What do you get when you introduce an aspirational model and a resplendent horse and pose them together on the white sands of Zuma beach in Malibu? A bit of magic, and the MaxStudio Spring/Summer campaign. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Katia Elizarova is the star of this show; her co-star is a Hollywood horse and the star of The Chronicles of Narnia and Water for Elephants. “It can be tricky sometimes” to work with animals, chuckles Katia fresh from the campaign shoot, “but this beats the time I had to kiss a goose for a British cover-shoot or when I had to eat the same cookie as a pug when I fronted a Japanese campaign.” For her it’s the clothes that are key: “I can tell you there is one special dress that loves me as much as I love it. I wore it when we filmed the video for the spring collection and again in the ad campaign.” She’s talking about the pale grey dress, seen in this campaign being blown by the Californian wind. “It moves fluidly when worn, making me feel truly like an angel and a spectre all at once,” the model muses. And it doesn’t get much better than that. Will she be staying in touch with her campaign partner? “He was the star,” she sighs, “We nailed those shots with our dance moves on the beach.” And it takes two to tango.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen