Contributors: Picture Perfect

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Contributing fashion director Joseph DeAcetis produced the annual fall fashion section in this month’s issue. "We wanted to reflect the changing attitudes of American men today," says DeAcetis, who also oversees the men’s style content for Playboy magazine. "Men, more than American women, strive for comfort. Yet they are also more actively experimenting with colors, fabrics, and cut. Fifteen years ago that was considered taboo, but now that’s changing subtly."

 

Indeed, this issue’s fashion theme—workweek power suits and weekend casual wear—encompasses so many wardrobe options for the well-dressed man that it required not one but two striking backdrops: Washington, D.C., and Malibu, Calif.

"The shoot in [Malibu] proved to be somewhat challenging," notes the New York–based DeAcetis. "It was very hot that day—over 100 degrees. We had no shade, and we needed to steam and iron shirts. However, we did have access to one of Malibu’s most beautiful homes, and we were working with former Baywatch star Angelica Bridges. She posed precariously over the side of a cliff and ran up and down a hill in her heels so that we could get the right shot. She was a terrific sport."

Photographer David Drebin agrees. "We had great people and the perfect setting; it was like a good meal where everything comes together. With a good chef and the right spices, the end result can’t help but be delicious," he says. The Canadian-born Drebin, who now lives in New York but spends considerable time in hotels in California ("I like to photograph in Hollywood," he says, "but I love staying by the beach in Santa Monica"), is best known for creating images that tell tales of love. "They are stories about the reality of being together and the fantasy of being apart," says Drebin, whose book Love and Other Storiesdepicts beautiful, hip, and adventurous people in romantic settings. His work appears in galleries throughout the world, including an upcoming show at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.

For the workweek shoot, DeAcetis headed to Washington, D.C. "For this project, renowned photojournalist Harry Benson—who has photographed 10 American presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush—was a natural fit," DeAcetis says. While Embassy Row, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and the Capitol steps provided a strong architectural backdrop, the eighth-floor suite at the Hay-Adams hotel impressed Benson the most. "The view of the White House is incredibly dramatic," says the native Scot, who began his career in the United States in 1964, when he traveled with the Beatles to document their first American tour.

"Photographs should have plenty of life and energy," Benson says. But unfortunately, he adds, photography is sometimes serious business; he cites the day that he witnessed and documented the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, Benson remembered Kennedy in his book R.F.K. Over the past 44 years, Benson’s work has graced the pages of Life, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, among other publications. This issue showcases Benson’s first assignment with Robb Report.

CORRECTION: The July issue’s "Ultimate Villa Vacations" feature (page 89) should have listed Jet Aviation (201.288.8400, www?.jetaviation.com) as the transportation provider in the Los Angeles–to–Bali trip scenario.

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