Springtime in Paris

By: Michael Matson

Paris-based Steeve Beckouet shot these breathtaking photographs for an Essential Homme editorial titled “Springtime Daydreams.” And French model Tarik Lakehal, with his sweet visage and dreamy disposition, conveys the season's promise in a manner as lovely as the freshly bloomed flowers sprinkled throughout the session. But it is Beekout’s stylistic approach—which recalls color portraiture of the late 1930s and early 1940s, and compliments Lakehal’s timeless beauty—that ultimately makes this one of the best editorials we’ve seen all year.

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