The May/June edition of Haute Living Los Angeles is now online.
The legendary Quincy Jones graces the cover of the magazine, and the cover profile discusses his journey from the baddest neighborhood in Chicago to his current home in Bel Air, which is filled with artifacts he collected along the way, including 27 Grammys. The striking photography is courtesy of noted director Brett Ratner, who joined Haute Living Publisher Seth Semilof at Jones’ home in Bel Air. Ratner is old-school, and did the entire photo shoot on film as opposed to digital equipment. While we may have had to go through some extra steps to get the images onto the cover and into the magazine (not too many places scan negatives these days!), I think you will agree that it was worth the effort.
This was not the first time Ratner has flashed his lens for Haute Living. Ratner also conducted a cover shoot for Haute Living Miami in January/February 2008. The creative wunderkind also posed for his own cover feature in the July/August 2007 edition of Haute Living Miami.
Swiss watch company Audemars Piguet honored Jones’ legendary status this year by appointing him a brand ambassador and contributing $1 million to his philanthropic Quincy Jones Foundation. The generous spirit of Audemars Piguet is discussed in more detail in our One on One profile of CEO Francois-Henri Bennahmias.
While Jones’ career spans six decades and that of Swizz Beatz is just getting started, there are already parallels that can be drawn between the two: they both grew up in bad neighborhoods, music played a vital role in their redemption, and they both believe in the power of philanthropy. You can read more about Swizz’s journey, which is just warming up, here.
The issue also includes increased fashion coverage, courtesy of our new Editor of Fashion and Luxury Meredith Mulligan, who joined our team in April. She worked with the art department to revamp the Haute Necessities section with a high-end fashion twist, and the new design gives ample space to feature her choices for trendy staples for the summer season. She also added an Haute Jewelry piece, featuring luxe jewels inspired by nature and animals. It’s an entirely new look for Haute Living, so we’d love to hear your feedback. To talk fashion with Meredith, email her at [email protected], or to discuss the editorial content in general, I can be reached at [email protected]