt right on Lakshmi and took cues from her own personal style. She is the ultimate model, muse and collaborator.
"There are lots of different ideas and summer trends here. Peter Pilotto’s bare shoulder look represents Spring’s new erogenous zone – the décolletage.”
We added a 90’s-style choker with a Gem Palace pendant to a pretty mint McQueen dress. It gave the look a hard edge, and Lakshmi liked it so much she kept it. The image of Lakshmi wearing a Mary Katrantzou printed chiffon dress with billowy sleeves is my favourite and we shot it in the swimming pool!
Thank you Burman and Nikhil - our go-team every season.
We love your work!