months of persistence, hundreds of phone calls, three photographer
changes, two postponements, negotiating, rescheduling and 12 days
in Los Angeles, I finally completed this month’s cover shoot with
Miss Nicky Hilton.
I arrived at the spacious Solar Studios in Glendale,
Calif. with two assistants, a car full of clothes, shoes, jewellery
and accessories, praying I wouldn’t get a third postponement. In
the industry I’m in, I’ve taught myself to expect the unexpected.
As my crew set up the clothes and steamed them,
I was prepping Nicky’s looks for the shoot.
Solar Studios (www.solarstudios.com)
is a facility that looks like a location with a ‘Soho feel’ and has the convenience and qualities of a stage or studio, making it
ideal for the shoot. On five lots, Solar’s Studio One, all 8,000
ft², is the largest daylight studio in the western United States.
While it can accommodate TV
commercials and film locations, we needed it for our still photography,
by none other than Richard
Reinsdorf. Richard is based in California but does work all
over the world. Right after our shoot, he was off on a Levi’s campaign.
His portfolio (www.richardreinsdorf.com)
features Sarah Jessica Parker and Leonardo di Caprio. Coincidentally,
he has a second shoot in this issue of Lucire.
Shortly after, along came Nicky Hilton in her
oversized sunglasses, and sweatsuit by none other than her own Chick
label, touting an empty bag of McDonald’s and a cup of OJ.
I offered her some Krispy Kreme doughnuts and she couldn’t resist.
Everyone loves them!
After that, I went ahead and briefed her on the
look for the shoot and showed her what she was going to be wearing.
When the make-up artist arrived, we immedately started hair and
make-up. Our photographer was last to arrive with his crew and set
up faster then Nicky could get dressed.
After working with many celebrities, I was apprehensive
about how Nicky was going to be to work with, so I was very surprised
at how sweet and humble she is. Being that she and her sister are
icons all over the world, I was assuming this was going to be a
To my surprise, Nicky was the sweetest celebrity
I have yet to meet. She is very open-minded when it comes to fashion,
which I fell in love with. Anything I wanted her to wear, she wore,
and made it look hot! We had a lot of fun trying on crowns
Thanks to Randy Olsen of Celebrity Events International
for the wonderful catering on this shoot: it was greatly needed.
The previous night, Nicky had returned from New York on a red-eye
and on top of that, she wasn’t feeling good at all.
Six looks and five hours later, we had an amazing
shoot. I commended Nicky on her determination and dedication to
finish the shoot. She is deﬁnitely a Lucire girl, a beautiful
person inside and out and a talented designer and businesswoman.
And the proof of the pudding is in the picture! Thanks again, Nicky,
for being our cover girl and a wonderful sport. •
Brad Batory is New York director of fashion
Hilton on the cover of Lucire. Left:
The original photograph. Below:
Nicky Hilton with Brad Batory of Indashio, fashion director at Lucire.
Bottom left: Nicky wears items
from her upcoming Chick by Nicky Hilton label.
our exclusive interview with Nicky Hilton, with even sexier
photos by Richard Reinsdorf, in a six-page feature in the
September 2005 issue of Lucire.
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Fashion director, Brad Batory
(represented by Winston West/
Hair by Robert Steinken/
Chick by Nicky Hilton
All gold and silver ring with pink stone by
Indashio Fine Jewelry
available at www.indashio.com;
Platinum necklaces and earrings by
available at www.karatplatinum.com
Limousine transportation by
Solar Studios, Glendale, Calif.