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April 19, 2014

Trois Soeurs

Adventures in Monochrome in a Spellbinding French Fashion Short

“When you're a young artist, you don't really have another choice than preserving an independent spirit if you want to make your ideas happen,” says Zoë Le Ber, who stars in the seductively languid Trois Soeurs alongside fellow Parisians Solene Hebert, last year’s face of Nina Ricci, and Priscilla de Laforcade, an actress and member of the indie-pop duo Les Chanteuses. Directed by Bulgarian photographer and filmmaker Elina Kechicheva, the trio form part of a generation of emerging models, actresses and singer-songwriters, with mutlti-hyphenate Le Ber recently directing the exhibitionist art short, Hors Les Murs for fashion and culture title Purple. “French cinema is known for its unexpectedness and accessibility, and today there is still the same drive as the days of the 'New Wave' to do something living and pertinent,” says Herbert.“The cinema is still so young," adds Le Ber. “The nouvelle vague was just the first intense wave of a long series, I hope.”

Favorite French classic film?
Zoë Le Ber:
Playtime by Jacques Tati
Solene Hebert: Pierrot Le Fou by Jean Luc Godard
Priscilla de Laforcade: La Maman et la Putain by Jean Eustache

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Ballet Dancer Sonoya Mizuno Smolders in a High-Fashion Short

Sonoya Mizuno and an albino python star in today’s hypnotic short by photographer and director Can Evgin. Having honed her skills at the Royal Ballet School, and on shoots for Lacoste and Harper’s Bazaar, the Tokyo-born, London-based dancer is preparing herself for a starring role in Ex-Machina, the forthcoming sci-fi thriller, from 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland. The subdued yet menacing accompanying soundtrack to today’s premiere, composed by Pandora's Jukebox (aka Yasmina Dexter), seemed to inspire the mood on set, and Mizuno found that translating her talents came instinctively. “In my mind I was quite a conservative woman with a strong internal fantasy, and the clothes really triggered it,” she says of her wardrobe of Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent that was picked by Garage magazine's Chloe Kerman. “I hardly showed flesh, the collars were high and the dresses were long which helped with the sense of control and class—which makes her python fantasy all the more twisted.”

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Hans Feurer: Exotic Eye

A New Monograph Celebrates the Sensual Fashion Photographer’s Singular Vision

Supermodel Iman is obscured by an explosion of colorful fabric and slick-skinned glamazons pose on Togo beach in Hans Feurer’s tantalizing images. This fall, the Swiss-born photographer’s oeuvre is brought together for the first time in a new monograph published by Damiani: the eponymous tome features collaborations with Emmanuelle Alt, Grace Coddington and his one-time assistant Patrick Demarchelier. Inspired by a two-year road trip across Africa in the mid-60s, Feurer took to fashion photography and became a regular in Elle, Vogue and, later, i-D, while also creating era-defining campaigns for Kenzo. The self-proclaimed “observer” rarely retouches his images, and instead plays with texture, motion and shadow. “The figures in Feurer’s dreamlike images are feminine: strong women, natural beauties, women in war paint, women in motion, women without makeup, women without clothes, women in veils, women on horseback,” writes New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer in the foreword to the book. “Feurer describes himself as a feminist who has the utmost respect for female intelligence. He thinks that our planet would be in better hands, if it were run by women.”

Hans Feurer is published by Damiani this September. A selection of photographs will be exhibited at Colette from September 2 to October 5.

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