style file, role play rene

Designer update
Rene Role Plays

Photo: Tony Duran

With all that exposed flesh and heaving bosom on display, it would be totally permissible to miss the shoes in Brian Atwood’s new book, Role Play Rene. Blame it on subject-slash-model Rene Russo, whose smokin’ hot (and not just for a 55-year-old) bod is more than a little distracting when it comes to the Spring ‘09 Atwood footwear she wears throughout. Spanish model Jon Kortajarena adds to the already considerable eye-candy factor. Conceived by Atwood and photographer Tony Duran—who shot the steamy scenes chez Rene over the course of two days—the glossy tome was intended as more of an homage to Ms. Russo than a vehicle for accessories. To wit, rather than make the end result for sale, Atwood personally produced 1,000 copies of the book, which he’ll distribute to friends and fans. Atwood and Russo are celebrating the tome with two parties: a private dinner tomorrow in L.A. and a barn-bustin’ blowout in New York on Thursday. High heels are a no-brainer.
—Alison Baenen