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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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Giambattista Valli: Beyond the Runway

Tracing the Rise of Fashion's Incurable Romantic

“I wanted to share my method with the women in my life,” says Giambattista Valli, the Roman designer whose intricate couture techniques have found a Hollywood following in Diane Kruger, Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. Documenting the journey from concept to runway, Valli has collected photographs, mood boards and sketches of eight years’ work in a 400-page book, previewed here. The designer behind the eponymous ready-to-wear and couture labels made his Paris debut in 2005, taking inspiration from Louise Bourgeois, red-tipped flowers and, for his recent Paris Fashion Week show, Pier Paolo Pasolini. “All the people in the book come from specific chapters in my career,” explains Valli of the Rizzoli-published title, spliced with essays from muses including Francesco Clemente, Franca Sozzani and Lee Radziwill, and dedicated to his collaborator, the Italian architect and jeweler Luigi Scialanga. “It was great to do a work-in-progress book; one that has no start, and almost no end.”

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Manifestation

Gallic Passion, American Charm and the British Supermodel Star in a Sun-Kissed Fashion Short from Guy Aroch

A sun-drenched Malibu Beach sets the scene for Manifestation, a playful short from fashion photographer and filmmaker Guy Aroch. Scripted by System magazine’s Jonathan Wingfield, the story sees an American and a Frenchman in a heated discussion about the pitfalls of summer in Paris—the latter finds a welcome distraction, however, in the seductive gaze of supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. As the face of Burberry, Victoria’s Secret and Loewe, the British-born beauty turns heads before diving into the Californian ocean, a far cry from her rural family home on a Devonshire farm. “I guess the film has elements of sex, humor and cliché,” says the Israel-born, New York-based Aroch, who met the model and actor earlier this year while working together on a shoot for Muse magazine. “But the point is to show how important it is to see the positive and goodness that life can bring. It’s a glass-half-full kind of message.”

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