A Dose of Magical Realism from Tom Corbett and Alexa
With Labor Day in the rear-view mirror, the summer is unofficially over. But for the purists, there are still a few weeks left and Tom Corbett is taking advantage of the extra time. After the runaway success of his cover story with Sofia Boutella on The New York Post’s fashion imprint Alexa, the publication decided to run another summer issue, this time focusing on couture. They brought Tom back for the cover story again.
Tom and his team headed into Long Island to Old Westbury Gardens where they used the expansive, well-manicured but often wild, grounds of the historic location as a contrasting backdrop to the luxurious fashion. That tension made for a project with a singular tone. “It is just this magical, ethereal place and we were trying to conjure that moment, in a way,” Tom explains. “It just happened because the clothes and the gardens were so beautiful.”
The entire story can be summed up in the cover image in a garden feature referred to as “The Temple of Love” that looks out over a pond from the cover of aged trees. “It was magical. We got there at just the right time, we scouted it and we had some inkling that the light might do that but it was beautifully backlit and to me, that was the perfect moment, we got very lucky,” Tom explains. “It draws it into this magical realism moment which is very interesting. It’s something that is realistic but magical at the same time.” The value of a season is how much we are able to submerge ourselves in the changing natural beauty around us, and Tom was able to harness the soul of the summer in a fashionable way that inspires the imagination.