Behind the Scenes: A Harper's Bazaar Photo Shoot

    I was extremely honored when the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, Glenda Bailey, asked me to be on the cover of the newly redesigned magazine. The whole experience was great, culminating in a very thoughtful interview with the wonderful novelist Justine Picardie who has written a definitive biography of Coco Chanel and a heart-wrenching account of the loss of her sister to cancer. Here's a look at the inner workings of a magazine photo shoot.

    The issue hits stands on the 14th, check it out.


    9 am - Call time: The crew and stylists arrive to set up cameras, clothes racks, etc.

    This is just one of many clothing racks, jam-packed with options.

    Lots of shoe options.

    Clutches, bags, purses...

    9:27 am - Arrive from the morning school run and go straight into hair and makeup.

    The looks for the shoot are all black and very dramatic, so Emma Lovell goes for it with the red lips.

    Marc Lopez complements the look with hair that could be from a
    film noir.

    10:15 am - The shoot begins.

    Andrew Richardson, the stylist for the shoot, told us a bit about his concept for the looks that were photographed: "We were going for that Helmut Newtonesque power woman quality in the look - graphic black pieces that highlighted Gwyneth's body, a little more sexy than we're used to seeing on her. She's a gorgeous woman who is confident in her body, and I think it's much sexier to see these looks on her, rather than a 19-year-old model. The concept was perfect for Terry Richardson, who's brilliant at capturing that type of provocative fantasy."

    1st shot

    I almost fit into this jumpsuit.

    I'm not used to this look so it takes a minute to not feel like a dork.

    I send a few emails during a break.

    On the other side of the set, the digital team reviews the images throughout the shoot.

    Two classic albums were played that day.

    Straight Outta Compton
    by N.W.A

    It Takes a Nation of Millions
    by Public Enemy

    11:20 am

    Another shot, this time in a very sexy Anthony Vaccarello.

    3:45 pm - Another shot toward the end of the day…

    One of the last ones is this incredible dress.

    Yet another round of hair and makeup before the last photos.

    4:15 pm - 8 dresses later, it's a wrap and we're all ready to go home. Check out the final shots here.

    The runway looks for some of the other dresses I wore.

    For a behind the scenes video of the whole
    shoot, click here

    I got an advance copy of Ali Wentworth's book Ali in Wonderland a month or two ago and it is one of the most hilarious reads I've enjoyed in a long time.

    Get the look.

    We've gone out and tracked down a few excellent alternatives that are in keeping with the theme.

    All Saints

    All Saints is always a good place to start if you're looking for something particularly goth and glam.

    Jumpsuit, $295
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    Leather dress, $247.50
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    Urban Outfitters

    Urban Outfitters has tons of options in the vamp department. Here are just three particularly good ones. Loving the cutouts!

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    Another good lookalike.

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    Some perfect platforms to go with any of these looks.

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    An ideal, super-sexy wedge from Court.

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    The goop collection