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August 28 2014

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Decked Out

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The lure of skate culture drew Jude Law, Sean Avery, and Scott Lipps to denim shop 3×1 on Mercer Street to celebrate photographer Ben Watts’ (pictured, left) new project last night. Admittedly, the presence of topless models may have helped. Watts photographed Lake Bell, Chanel Iman, Jessica Hart, Behati Prinsloo, and Elsa Hosk—several of whom turned out for last night’s party—and emblazoned their undressed frames on limited-edition skateboard decks. “I don’t skate,” he admitted. “Well, maybe in the eighties. But I’ve always liked the tie-in with skate culture and sunny weather. My aesthetic has always been very much about summer.”

The deck designs, Watts said, were no-brainers: “It doesn’t take much imagination. The pose is always a winner.” And even though she’s a Victoria’s Secret regular, Prinsloo confessed she still was surprised to see herself immortalized in quite this way on a skateboard. “I’m practically naked and on a skateboard,” the model said at the celebratory dinner at Soho’s Jack’s Wife Freda. “I don’t think that’s ever not weird.” (Weird or not, her work was for a good cause—all proceeds went to the charities of the models’ choosing.) Asked for any tips for aspiring models, she demurred. “I don’t know if there are any tips to being topless,” she said. “But it’s definitely about being comfortable with the photographer.”

Photos: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com

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