Where do I even begin? Everything about this photoshoot, “Smooth Sailing” is absolutely perfect. I mean, when you’re featuring Joan Smalls, it’s pretty hard to mess things up. Just look at her! Hailing from Puerto Rico, Smalls is ranked the #1 model in the world by models.com since 2012.

She’s modeled for many brands including Gucci, Lacoste, Gap, H&M, Givenchy, Chanel, Fendi, Calvin Klein Jeans, David Yurman, Mercedes-Benz, Barneys New York, Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone, Versace, Hugo Boss, and Stella McCartney.

Think that’s a lot? Her international cover appearances list is even longer: Vogue (Australia, Italia, Japan, Turkey, Brazil, Korea and Russia), Elle (UK), GQ (South Africa, Mexico, Style UK), Harper’s Bazaar (UK, Brazil, Singapore, Bulgaria, Thailand) and many, many more. More recently, she began modeling for Victoria’s Secret in 2010 and was featuered in their fashion show in 2011 and 2012.

So what about the guy behind the camera, Patrick Demarchelier? Patrick’s start was modest, shooting photos for friends and weddings, but after he moved to New York everything changed. His freelance photography work earned him recognition from Elle and Marie Claire. Soon he began a 12 year collaboration with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and show international ads for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine, TAG, Chanel, Lacoste, Calvin Keiln and Ralph Lauren. He’s also shot covers for Rolling Stone, Glamour, Life, Newsweek, Elle and Mademoiselle.

Obviously, these two are a dynamite team. The aim of the photoshoot was to not only highlight the trend of black and white patterned print, but to expose St. Barth’s “through the lens of a local.” I’m not jealous or anything.

The beautiful blues and teals of the sea and sky along with the crisp lines of the sail boat both accent and draw attention to Smalls’ attire which is all black and white, but not oppressively contrasting to the eye. The photos have an ethereal beauty, and the lighting is so perfect it could be mistaken for studio lighting. Overall, the piece feels real, tells a story and is absolutely awe inspiring. Enjoy!

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Photos via, courtesy of Patrick Demarchelier. 

Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.