Cre­ative Col­lab­o­ra­tion

Dou­glas Young’s artis­tic tal­ent, wacky ideas and ap­petite for fun en­sured our cover shoot was a mem­o­rable one

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

his may sound like a cliché, but I feel like roy­alty to­day,” Dou­glas Young said with a chuckle dur­ing our photo shoot. “I’m usu­ally on the other side of the lens, hav­ing to worry about com­po­si­tions and clash­ing colours, so it’s rather fab­u­lous to be able to sit back and let some­one else do all the hard work for me.” Dou­glas may have been the star of the show but we still put his artis­tic tal­ent to good use through­out the day, mak­ing him paint a glass prop with swirling pink and yel­low pat­terns for one shot, fash­ion a wall of Post-it notes for an­other, and cre­ate a paintsplat­tered pur­ple back­drop for a third.

He also helped fash­ion edi­tor Justine Lee with some of the styling. “Dou­glas was such fun to work with as he re­ally was up for any­thing,” Justine said. “Not a lot of cover stars are happy to cover them­selves in paint but Dou­glas cer­tainly was—i was more wor­ried about the clothes get­ting ru­ined than any­thing else but luck­ily he was very care­ful. I also re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated his thoughts on how to style the more ir­rev­er­ent G.O.D. pieces with the high­fash­ion clothes I’d sourced.”

But even cre­ative ge­niuses are en­ti­tled to a few min­utes of rest so, while we fin­ished our sushi lunch, Dou­glas nod­ded off in the cor­ner of the stu­dio. A triple espresso and a di­verse playlist that in­cluded songs by The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry and Phar­rell Wil­liams quickly brought him back to life and be­fore we knew it, our pho­tog­ra­pher was call­ing “It’s a wrap!” and we were clean­ing away piles of Pos­tit notes, brightly coloured pa­per and empty paint cans. “That was such fun,” said Dou­glas as we all said our good­byes out­side the stu­dio. “Can we do it all again to­mor­row?”

See the full story on page 214. “I’M USU­ALLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LENS, SO IT’S RATHER FAB­U­LOUS TO BE ABLE TO SIT BACK AND LET SOME­ONE ELSE DO ALL THE HARD WORK FOR ME”

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