Chanteuse du Jour Whinnie Williams Falls Hard By the Sea
Two unexpected romances blossom in a grey seaside town in emerging songstress Whinnie Williams’ video for “You Don’t Love Me,” a debut single that takes puppy love literally. Shot in collaboration with DATS Entertainment along the Hastings promenade on the south coast of England, director Robert Francis Müller follows Williams’ jelly-shoe clad feet around amusement arcades, junk yards and caravans in pursuit of a handsome French stranger’s lost dog—and his affections. “I wanted to write a song for hopeless romantics,” says London-based Williams, who describes her sound as what it would be like “if Coco Chanel had a music production center.” Obsessed with her Gallic neighbors across the Channel, Williams is set on providing her own, updated twist on 1960s French pop. As for the video’s furry leading poodle, “Brian is part of the band,” she says. “He’s the best thing ever.” Read on for a snapshot of Whinnie’s amatory preferences.
Pink champagne or Apérol Spritz?
Whinnie Williams: Apérol.
Kissing or snogging?
Part-Time Lover or Put a Ring On It?
WW: Hmm… full-time boyfriend.
Is your ideal man a geek or a jock?
WW: A jock to my geek.
“Bitter Sweet Symphony” or “Je t’aime... moi non plus”?
WW: “Je t’aime...”
Part Two: A Sneak Preview of Saraiva's Cheeky Debut Film The Shoe
A flaxen haired ingénue and a natty pair of loafers lure an opportunistic cad into a compromising entanglement in André Saraiva’s short The Shoe. The French cultural provocateur collaborated with luxury footwear brand J.M. Weston for his debut as director, in which actor Leo Fitzpatrick plays a guileless thief whose material weaknesses trigger karmic repercussions. “The shoe thing was a reference to when I was a kid in the 80s; people used to steal expensive cool loafers,” Saraiva explains. “In America they used to steal your Air Jordans; in France they would steal J.M. Westons.” Saraiva drafted a gang of his friends for the film’s cast, including Fitzpatrick, Saraiva’s paramour Annabelle Dexter-Jones, French actor Nicolas Duvauchelle (seen punishing Fitzpatrick for his sticky fingers), actress Joséphine de la Baume and model Poppy Delevingne; for the soundtrack, Kitsuné chief Gildas Loaëc curated an indie setlist featuring The Virgins, Is Tropical and Vandaveer, among others. Shot last winter, the short’s muted palette is influenced by Nouvelle Vague films such as Paris vu par (Six in Paris). Purple magazine publisher Olivier Zahm, who worked with Saraiva on the script, explains that the two didn’t have to look far for a lothario on whom to base their leading man. “To me, we wrote a sort of self portrait of André,” he says. “It’s a character very close to any young French guy who likes to flirt with girls in Paris.” Check back tomorrow to see another clip from the film.
Director Lisa Paclet’s Spellbinding Short Launches Luisa Via Roma’s Firenze4Ever Film Festival
Charismatic music director and DJ Mimi Xu, AKA Misty Rabbit, models clothes by rising fashion talents in director Lisa Paclet’s short, created for the fifth edition of iconic Italian boutique Luisa Via Roma’s Firenze4Ever festival, which kicks off in Florence today. Inspired by the surrealist work of influential mid-century photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, Technicolor Dream is a close collaboration between Paclet and Xu, with the latter masterminding an original score for the hypnotizing visuals. “Another reference was Piet Mondrian,” explains Paclet, whose recent work includes films for Kenzo and Dior. “We built a set inspired by his paintings to frame Mimi’s body in different ways.” The film showcases designers from five Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week cities: Sheguang Hu (Shanghai), Michael Sontag (Berlin), Maria Escoté (Madrid), Stine Riis (Stockholm) and Charlotte Ronson (New York). A leading luxury e-commerce platform known for its on-the-pulse collections and limited-edition exclusives by revered designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Luisa Via Roma will stock the designers from the film for the first time. “Young, up-and-coming designers represent the future of fashion,” says Luisa Via Roma CEO Andrea Panconesi. “It is important to recognize this and give them a space alongside the historic fashion houses.”