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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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Joan Smalls: Woman of Steel

Barnaby Roper Sets Fashion's Latina Heroine into a Spin

Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Smalls is transformed into a high-fashion superwoman in today’s exhilarating short by director Barnaby Roper. “I was playing around with the fact that the summer brings blockbusters. This year this includes Man of Steel, which is being released the same week as this film,” explains Roper of the video that employs the New York-based filmmaker’s signature technical wizardry. “I tried to show a strong individual female character and Joan was the perfect person—she gives really strong poses.” Stylist Keegan Singh built up Smalls’ heroic look by plundering designers including Balmain, Rodarte and Altuzara for powerful silhouettes and then finished the looks off with piles of tough jewelry from Eddie Borgo. Smalls, who modeled in New York for three years before her big break walking exclusively for Ricardo Tischi’s Givenchy couture show in 2009, has become an industry favorite featuring in cover stories for W magazine as well as various editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and fronting campaigns for Gucci, Stella McCartney and Estée Lauder who, in 2011, made her their first Latina face. 

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On Collaboration: Amanda Harlech x Jonathan Anderson

The Aristocratic Member of Team Lagerfeld Talks to the Young Designer for the Latest in Our Series with EDITION Hotels

“I think that anybody who is a creative artist, who is making something out of nothing, has got to be allowed to explore and go into the wild, even if that is in the middle of a city,” muses Amanda Harlech, Karl Lagerfeld’s longtime right-hand woman who features in “Distinction,” the third part of On Collaboration, the NOWNESS series created in conjunction with EDITION Hotels. Director Johnnie Shand-Kydd captures Harlech alongside London-based designer Jonathan (J.W.) Anderson in the bucolic environs of her blissful Shropshire meadow. “Collaboration is the meeting of minds to birth something new or different,” says Anderson, the Northern Ireland-native at the helm of his own acclaimed, eponymous menswear and womenswear lines, Topshop capsule collections and his first collection for Versus, unveiled in May with the help of Donatella Versace. Harlech works as Creative Consultant for Lagerfeld—and previously John Galliano—and splits her time between Paris and her farm near the North Wales border. “You can only go forward; you can’t be nostalgic or self conscious, that is so dangerous for creativity,” says Harlech, a renowned supporter of emerging fashion talent. “The Latin root of the word collaboration is ‘to work.’ The interesting thing is actually making the work together. It’s all about finding a balance.”

Each film in the On Collaboration series has been produced in partnership with EDITION Hotels, a new project between Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels. The London EDITION opens today.

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