An Impression of Stolen Space

Text from SHOWstudio

“For S/S 18, Nicholas Kirkwood worked with filmmaker Rei Nadal for the second time to create a set of videos echoing the concept and aesthetic inherent in the collection.

In An Impression Of Stolen Space, the viewer is invited to explore a series of vignettes that form the narrative of the seasonal woman. Exposing her intimate thoughts, often following a stream of consciousness, Nadal and Kirkwood play with the idea of missing information.

Inspired by architect Carlo Scarpa and artist Eva Rothschild, the design of Kirkwood’s footwear hints to missing volumes which have either been removed or outlined. The presence of hidden, zipped-away leather and the bleached denim effect follow the same approach, adding to the underlining early nineties aesthetic of the collection.

The film further explores La Muralla Roja, an extraordinary housing development build in 1968 by architect Ricardo Bofill. Nadal’s twin sister Anto Nadal created the music; a composition broken down into three threads that represent three different personalities.”

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Harley Weir & Grace Wales Bonner New Film

Text by George Douglas – Davies (Dazed Digital)

London-based menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner and photographer Harley Weir have a history of working together on films that spotlight alternative views of masculinity around the world. While previous films have seen them travel to India and Senegal, the latest – entitled ‘Practice’ – centres around Leroy Mokgatle, a 17-year-old ballet dancer from Pretoria, South Africa.

Styled by frequent collaborator Tom Guinness, the short film debuted at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in June. It follows Mokgatle through a collage of dance scenes that span from Johannesburg to Cape Town, where he interacts with a suburban environment which becomes his unconventional stage. Dressed in Wales Bonner’s AW17 collection, he prances up escalators and spins around store fronts before ending in a dimly-lit nightclub, dancing on a pole. Adding to the atmosphere is the score to the film, provided by Dev Hynes – AKA Blood Orange.

“Film feels like a rich medium through which to expand my world, opening up new possibilities for collaboration, research, and communication,” said Wales Bonner about her choice to present the clothes in this way. “Harley’s eye and Dev’s intuition really brought this to life. I have been so motivated and inspired by the team, and the dancers I met along the way. The film is a testament to them.””

Watch the film below: HERE

 

From Christy Turlington to Kate Moss: through the lens of Arthur Elgort – in pictures

A good piece in the Guardian about Fashion Photographer Arthur Elgort and the exhibition of his work at Atlas Gallery in London this month. HERE

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Prada Pre-Fall 2017 Campaign

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Shot and filmed by Willy Vanderperre

“For the latest facet of 365 showcasing the Pre-Fall 2017 collection, award-winning actor Jessica Chastain is the protagonist of a Prada campaign for the second time. In Parallels, the narrative is new: scenes are captured inside and out of a Modernist home – a resolutely real space, the photographs imbued with an intensity and intimacy. Yet Chastain’s presence, her own persona, causes us to question the images – are these portraits of Chastain, or a character? Is she playing a role, or playing herself? Reality here runs parallel to fantasy.

Photographed by Willy Vanderperre with a cinematic quality, Chastain’s eyes never meet ours. She is absorbed in her own world, her own reality, at a remove. Multiple images, like different fragments of the same scene, are juxtaposed, and can pretend to be film stills. But is it documentary, or a work of fiction? The questions hang, unanswered.
Just as Jessica Chastain finds reality in her characters, in her parallel identities, so we search for the reality in these images. We find it. The gestures are genuine, and the emotion is real.” [Text taken from Prada’a website] See the film HERE

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Films from the Fashion & Freedom project

‘The Fall of the Corset’ – Spanish director Rei Nadal unites with designer Phoebe English, stylist Ellie Grace Cumming and model Guinevere Van Seenus on a work exploring the way the war affected the traditional popularity of the corset and the expectations on women to wear one

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‘Workwear’ – German filmmaker Marie Schuller teams with acclaimed London-based designer Craig Green on a film exploring the ascent of women’s workwear.

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