15-01-17

Kenzo World and its ridiculously good short film

During the latest holiday season, again a lot of perfume ads popped up on the television screen. I think I can speak for most of when I say that those ads look nice, yet they have this pretentious vibe over them. When thinking of perfume campaigns, we think about a pretty girl with a bottle. This is clearly something that Kenzo wanted to avoid with its new fragrance, Kenzo World

The brand created a short film called 'My Mutant Brain'(click here). It is directed by Spike Jonze and consists of four minutes of expressionist - really expressionist - dancing by Margaret Qualley. Everything about the movie is just right: the music that is super catchy and stays in your head, the wonderful venue where the clip was shot, the gorgeous emerald-green evening gown Qualley is wearing... YES YES YES! 

The short film perfectly images the Kenzo girl, who likes movement and speed and the way things shift, slide and collide in real time. She is never blasé and enthusiastic at all times. She stands out from the crowd. 

Although the clip has been released a while ago, I made a post of it today as the Kenzo World perfume was lying under the Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago... 

P.S. 1 - After watching the clip yourself, you will not be surprised that Ryan Huffington, responsible for the 'Chandelier' music video for Sia, is the choreographer. 

P.S. 2 - Something very crazy yet breathtaking is the fact that during the movie you NEVER see a camera in the mirrors (mind blown!)





02-01-17

Hubert de Givenchy * To Audrey with Love

Hubert de Givenchy... Hopefully this name rings a bell. This man is known as one of the leading fashion designers of the 20th century. Since the 26th of November, The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague houses a prestigious exhibition on de Givenchy, created hand in hand with the French couturier himself. It is presented as an homage to his muse, Audrey Hepburn, but overall its a grand retrospective of his career.

Hubert de Givenchy - To Audrey with Love gives a unique insight into his career, which spanned a period of half a century, from the opening of his fashion house in 1952 through his retirement in 1995. As already mentioned, a big part of the exhibition focuses on his unique friendship (and collaboration) with the - born in Belgium - actress Audrey Hepburn, known from the movies 'How to steal a Million' and of course 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. Next to that, you can also set your eyes on pieces created for Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor. 

This living legend in the history of haute couture really impressed me and I can honestly say that this exhibition blew me away.  The way in which the creations were presented was absolutely beautiful, accompanied by drawings, design sketches, photographs and film stills. If you still have time before the 26th of March, please free some space in your agenda for this must-see!  But in anticipation of that, enjoy some pictures below!