Mario Balotelli out and about in Ardwick Green

This recent spread of images shot by Dylan Don for Vogue L’uomo was produced by our very own fashion production manager Claire Smith. Working to an incredibly tight deadline, she worked directly with Don to get the right crew together on the day, found the perfect location and even organised a Aston Martin DB6 for the Manchester City star to play with.

Part of a three-cover January edition of the Italian version of Vogue’s international men’s magazine featuring Lady Gaga and Michael Fassbender, the cover shot and feature images inside were all shot in and around our very own complex of design and photographic studios in Manchester’s historic Ardwick Green.

Our favourite shots include the Premier League star walking the yellow line in the Photolink carpark (now holy ground for resident Blues) and looking pensive outside our local café The Uppercrust. We’d pull out a favourite quote but our Italian’s a bit rusty.

Balotelli’s main sponsor Nike were there for the shoot (check out the footwear) and they shot this behind the scenes video which will give you a taste of how the imagery came together on the day.

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