We delve into the Slim Aarons archives and daydream of luxury

As the end of the year approaches and we prepare for the holiday season, what better way to get inspired than to explore the lavish world of Slim Aarons’ Photography. He seduced us with the opulence of vacationing with the rich and famous. Whether it be along the shores of the Italian Coast, the luxury of Cannes or the bright lights of Hollywood, Aaron’s gave us a sneak peek into ‘how the other half lived’. And oh how they lived.

While we scroll through the images and sigh at the mere thought of experiencing such decadence, we have to acknowledge the setting. Spectacular scenery, fashion to die for, champagne in crystal glassware – set against the unmistakable architecture of the modernist era. This truly was the definition of cool. The modernist period was so ahead of its time thanks to the forward thinking and innovation of its designers. Excuse us while we drool over the wire sun-loungers, flat roof houses and clean lines.

After viewing just a snapshot of Aarons’ work in some of the most glamorous destinations, we found ourselves looking off into the distance and daydreaming of how we would spend our time in a place we’d rather be.

1 Viscountess Harriet de Rosiere at Mougins, near Cannes in France.
2 A woman watching a poolside fashion show at the Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida, 1961.
3 Rita Aarons, wife of photographer Slim Aarons, on a lilo in a swimming pool decorated for Christmas, Hollywood, 1954.
4 Two bikini-clad holidaymakers enjoy a glass of wine outside the Carlton Hotel, Cannes.
5 Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
6 American writer C.Z. Guest (Mrs F.C. Winston Guest, 1920 – 2003) and her son Alexander on the ocean front estate, Villa Artemis, Palm Beach.
7 Young women by the Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, July 1961.
8 A desert house in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar Kaufman.

Images sourced from NY Mag and Agnostica.