Poppy Delevingne and Friends Get Under the Skin of an Age-Old Beauty Phenomenon in a Lisa Rovner Short
Mystical kisses from the sun or an embarrassing pigmentation? Filmmaker Lisa Rovner’s short Constellations takes a close look at what it means to be a female with freckles from the point of view of five young women who have them: Anna Tatton, a model and aspiring writer; television presenter and fashion stylist Angela Scanlon; costume designer Amy Pollitt; Adwoa Aboah, who just finished her degree in art; and model and Chanel ambassador Poppy Delevingne. Shot in London after a challenging casting search, Rovner’s film pays homage to the late American cult director Les Blank’s whimsical 1987 short Gap-Toothed Women. Blank explored social attitudes and self-esteem issues by interviewing over a hundred women and Rovner’s love letter to freckles similarly unpacks a genetic quirk from a playful perspective. “In the age of airbrushed everything, the prototype of a beautiful woman seems almost unattainable by natural means,” says the director. “Are the so-called ‘flaws’ that are driving women to do almost anything to change their looks really flaws? I wanted to make a film to investigate that question.”
Where did you find your freckled muses?
Lisa Rovner: Believe it or not, casting women with freckles in London was hard. I tried everything: Facebook, casting directors, art schools, Oxford Street. I ended up finding these incredible freckled faces with a little help from my friends.
What’s the connection between the girls, the freckles and the novels they are carrying?
LR: I asked the girls to bring the books they were reading with them on the day I interviewed them. It was my way of asking, “Who are you?”.
Was there a common trait among these freckled women?
LR: The film reveals more about their differences than their similarities. In a way, the film becomes a kind of celebration of difference.
Who do you think of when you think of freckles?
LR: I think of constellations. As the saying goes: “A face without freckles is like a sky without stars.”
The Olympic Fencer Turned Brooklyn Nighthawk Captured in His Natural Habitat
Jonas Lindström presents a voyeuristic reflection on the dichotomous world of Race Imboden, the youngest, top-ranking foil fencer in the world. Today's film comes a little over a year after the flame-haired 20-year-old was spotted and signed by Request Model Management while competing at the London Olympic Games. “The idea was simple,” admits the German filmmaker and contributor to Interview, Wallpaper* and Modern Matter. “We followed him around for two days with the intention of just letting things happen.” Oscillating between work and play, Lindström cuts from Imboden lunging at the Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club to striding through a neighborhood dive bar. “Fencing is all about dedication to a very fine technicality that can only can be learned through allowing yourself to be insane enough to submit your body and mind to the sport,” says Imboden, who walked the runway for Louis Vuitton and was shot by Alasdair McLellan for Topman for Spring/Summer 2013. “Modeling is more about letting that insanity shine through.” Imboden’s athletic virtuosity is matched by a passion for music that has seen him drum in a punk band, intern for record label Fool’s Gold and DJ—read on for his take on the top five artists currently soundtracking his life.
Lyrically and musically his album stands up to all the hype, which is rare these days. He’s got that low voice that makes him unique. “A Lizard State” may as well been the only song on my iPod this summer.
It’s refreshing to hear a dude spitting about sniffing Adderall instead of how many diamonds there are in his chain. Plus his verse on A$AP's “1 train” blows everybody out of the water.
Quality house music. Everybody needs to go down to the disco every once and a while. Like Danny Brown, he is a Fool’s Gold artist, and I have a soft spot for everything they put out.
Who doesn't love a few broken-heart tunes from a British beat group. For me, their “Needles and Pins” is a tie with the Ramones version.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
You don't really need me to tell you they're fantastic. “Oh Boy” is a classic, and these kinds of rockabilly sounds have really stood the test of time.
The Dutch Duo Gives Model Hannelore Knuts a Maximalist Makeover
Cheeky directors Lernert & Sander embrace the urge for cosmetic overkill in their surreal short Natural Beauty. Makeup artist Ferry van der Nat and his assistant Vanessa Chan helped to execute the vision, slathering a host of Ellis Faas products on Belgian beauty Hannelore Knuts, who was recently named the new face of Swiss fashion house Akris. Lernert & Sander began collaborating in 2006; since then they've done everything from melt a chocolate bunny with a hairdryer to repurpose household appliances as sex toys in the name of video art. We asked the co-conspirators to break down the shoot in detail.
STATS FROM ON SET
Mission Statement: We wanted to apply 365 layers of makeup in one day to see how much is needed to go from a natural look to an outrageous one.
Production time: It was a relaxed shoot but it took us nearly nine hours non-stop to apply all the layers to Hannelore’s face.
Magic ingredients: Seven bottles of Foundation S103; two bottles of Creamy Eyes E107; three Milky Lips L205 pens; and two bottles of Blush S301. All together 228.40ml of makeup.
Lunch menu: Hannelore was fixed between panels for the whole shoot, so everything she ate or drank came from a straw: juice, and a granola and yogurt mix. I think she had sushi on her train back to Brussels.
Soundtrack: No music on our shoots! Unless we do a music video and the artists need to lip-sync. But we don't like lip-syncing, so that never happens in our videos. Music distracts.
Prep work: We tested a 100-layer session a few days before on our intern, who is a man. We wanted to make sure that this amount of makeup wouldn't kill a person. It didn't kill our intern so we trusted everything would be fine on Hannelore.
Crisis averted: There was always the “we've run out of makeup” stress. But Ellis Faas has her office right around the corner so we could call and get more [Foundation] S103.
Souvenirs: We saved the white construction for Hannelore's face, so if we plan to do a “two years of makeup” we already have the perfect face frame.
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