When: July 28
Where: Milk Studios, Los Angeles
Forget Kerry Washington. The unofficial star of our cover shoot was Josie, her shorkie (a Shih Tzu–Yorkshire terrier cross). She sat in Washington’s pup-sized Chloé purse during the interview, then lolled in stylist Erin Walsh’s arms as she ran through outfits. Once the shoot was underway, Josie—short for Josephine Baker— kept sneaking into the frame and cracking up her owner. The actress was as boisterous and friendly as her canine companion, not to mention as loyal: There were many familiar faces on set, like makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, with whom Kerry joked she was planning on doing something special for their upcoming 10-year anniversary, and Walsh, her go-to personal stylist (who also styled the Diane Kruger and Amber Heard FLARE covers for us this year).
Kerry loved the softness of the pieces we chose, which she felt were a departure from her usual style (the petite actress showed up in red wedge sneakers and skinny jeans), and powered through the day with green juice—her secret weapon on the set of Scandal—without complaining once, despite frigid temperatures in the massive hangar set. (No matter—she had Josie to keep her warm.)
ON THE COVER: Kerry Washington wears a Miu Miu coat and scarf, Falke stockings, a Sydney Evan ring and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Photography: Ruven Afanador, Trish South Management. Styling: Erin Walsh, The Wall Group. Hair: Marcus Francis, StarworksArtists.com. Makeup: Carola Gonzalez, The Magnet Agency. Nails: Lisa Wong. Props: Ron Zakhar.
Video by Eaglevision