‘Somewhere In Time’
FOR TUSK NYC
‘SOMEWHERE IN TIME’ IS A FILM WHERE AN ANCIENT COIN HAS TIME-TRAVEL POWERS. FOR OUR FASHION STORY, IT IS THE TUSK BAG THAT HAS MAGICAL POWERS. TUSK WILL LEAD HER TO HIM.
ESSEX HOUSE, NYC
It was destiny that brought me to the Essex House near Central Park. As I stood by the main entrance, I kept thinking is this real – I was seeing and feeling as if I was in a different era and it was absolutely spectacular! With lots of luck, I pitched my vision to the rep. for the Hotel’s PR firm, Mark Ricci, who instantly knew of the film and was intrigued. His enthusiasm led the Essex House to fully accommodate my team, providing us all-access to photograph our story.
Richard Matheson’s science fiction novel Bid Time Return, was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Set in a hotel with immense ‘history’, there is a haunting score and soundtrack. Gracileia plays the Christopher Reeve character where he finds Seymour’s portrait and is convinced he must travel back in time to meet her. For our story, we have Gracileia travel back in time with her TUSK bag.
Fabulously styled by Kelly Brown with designs by Alvin Valley, “Monique’s images are truly stunning,” noted Tusk founder, Hiten Manseta. “She has a wonderful eye for light and finding the perfect composition for the shot. Monique and her entire team did a beautiful job capturing the organic lines and attention to detail.”
‘Home Sweet Home’
My visit to New York felt like coming ‘home’. In this new series for TUSK, I brought the bags with me on long walks. This was where I re-discovered the city’s charm and why I missed the Big Apple so much. It was the most gorgeous day ever. Later that evening, I placed the Tusk bag around the apartment, like one would when a person comes home.