I mentioned the Wong Kar Wai x Shu Uemura collaboration before (here). Here is the gorgeous accompanying film directed by the man himself. Those eyelashes! Those colours! The glitter!
“Wong Kar Wai is a ‘master of colors’, just like Mr. Shu Uemura.
Possessing a unique perspective on femininity, he has specialized in capturing the mystique of women. In collaboration with Wong Kar Wai, Shu Uemura introduces a holiday collection rich in emotions and atmosphere, with beautiful package decoration inspired by his special short film for Shu Uemura, “Mask”. With his distinctive appreciation of femininity and his signature style that is both nostalgic and hip, this collection emphasizes timeless elegance and poetic tones, and takes the Shu Uemura look to a new dimension”.
I stared at this blankly for a whole minute before googling Wong Kar Wai to see if there’s more than one filmmaker with that name. But no, it is indeed THE Wong Kar Wai, the revered Hong Kong filmmaker responsible for In the Mood for Love and other fashion-heavy masterpieces, who has teamed up with Shu Uemura for a makeup collaboration.
I’m not sure how I feel about this except that it makes it even more clear that fashion’s love affair with film is only going to intensify.
Thoughts? Will you be buying?
Nope! Its not a Venus commercial, nor is it shoe porn…its Steven Meisel’s new Prada campaign video for AW11. Although it has no narrative whatsoever and its obviously a very expensive advert rather than a fashion film, I love that you can see all the beautiful textures and fabrics in closeup. Watch models looking like perfect little dolls, stroking their perfectly waxed legs and their Prada below;
P.S. I want the sparkly socks!
Chanel‘s creative makeup director Peter Philips has created this delightful fashion film featuring Chanel makeup taking the form of adorable robotic characters. Watch “Animating Chanel” below.
(Alternative title; “Tranny Transformers: Fabulous Robots in Disguise”).
via The Nowness
This surreal fashion video by Pearly Films is “…based on falling asleep in front of the TV and experiencing a nightmare. With the aid of night vision goggles, the viewer sees the model first agitated and scared by the nightmare but then gets drawn into the dark world and becomes the nightmare itself”. The video features the beautiful Sohui from Beauty in Filth and designs by Lucy Kenney.
via Beauty in Filth blog
I love this very Hitchcock-ian spread by photographer Alex Prager for W. Styled by Caroline Tate Angel and featuring Irina Lazareanu.
via Fashion Indie
I think Heather Marks is one of the most gorgeous models; She manages to look like a woman, a girl, and some kind of perfect otherwordly fairy all wrapped up in one really tall flawless being. She has also done loads of campaigns for Nars, which is probably in my top three cosmetics companies. Lately Nars has been promoting their Pure Matte lipstick range like crazy, and they’ve come out with a beauty film featuring the gorgeous Heather Marks.
Hey look, more mirror effects! As I’ve said a million times before, I am tired of mirror effects in fashion films, but here I feel like it works because it actually means something. The film starts out with the text “A creature of infinite dimension”, and then goes on to show Heather’s perfect mug in infinite dimensions. So fine, I give it a pass. It’s also pretty, short, and to the point, and I definitely want one of those lipsticks (Vesuvio, anyone?), so obviously it gets the job done.
Thoughts? Does it work for you, or is it pretentious and trendy?
A really cool video by Pierre Debuscherre for Heritage 160. Although its full of mirror effects and double exposures (epic rant here), I’m in a good mood today so I’ll let it slide.
New ink…my first fashion-related tattoo. Tattoo by Dwam Suicide, photo by Drooling Isn’t Photogenic.
Fashion and film are both the art of “people-watching” when it comes down to it, and therein lies my weird obsession with eyeballs. Throw an eyeball on anything and it’ll catch my attention (I almost wrote “catch my gaze” and then decided to avoid annoying puns).
Clockwise from top left:
1) Glass eye chain necklace by Delettrez available on Luisa Via Roma
2) Mishka “Keep Watch” crewneck jumper available on My-Sape
3) Handmade Eye print dress here
4) “Hex Mex” men’s tank by Demonbabies available on Blood is the New Black
5) “Cat’s Eye” ring by Ileana Makri available on Brown’s
6) Iron Fist eyeball heels from Iron Fist Clothing
7) Eye appliqué cashmere cardigan by Clements Ribeiro available on Net-a-Porter
I might actually have to get the Demonbabies shirt, its kind of amazing. How do you feel about eyeballs, creepy or rad?
Catholic School never looked so good…Miranda Kerr shot by Greg Kadel for Numéro #114, “La Mauvaise Éducation”.
A sick video for a sick collection; “Maneater” by Derek Blais & Carly Bangs for Pink Cobra A/W 2010. I just wish it showed more of the clothes. The lookbook is worth checking out, find it here.
Pink Cobra // Maneater on Vimeo on Vimeo
My friend posted this video to her tumblr with a note that said, “Finally! A fashion film that doesn’t make me want to cry in the bathtub and slit my wrist”. Although I can’t say it doesn’t make me want to cry in a bathtub, I just had to repost this. The video perfectly encapsulates that sort of surreal moment when you are walking through a dirty city at some ungodly hour of the morning after a sleepless night. It also has a sort of Where the Wild Things Are vibe to it.
Directed by Philippe Tempelman & Kian Zubicky and fashion by Heidi Nilausen. Also, check out my friend’s tumblr.
Love this little video by Quentin Jones, via AnOther Magazine. Its a vintage looking stop-motion collage in the cut out style of Terry Gilliam in his Flying Circus days, that serves as a sort of tribute to Chanel Particuliere nail polish (geez, that sentence was a mouthfull…)
The soundtrack is quite charming and obviously I love the nail polish shade…thoughts?
As you know, I am really interested in the cinematic potentials of fashion, and am therefore always on the hunt for interesting video lookbooks and fashion films. Since I don’t get to go to London Fashion Week, I have decided to start my own. Please allow me to introduce the first installment of Drooling Isn’t Fashion Week, which will kick off today with an awesome video by Elle Rex for The Twentyten. I will post a video every day for a week for Drooling Isn’t Fashion Week, so buckle your seatbelts! (lol)
(more about “DIFW Day One: Twentyten “, posted with vodpod)
This first video features 80′s vampire movie music by Designer Drugs, purple lipstick, models rocking epic wedges injecting ink into their veins, and lots of fog and slow-motion. Personally I’m sold…thoughts?
I really need to get the new Dazed as soon as I get back to London…amazing!!!!
There are pages encoded with a symbol that allows you to play fashion films on their website…how cool is that? I’ll do a post about it as soon as I get a hold of the issue when I get home…so excited!!!
The London College of Fashion is hosting a series of lectures about fashion film…right up my alley! The last one was brilliant, I highly recommend attending if you are interested in this growing field of filmmaking. Here are the details on the next lecture:
Wednesday 3 March 2010
17:30hrs RHS Space LCF
“Fashion Film Curation”
Agnes Rocamora, LCF, in conversation with Marketa Uhlirova, the director of the Fashion In Film Festival, on the issues facing the curator of historic and contemporary films featuring fashion.
More details here.
Here’s another video from In A Perfect World...I’m going to keep posing these because I think they’re brilliant. This one strongly reminds me of PES Films, its all stop motion with toy guns and rhinestones…I think the sound design makes a big difference here as well. I can’t imagine how much work this must have been, they must have found a very patient model!
Direction, art direction and production by Hanna Andersson, Linn Mork & David Wickström
Fashion design by Fanny Ollas
Produced by the Beckmans College of Design