Never Say Anja Rubik Doesn't Have a Sense of Humor

Proving that models can too have a sense of humor, Anja Rubik stars in this intentionally low-tech music video for Mister D, the alter ego of Polish author Dorota Masłowska. Anja took time out from a busy schedule of glamour-posing for the likes of Vogue Paris, Chloé and Fendi to play a kind of trashy glitter princess, gallivanting around a dismal cityscape in a diamante tiara, a denim mini-skirt and fishnets.

It's unclear what exactly is happening in the Polish-speaking video, other than presenting a dystopian vision typical of Dorota Masłowska's cynical outlook. She first gained notoriety in 2005 with her first book, Snow White and Russian Red, controversial for its bleak and vulgar portrayal of Polish life. It has since been translated into all the major languages. Masłowska now lives in Berlin and makes post-punk music, still with a sardonic socio-political bent. Her latest album is called Society Is Mean.

Mar 25, 2014 18:31:00

Delfina Delettrez's Buggy New Video with PES

Delfina Delettrez, an Italian jewelry designer with a surrealist slant, has a new collection out in collaboration with Yoox. Called Frozen Garden, it's comprised of two things — flowers and creepy crawlers of the cute sort, à la caterpillars and grasshoppers — rendered as gold rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

This video, created by PES — the Oscar-nominated (Fresh Guacamole) stop-motion animator — depicts a strange world bringing all of those things together...

Feb 25, 2014 22:32:00

Think You Know Elsa Schiaparelli?

Test your knowledge with this cheeky short video — created by filmmaker Christian Borstlap with creative agency The Ambassadors — showing the couturière's famous firsts, from the use of trompe l'oeil to her collaboration with Salvador Dali. Most of her designs and actions were, of course, intended to be "shocking" — a word that, with an exclamation mark at the end, became the name of her best-selling fragrance, launched in 1937. Nowadays the revived label is directed by Marco Zanini, whose first couture collection last month stayed true to Schiap's surrealist tendencies. The future looks...pink.

Feb 12, 2014 18:34:00

Steven Meisel Unveils Fashion Films for Prada and Lanvin

No fewer than three designer fashion films dropped today (Alexander McQueen, Prada, Lanvin). These video add-ons to the respective print campaigns surely mean there's more to online video than porn.

Steven Meisel is the man behind not one, but two of the films. For Prada, he shot the same group of girls (including Cindy Bruna) as the print campaign. Except that, where they're aloof in print, for the film component, they goof around, giggle, dodge a ball from an off-screen opponent, throw popcorn, and wear old-school 3-D glasses...

For Lanvin, Meisel leaned more cerebral, icy, and slightly camp. His male and female models eye each other from across a room with intense curiosity while voiceovers deliver sexually suggestive, baking-related lines: "It has a glossy texture, rich and smooth," "I think it is one of the most exceptional things I've ever tried," and "I love the way it smells as it rises"...

Jan 27, 2014 19:59:00
Alexander McQueen, spring 2014, photo Steven Klein

Kate Moss Goes Dark in Alexander McQueen's New Fashion Film

No fewer than three designer fashion films dropped today (Alexander McQueen, Prada, Lanvin). These video add-ons to the respective print campaigns surely mean there's more to online video than porn.

For Alexander McQueen's exotic, voodoo-evocative spring collection, Steven Klein created a highly moody four-minute film that explores the darker recesses of carnal desire and takes its visual cues from the 1960 thriller Peeping Tom. Mirroring the print campaign, Kate Moss dons a black leather bodice and skirt, as well as bright yellow hair, and captures the interest of an unknown man who's been filming her from afar. No words are exchanged — remember, moody — as she leads him to a derelict room above a junk shop, at which point church bells chime and things get pretty Dickensian.

The collection itself, by Sarah Burton, draws from primitive shapes, graphic forms, and bold color. Kilts, leggings, biker jackets, and tunics feature prominently, while aged metal embellishment, heavy bracelets, feather embroidery, and beading are suggestive of found objects — the kind that can be procured from, say, a junk shop.

Jan 27, 2014 17:08:00

You Have to See Lana Del Rey's Epic Short Film to Believe It

Lana Del Rey continues to position herself a tragic personage in American pop culture. A golden-lit Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne (and Jesus!) figure prominently in her latest endeavor, Tropico, a 24-minute short film (not counting credits) encompassing several new songs (Body Electric, Gods and Monsters, Bel-Air). Directed by music-video veteran Anthony Mandler (Rihanna, Drake, Mary J. Blige), the epic video depicts the singer in guises ranging from Eve (as in Garden of Eden) to a latter-day stripper.

The film was screened last night in Los angeles, introduced by Lana Del Rey, who said: "I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record, Ultraviolence." This and other allusions to quitting the business, like tweeting about a "farewell project," has spelled high anticipation for Tropico. It isn't at all certain if expectations will be met (it's pretty insane), but thank goodness someone is going out on a limb.

Dec 09, 2013 09:26:00

Here's the (Very NSFW) Official Trailer for Nymphomaniac

Appropriately, Lars von Trier has been such a tease with his upcoming art-porn flick, Nymphomaniac, releasing clips here and there. Now, released today, comes the official trailer, probably the most explicit glimpse yet. A subliminal flash of shaved beaver within the first couple of seconds is followed by snippets of the star-studded cast — Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe — getting into some very sticky situations as they work out their sex addiction. If Antichrist made you feel awkward, and if Melancholia made you bored, just wait.

A U.S. release date is still unknown, but the film will debut in the director's native Denmark on Christmas, of course.

Nov 22, 2013 11:47:00

Karl Lagerfeld Is Coming to America with Another Chanel Biopic

Karl Lagerfeld is hardly giving up on filmmaking. In fact, his Chanel mini-biopics are getting longer and he's now shooting in color. Here's a teaser for The Return, his directorial account of Coco Chanel's last great comeback, in the 1950s. She was 71 and drawn out of semi-retirement by her loathing of Christian Dior's ultra-feminine New Look.

The teaser shows Rupert Everett, who plays an American journalist, praising the actress Géraldine Chaplin in the role of Chanel. Others in Mademoiselle's orbit at the time are, as usual, played by a motley mix of models and muses in Lagerfeld's own orbit. Lady Amanda Harlech takes on Bettina Ballard, fashion editor of American Vogue; model Heidi Mount portrays Marlene Dietrich; and hair stylist Sam McKnight is Chanel’s butler, Francois.

The full 30-minute film will be shown at the designer's Métiers d’Art collection in Dallas, Texas, on December 10 and on Chanel.com.

Nov 19, 2013 21:31:00

Watch the Trailer for Another YSL Biopic

No less than two films about Yves Saint Laurent are in the works. Both of them have a 2014 release date and both of them are, of course, French productions.

We've been reporting about the first, Saint Laurent (premiering May 2014, possibly at Cannes), starring the sizzling model-actor Gaspard Ulliel as the couturier and Willem Dafoe in the role of Andy Warhol.

Now comes the trailer for the second, Yves Saint Laurent (January 2014), with French actor Pierre Niney in the title role. Beginning in 1957, the year YSL was tapped to take over the house of Christian Dior, at just 21, the biopic follows traces his spectacular career, as well as his tumultuous relationship with Pierre Bergé. We also see a recreation of that nudie he did in 1971 for his first men's fragrance, Pour Homme.

Nov 05, 2013 12:25:00

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