Having been quite smitten with his bold photographs posted on Instagram, I’ve managed to become “Insta-friends” with the brilliant Mexico City based photographer Alvaro Nates.
I was desperate to work with him and jokingly wrote him asking when he was going to put his “big fat lens on me.” Well, providence was smiling, and miracle of miracles, Nates had already scheduled a trip to New York City! As you might have surmised by now, he also joined us here on WIJW for a spectacular photo shoot!
Nates was born in Columbia and as a child he tells us he had aspirations to become a clown – I am happy to say that despite never becoming one, his humor is well intact—he exudes such warmth, energy and infectiously charming playfulness!
Nates’ sister was quite the “it” girl on TV and a young handsome Alvaro was quickly discovered while accompanying her on casting calls. He had a long stretch as a successful model. On his travels he became increasingly interested in the view from behind the camera, and a Poloroid camera he happened upon became a new vehicle for the sort of creative expression Nates yearned for. Fast forward—working for NatGeo, Nates continued his travels, meeting amazing people and perfecting his art. Portrait photography, drawing, and videography are all now a part of his artistic quiver.
While in New York City, Nates and I came up with the concept of playing “Tom Ford” by referencing a makeover segment Ford recently produced. I dressed our friend, Nates, in Tom Ford and we set about creating a WIJW photo drama. It not only captures Nates’ professional eye, I think, but demonstrates a good deal of technical prowess, since many of these are pairs of individual shots seamlessly spliced together.
Fortunately we were the exact size so all my clothes fit my friend quite exquisitely.
Nates and I had the most divine time together playing dress up, and we celebrated our production with martinis followed by oysters and champagne at Wild Edibles followed by burgers and more martinis at Blue Smoke—needless to say, we had quite an evening!
I dressed Nates in a Tom Ford green tweed windowpane suit, plaid cotton shirt in browns and purple, purple wool knit tie, brown and purple polka dot silk pocket square. I’m wearing a Tom Ford amethyst wool tri-color window pane “Country Jacket,” lavender and white striped cotton shirt, brown wool knit tie, brown and ivory glen plaid silk pocket square, brown corduroy pants, brown leather belt with rose gold buckle and brown suede and crocodile cap toe shoes, antique moon stone cuff links and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.