Behind the scenes with model Clément Chabernaud
Excerpts and outtakes from the pages of Esquire
For their fashion story “Waiting for the Sun” (starting on page 122), in March the Esquire team flew from London to Phnom Penh, in Cambodia. After two days’ shooting in the city, they headed out on the road for the five-hour drive to Siem Reap, close to the famous temples of Angkor, which are pictured on the cover of this issue. During the day in Phnom Penh, temperatures reached 38°C, making shooting in the sun close to impossible. Photographer Tom Craig (pictured in baseball cap) shoots only with natural light, so working hours were limited to dawn and dusk. Alarms were set for 4am, with call times scheduled only 15 minutes after that. Here, on one of those startlingly early Cambodian mornings, model Clément Chabernaud, wearing a Giorgio Armani suit, stands outside a Buddhist monastery close to the city’s riverfront. Despite the intense heat, and the fact he still hadn’t had his morning coffee, Chabernaud always kept his cool. So, for that matter, did the monks. But then they were even better dressed for the conditions.