Pirelli has released some preview images, and a video going behind the scenes of the shoot, with the calendar itself due to be released in November.
The preview shots for the calendar – which marks its 50th anniversary in 2014 – has a more subtle sexuality than in some previous editions, with the models clad in white shirts and black sweaters. The teasers were created by 'Cal' alumni Shot photopgrahers Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindbergh in New York, but the photographer for the real calendar shots is yet to be revealed.
Last year's calendar was shot by Steve McCurry – famed for the 1985 National Geographic cover of a green-eyed Afghan girl -- who shot the 2013 Pirelli Calendar in Brazil with the models all fully clothed. The calendar featured Karlie Kloss, Summer Rayne, Isabeli Fontana, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Liya Kibede, Kyleigh Kuhn and a heavily pregnant Adriana Lima, all chosen because of their high-profile involvement with charities.
The previous year saw fashion photographer Mario Tesstino shoot a line-up that included Kate Moss, with nudity strongly featured in the 2012 edition. Other notable photographers who have created previous calendars include the star designer Karl Lagerfeld – the maestro of the Chanel fashion house – who produced a striking series of monochrome images based on the gods of Olympus for the 2011 Pirelli Calendar.
Australian model superstars Kerr, Catherine McNeil and Abbey Lee Kershaw were among the eleven in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar, shot by Terry Richardson, the outrageous American fashion photographer whose images are often sexually provocative and can border on the graphic.
Renowned wildlife photographer Stephen Beard and his wife shot and produced the 2009 Pirelli Calendar, which featured supermodels with rare animals -- and strange insects -- in somewhat dangerous poses in Africa.