For our Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop Collection
we had the honour of working with leading fashion photographer Ben Watts
at Milk Studios on the campaign for the collaboration. Despite the shoot taking place on a rainy day in New York City, the shoot was packed with excitement and anticipation. Bringing his signature colour and vibrancy, Ben's campaign shoot with Candice Swanepoel expresses the energy of this design collaboration effortlessly. It was immediately apparent that Ben and Candice are used to working together - their shoots with Victorias Secret having taken place all over the world - and they are both masters of their craft. From the moment that Candice stepped out in front of Ben's camera, this photographic partnership came alive. The selection of party hip hop favourites - one of Bens mix tapes - kept everyone in the mood...
Behind the scenes of Candice Swanepoel and Ben Watts shooting for the Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop Collection
View from Milk Studios across a grey and rainy New York in Spring
A feast for kings (and crew!)
Ben just launched his "Wattsup Rio!" photo exhibition, in collaboration with GQ
, in honour of the 2014 World Cup at Milk Studios
in New York City.
About Ben Watts
Ben Watts, born in London, England in 1967 was a student at the Sydney college of arts from 1985 to 1990. He started his photgraphic career in Australia, first working as a photographer's assistant, but soon taking on commissions on his own, shooting for Australian Elle and Vogue, among others.
Fascinated by American hip hop culture he went to New York in 1990 and started documenting urban youth, hitting the streets and clubs of the city in an attempt to capture his subjects on film. He moved to New York in 1995, and his since shot advertising campaigns for Nike, Jockey, Polo Ralph Lauren, The Gap, Sony Music, Capitol/EMI, and Apple, to name a few. Watts is also a regular contributor to numerous magazines including New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Elle. His work has also been published in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, and Conde Nast Traveler, among others.