We went behind the scenes at our exclusive fashion feature on Ralph Lauren’s Double RL label for issue 10 at 33 Portland Place
DOP Myles Mcauliffe
Editor Jack Williams
Grade James Willet
Creative Director Anthony Austin
Fashion Director David St John James
Make-up Dele Olo
Casting Eddy Martin for File and Parade
Set Design Leila Latchin
Hair Assistant Nick Franklin
Make-up assistant Gemma Lucy Alborne
To celebrate Double RL’s 20th anniversary, Ralph Lauren himself sidestepped the longstanding editorial ban on the heritage line and collaborated with Port on a special project. As the wing of the fashion empire closest to Ralph Lauren’s heart, Double RL embodies the designer’s affection for the American West with its plaid wools, broadcloth, chalk stripes and tweeds.
“I wanted the shoot to exemplify the spirit of Double RL, but with a slightly more European perspective”, explains Port’s fashion director, David St John James. Shot on location at 33 Portland Place – a Georgian property in Marylebone, famously the setting of King George VI’s elocution lessons in The King’s Speech – the location was perfect for this. “Grand without being polished” David notes, “it really brought the textures and the colours of the collection together”.
With casting from Port’s casting director, Eddy Martin for File and Parade, the shoot features models that “are masculine, yet elegant, reflecting the down-to-earth nature of Double RL”. Referencing the past whilst showcasing the contemporary, this behind the scenes film is a mise-en-scène capturing the making of this.