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.