Valentino foulard crepe de chine patchwork jumpsuit, Halleh Sphaera earrings, Ileana Makri double cat-eye ring, Gianvito Rossi sandal
Dolce & Gabbana silk embroidered cropped jacket, cotton dress shirt, silk embroidered culotte, gold chain pendant necklace, earrings, patent-leather T-strap pumps with black lace stockings, Nancey Chapman diamond and black Spinel ring
Valentino foulard blossom suede intarsia short sleeveless dress, Stephen Webster coral-and-sapphires ring
Dolce & Gabanna black T-strap pump with embellished heel
Dolce & Gabbana silk embroidered cropped jacket, cotton dress shirt, silk embroidered culotte, gold chain pendant necklace, earrings, patent-leather T-strap pump with black lace stockings, Nancey Chapman diamond and black spinel ring
Christian Dior printed silk faille dress, Stephen Webster thorn earrings, Maison Margiela chunky heel sandal
Viva la Vida! Or, as the expression made famous by Coldplay — and Frida Kahlo before that — goes, “Live Life!” On a purely intellectual level, this month we’re inspired by past and current exhibitions from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum in Dallas, which is celebrating the golden anniversary of its cache of extraordinary Spanish art. But on quite another level, our art director here at PaperCity, Michelle Aviña, is of Latin descent. And her fiery spirit keeps all of us inspired (and motivated!) at all times. I think she was the one who first brought a book on Spanish artist Francisco Goya into one of our edit meetings, and it snowballed from there. We called in looks from Dolce & Gabbana, Dior and Valentino to bring our Spanish dream to life. Then all that was left to do was to find the perfect location. Leave it to resident superstar photo editor and knower-of-all things Jenny Antill to find just the right spot (yet again). And sure enough, on a random Monday in Houston, at the home of Jim McAlister (an extraordinary tribute on its own to Spanish art and architecture), magic was made. Enjoy our behind-the-scenes moments and un-retouched outtakes from the shoot. And see the official cover and spread in the May issue — on stands May 1.