Tom Corbett Gets Festive with Somerset Collection
It’s that time of year again. It’s time to get glitzed up, button up your best formal wear, and get ready to celebrate the season. It’s the holidays and we’re ready, are you? Somerset Collection is ready with their bevy of brands and retailers that have the best offerings in the world. They invited Tom Corbett back again for his seventh year, and this year it’s better than ever. “I’ve done several seasons with them. We work together very closely,” explains Tom. “We try to push it every year to a new height, to a new place. And obviously, it gets harder and harder as you go on. It was really about trying to make it even better than the last one.” They did three different stories in five different locations, but the blockbuster was the story they stuck on the cover, inspired by the Met Gala.
Imagining this night out as “Fashion’s Starring Moment,” Tom and his team found amazing locations all over New York City to act as the backdrop for a truly luxurious and elegant evening. “We shot in three locations on three different days: the Gramercy Park Hotel, the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn which was amazing,” says Tom. “And also the streets of New York around TriBeCa which was pretty cool as well.” It’s New York City, so each location had its limitations but Tom figured out how to work within each of those confines to create a series of imagery that feels effortless.
Three different locations and a host of different brands means that there’s a ton of diversity throughout the breadth of the whole story. Tom had to include everything. So to make it all work he looked back to another era of fashion photography. “We took inspiration from the old stories from the 90s where they took pictures that you normally would think weren’t necessary together, but in terms of lighting, in terms of situation, they work together because they were the same kind of mood,” says Tom. “So I took that idea and brought it forward.” By keeping a keen on tone and mood, Tom was able to thread a connecting line through all the images and tell a complete story.