“Here Now” – Cult Film Director Gregg Araki Teams Up with Kenzo

I just heard some very exciting news. One of my favourite directors Gregg Araki has made a short film with fashion label Kenzo! Araki’s films are weird, out-of-this-world and beautiful. A common thought I have while watching his stuff is “Wow, this is the cheesiest/most pretentious thing I’ve ever seen, but DAMN these visuals are spot on! Miniature garden in the bedroom? Don’t mind if I do,”. They are aesthetically gorgeous and innovative coming of age (or about young adults) films, that tends to turn dark real fast.

Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim talked to style.com about the brand’s fall collection and the collaboration; “The story of this collection started with a group of people that formed their own community—cult might not be the right word, but their own kind of environment that didn’t include anybody from the outside,” the pair explained, adding, “So there was this world that we wanted to create [for the campaign], and we felt when we said to ourselves, ‘We want to make a movie with this’ that this would be perfect for Gregg.” In addition to the full movie, posters starring the film’s cast will run as ads in magazines this fall. “We’re interested in instilling culture, whether it be subculture or pop culture, into all of our projects, especially at Kenzo,” said the pair of their new take on advertising. 

The teaser from the film that was recently published looks to be in Araki spirits. It’s kind of odd, kind of non-sensical and total eye candy. Watch the trailer teaser below;

The five-minute short film comes out on July 4th, so stay tuned!

And because these news takes me down memory lane, here are a few of my favourite moments from Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation and Nowhere that I recommend watching.

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The Artist is Absent: A Short Film on Martin Margiela

I just got around to watching The Artist is Absent after it’s release on Youtube in the end of April. The short film tells the story of designer Martin Margiela through industry people and friends, although the film’s length and nature only provides the viewer with a small taster of his life. The designer himself is, of course, absent.2Martin Margiela is often considered as the 7th member of The Antwerp Six, a group of young creatives graduated from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1980’s. It was a time when the Belgian city was buzzing, and to this day it is still known for it’s unique approach to design familiarized by designers such as Margiela himself, Dries van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester.1Margiela’s mum was interested in buying second hand furniture and then repainting and changing them. This might be where her son’s eye for deconstructing and reconstructing fashion came from. He not only created garments but commented on the current money dominated system. In the 80’s and the 90’s, fashion designers were often glorified and held celebrity statuses, not unlike today. But Margiela chose a different approach to his profession. By using anonymity as a way of communicating, the garments were in the center, and the commentary was reinforced.  With this unique tactic and way of being, the house didn’t break bank – perhaps it was ahead of its time. Former director of communications at Maison Martin Margiela explains that they would often use black lines over the model’s faces in lookbooks, not necessarily for the statement it made, but for monetary reasons.3Margiela’s persona is really intriguing, and I guess with the mystery of fashion’s invisible man the collection pieces becomes even more interesting and inviting.

You can watch the 12-minute video on Yoox’s Youtube channel:

Watching: Picture Me (A Model’s Diary)

I remember this movie being a bit hard to come by at the time. It was kind of half-assed released, it still hasn’t really gone the rounds yet from what I know but perhaps it is much easier to get your hands on these days. The film Picture Me (A Model’s Diary) is a documentary movie made by then top model Sara Ziff and her boyfriend Ole Schell. Ziff has been praised for her activist work, and the documentary shows both highlights and lowlights from the industry (including a pretty disturbing talk with a model who has uncomfortable experiences with photographers, stories that I can say only sounds like a typical Terry “incident”…).

The film itself is really interesting, not just because of all the goss between some of the top models in the industry at the time, but for the exclusive behind-the-scenes shots of frustration from the girls. Stuff that we all know happens, but has in a way become a moot point in a conversation.

Throughout the whole documentary, money is a big theme. Ziff and the girls explain how big money is involved, and how modeling has helped them out financially.

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However, she also tackles the issues that comes along with money, such as being exhausted to the point where the money flow doesn’t seem to matter anymore. And the fact that this so-called money flow only happens to a small percentage of models, the rest end up being in debt to their agency and cannot sustain a life off the wages they get.

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She asks questions regarding the industry and what exactly being a model is about…

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Of course, there are some fun moments of the girls talking about life and just having fun backstage and off duty.

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And has some deeper talks about the problems in the industry

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The problems with the age of some girls, and the industry creeps trying to exploit them…

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Overall this is a really good watch with a point of access and commitment that is extremely rare to find and I can imagine this film has been difficult to get out to the public because of the sexual harassment stories that is tapped into. Check it out!

A Round Up of The Fashion Fund

Well, in a way, everybody won. I just about managed to finish the finale of the second season of The Fashion Fund after being a bit too busy with other things in life (things that sometimes seem less important than watching the FINALE of one of my favourite shows at the moment, but boohoo). I’m really happy with them documenting the events and the designers work during the selection process, and it’s been a lot easier to find links to watch this time around.

The Fashion Fund is a docuseries on Ovation (so it’s super hard to come by unless you stream it). In six way-too-short episodes, we meet different designers that are selected by a jury of fashion elites for a competition where one of them will win a grand prize. During the competition, the designers gets crucial feedback from people in the industry and the chance to exhibit their work to other industry people as well as the public.

In this round, I think the designer I gravitated most towards was Eva Fehren, a jewellery designer with some great pieces that are simple, a bit dainty but raw.

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Eva came in as a runner-up, along with Ryan Roche who creates dreamy and pastelly items and she uses a lot of knit. Footwear designer Paul Andrew won the grand prize.

Another thing that made me love this season was CD and President of J. Crew Jenna Lyons impeccably cool style. A true boss-ass-bitch if I ever saw one!

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