Pirelli, as we all know, is a company famous for its…uh…its, um…tyres, yeah. Pirelli’s a famous tyre company. In fact it’s the…the fifth-largest…thing…for…
OK look, the fact is, Pirelli makes great tyres, but it’s really hard to focus on them when their annual calendar comes out, full of what might tastefully be termed exuberant celebrations of the female form.
In 2019, Pirelli’s 46th calendar has continued its recent trend away from bikini babes, toward classy high-end photography depicting beautiful women in stunningly artistic shots. Acclaimed fashion photographer Albert Watson assembled an all-star roster of subjects, including model Gigi Hadid, actor Julia Garner and dancer Misty Copeland, and other gorgeous people – both male and female – to appear in a series of tributes to Watson’s own love of film.
The effect is exquisite, mesmerising and evocative – and in its way, as sexy as the calendar has ever been, with moody film noir pastiche nestling alongside stylised forest scenes and painterly explorations of the contours of the human body. With supreme artistic skill, major celebrity wattage, and the kind of physical perfection we can only seethe with envy at, it’s quite a piece of work.
The bad news, of course, is that the Pirelli calendar is available only to select friends and clients of Pirelli, so you’ll have to either buy a hell of a lot of tyres or find a less alluring way to know the date this year.