Behind The Scenes: Los Angeles Magazine’s Sex Issue Cover Shoot

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When I was first asked to style the models for our sex issue cover shoot, I thought I had better sit down with deputy editor Nancy Miller to find out if this meant La Perla or Frederick’s of Hollywood. Luckily, the answer was neither. Miller, the mastermind behind our “Sex in L.A.” package (on newsstands now), had a pretty clear idea of what she wanted the October cover to convey. Like the steamy package itself, she wanted it to be “sexy, hot, and urban.” Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation at LACMA was the location for the shoot. I immediately pictured our female model Tana Elise McFarlane in a body-con dress with a soft motorcycle jacket and ankle boots. For Patrick Cain, our male model, I thought skinny jeans, a loose knit black sweater, a soft buttery leather baseball jacket, and leather boots. I pulled over a dozen different looks for each of them. After a lengthy fitting, we settled on an Herve Leger purple bangage dress with a Fifteen-Twenty metallic leather moto jacket, and Calleen Cordero peep-toe booties and leather cuff for Tana. And for Patrick, a pair of coated skinny jeans from the G-Star-Skrillex collaboration with an AllSaints black knitted hoodie, grey leather jacket, and boots did the trick. Ours wasn’t the only photoshoot taking place at the Urban Light installation—it must be the most photographed spot in town. Click through the slideshow above for a behind-the-scenes peek under the cover of our October issue.

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  1. Bianca

    November 1, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Hideous cover model…meaning Tana Elise McFarlane. She’s revolting looking and her personality is even worse. The magazine should’ve done a search on her before putting her on the cover. She’s been taking cash for sex via a tasteless website called “Established Men” where soulless tramps look for sugar daddies! I found out she was prostituting herself w/ my ex in June of 2013! I have the nude photos, videos, emails, and her vulgar texts to prove it. I also personally spoke with her then and she was beyond trashy. Ick! Shameless! I wish the LAPD would nail her…my ex already did!