This past weekend I returned home from a busy month filled with travel. Waiting for me on the kitchen table upon my arrival was the November J.Crew style guide with Christopher and Coco on the cover! I just couldn’t believe it. I knew they’d be in it, and that most of the pictures had been shot at the farm, but on the cover? Holy shit.
Here’s how it happened: Last June, Jenna Lyons – who is my friend as well as J. Crew president and creative director – wrote to me saying how much she loved my instagrams of life on our farm, and she wanted to know if J.Crew could shoot their autumn catalogue here. There would be lots of models, and she also hoped to casually include my family and me in a few shots. Sounded good to me. But then I got the dates. Zach and I would be in New York – I had a week full of publisher’s meetings lined up in the hope of selling my book, and Zach was signed up for camp. He had been looking forward to this time in our home city for months. I thought for just a minute and then decided I wouldn’t torture either one of us with a tough decision. We had made a commitment. We were going. I couldn’t imagine asking Zach to stay home for a photo shoot. So off we went. And what a time we had.
But then the catalogue arrived and Zach saw Christopher and Coco on the cover and inside the book. “Hey how come we’re not in it?” he asked. When I explained that it was shot during our week in New York he said, “Oh yeah.” And went on his way. But he has asked me about it many more times. I guess he has to keep reminding himself how he missed out on this moment of glory.
In any case, I was so happy and proud to see the farm in J.Crew. Christopher and Coco look so at home, and as usual Ginger managed to make her way into the pages. But in my mind the real stars of the shoot were the horses – Polo, Megan and Murphy – our beloved farm family members. Which brings me to a very sad note. Murphy, the cob that Coco is riding on the cover, died yesterday. In retrospect, I am so glad we cleaned him up and brushed his hair so beautifully for a glamorous fashion send off as a cover model. He so deserved it. When my tears dry up I will tell you more about him.
|What other horse would just stand in an open field like that without running off. None that I know, other than Polo. By the way, did you know that a horse that is white in colour is always called a “grey” even if he is stark-white like Polo.|
|An old Land Rover and a Subaru Forester are pretty much the cars that all farm owners have around here.|
|This picture slayed Zach! He was so upset to be replaced by a model in his absence, especially in a pic with his Daddy.|
|This is my favourite fashion pic from the style guide. I love her look. And I love seeing Polo’s well-worn saddle.|
|This picture didn’t make it into the style guide, but of course it is my favourite. Jenna sent it to me in a beautiful vintage silver and glass frame as a gift. As if everything else wasn’t enough. Love that girl.|