Douglas Friedman at Home With Nate Berkus
August's issue of Harper's Bazaar contains a pair of at-home-with articles accompanied by Douglas Friedman's pictures – a coup for the photographer.
In "The Fashionable Life: Hollywood's Chicest Lair," Friedman toured interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's L.A. home, noting the alligator-cushioned Knoll Bertoia wire chairs and black-painted master bedroom. He has known the couple for years. "I think that the pressure is always greater when you're working with friends," Friedman said. "You really want the pictures to be the best they can possibly be. Nate and Jeremiah are so easy to work with – they're both so handsome, so charming, and so comfortable in front of the camera that it made for a great day."
Friedman's second set of images portrays "The Grandest Dame," socialite Denise Hale. "She is a legend and it was such a privilege," Friedman remarked. "I spent six days with her, at her home in San Francisco and at her [Sonoma County] ranch, and it was like pressing 'play' and having someone tell you her whole life story. She is an eccentric, beautiful character." In the text, Hale mentions, "My late husband, Prentis Cobb Hale, always said that when I come through the gates of the H E Ranch, I become a different person." Friedman captured that sentiment, shooting Hale in a Gianfranco Ferré gown at her Russian Hill apartment and in red wellies (plus white gloves and gold jewelry, for good measure) on her 8,000-acre retreat.
"The Fashionable Life"
Fashion editor: Jenny Ricker
Grooming: Lina Hanson for Lina Hanson Global Face Serum
Prop styling: Becket Cook
"The Grandest Dame"
Hair: Alex Chases for Alex Chases Salon
Makeup: Tahini Smith for Make Up For Ever