Cut & Wrap
New fashion film club
October 24th 2014
Soho House in West Hollywood has the most beautiful film screening cinema equipped with lush red sofas, a bar and cashmere blankets to keep you cozy. This was the perfect environment for my dear friend, Alyn Horton, to host his first ‘Cut and Wrap’ series of interviews featuring tastemakers’ favourite ‘fashion films’ and feature films. I use the term ‘fashion film’ loosely because I used a bit of creative freedom so my selection included a commercial and a music video.
The feature film I selected was ‘Control’ directed by Anton Corbijn. Shot in colour and then edited in black and white for the viewer, it perfectly contrasts the shiny, synthetic fabrics of the late seventies present in England at that time. The story tells of Ian Curtis (played by Sam Riley) the lead singer of ‘Joy Division’ and his struggle with epilepsy and depression strongly contrasted by his popularity. The wardrobe is spot on in terms of nailing all of Ian’s looks at that time. The attention to detail and styling is perfectly accurate for that era. They are working class dressing smartly in stark contrast to the fashionable punk phase. This poster hangs in my house and has been with me since the 2007 release of the feature.
My first film that played was the music video ‘Weight of Love’ by Theo Wenner for the Black Keys. It features Lara Stone as the head of a female cult wearing a Chloe Spring 2014 dress with black Nikes. The video is so cool and perfectly captures the flawed utopia embodied by cults in the seventies – it’s the perfect combination of music, good direction and fashion. Unlike so many fashion films, it doesn’t seem contrived or pretentious.
The second film is ‘Kaleidoscope’ by Carolina Melis. This film was made for the 60th anniversary of the fashion brand Chloe – one of my favourite womenswear labels. Without using actual clothes or words, it accurately conveys the style and emotion of the brand. The retro youthful feel of a kaleidoscope coloured in a sophisticated colour palette and textures really represent Chloe. The music is as dainty and whimsical as jewellery.
The third film is ‘Flora,’ a perfume commercial, directed by Chris Cunningham. Abbey Lee Kershaw is seen seemingly possessed in a field of flowers for this Gucci moment. Chris is known to have a significantly darker handwriting in music videos for the likes of Aphex Twins and Bjork. There is a beautiful power to this film which is accompanied by a dreamy remix of Donna Summers’ iconic disco anthem “I Feel Love.” Abbey is not simply wafting through a field smelling the flowers – she appears possessed and in possession of powers enabling her to send shockwaves through the blooms. So simple but so beautifully executed, it really fulfils the almost impossible task of conveying fragrance through film.
The fourth film is directed by the legendary Bruce Weber for Louis Vuitton. ‘Beautiful Strangers’ is shot in true Weber fashion; black and white cinematic beauty. The clothing is Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first collection for the house. Nicholas has always been one of my favourite designers and he didn’t disappoint with his first season at LV. His clothes are always detailed to perfection. Utilising black and white really allows the viewer to appreciate the intricacies of his creativity. The collection is so modern but the environment so classic that it becomes something memorable.
Alyn’s work can be seen at www.alynuk.com