Fashion Film

Dior and I movie stillSee: Dior and I 
Late last month, Raf Simons, the creative director and designer of the storied French couture house Dior, announced that he would be vacating his position following the Spring 2016 show in Paris. This documentary (new to Netflix on November 14) observes the designer in 2011, during his first season at the legendary label. Simons has since denounced the speed at which fashion flies. Dior and I takes viewers along at that captivating clip while Simons devises his beautiful designs.

Hear: Glamorous Damage by GUM
Tame Impala drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jay “Gumby” Watson released Glamorous Damage, the first album of his solo project GUM this week. Driving synth, falsetto vocals and laser effects support ambient songs (reminiscent, at times, of Air) that coexist in the future and groovy past of psych-pop rock.

Shop: NARS Fantascene holiday collection with photographer Steven Klein
A collaboration between the photogenic makeup line and the famous documenter of stars like Madonna and Lady Gaga rightly yielded a Pop palette that places wearers at centerstage this season.

Book cover of Hotels of North America by Rick MoodyRead: Hotels of North America by Rick Moody
The author’s latest novel (released on Tuesday) shows him to again have a finger on the pulse of American life and its deceptions, using the protagonist’s online hotel reviews as both a medium for storytelling and a critique of our everybody-is-a-critic culture.

Watch: W/ Bob & David
The ’90s sketch comedy veterans of Mr. Show, Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development), return to the genre that launched their careers as dark, zany comic geniuses. Enjoy four episodes of their intellectual buddy humor all grown up on Netflix starting this Friday.

Shop: Nike Jordan Eclipse Holiday Sneaker
The street sneaker to end all street sneakers has arrived just in time to wear it to all the season’s parties. Riffing on the basketball style of the original Jordan, this sneak has a relaxed, almost moccasin, silhouette that makes it super casual but still snazzy.


Diane Pernet with Dries Van Noten and Caroline de MaigretFashion journalist Diane Pernet projects an unapproachable and mysterious persona. Perhaps it’s the lace mantilla. Surrounded in a shroud of black layers, she floats through the fashion and art worlds, charming acquaintances, collaborators and friends with her calm enthusiasm. But beneath her many veils, she is surprisingly forthcoming.

Pernet’s diverse and amplifying interests led her to launch her A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival in 2008. A competition and showcase of short fashion, style and beauty films, ASVOFF begins in Paris during Fashion Week and then travels to museums and cultural institutions throughout the world. This year, Jean Paul Gaultier serves as jury president.

We spoke with Pernet about the festival, fashion and her personal style.

Diane Pernet with Nick Walter graffiti in New York CityHow did A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival begin?

I’ve never been one to map out my distant future or calculate how things might pan out. At each crossroads, I’ve simply followed my instincts. Although it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, I can honestly say that I think it has been the best approach for me. Over the years, I’ve been a fashion designer, a costume designer, an editor, a stylist, a journalist and a filmmaker. Although they are all very different roles, they do all revolve around fashion so there has been that constant throughout my professional career. It is the creative process that is the most different, I think.

In 2006, Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto asked me to make a road movie for the launch of his menswear line and we did it via the Gumball Rally, a 3,000-mile race from London’s Trafalgar Square to Monte Carlo. The result, Adventure of Pleasure, became the basis for You Wear it Well, a short-lived, curated fashion film festival that screened at Cinespace on Hollywood Boulevard.

The spirit of fashion film is important too because it’s typically one where the consumer expects brands to push the boundaries a bit more and to not necessarily be quite so precious about things. A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival has always been for anyone who enjoys films or wears clothes. Fashion film won’t be for everyone but it is intended for everyone. It’s not just an insider medium. Great fashion film should touch people like any art form or cinematic form. We’ve still got a long road ahead of us to experiment, which is hugely exciting.



Just released: the newest short film created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Geraldine Chaplin as Gabrielle Chanel, Reincarnation accompanied the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’Art collection shown on December 2, 2014 in Salzburg. Watch. It’s wonderful.



We’re celebrating the launch of a new brand today at Nordstrom—Viva Vena!, a lower-priced line from Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, the ladies behind Vena Cava. We are as much in love with the playful prints and colors as we are with their new Fashion Film. We also love a good reminder that it’s important not to take yourself too seriously.

Fashion Film—winner of the self-styled “Best Fashion Film Ever” award—stars Lizzy Caplan and is directed by Matthew Frost.


Let’s take two and a half minutes to step through the looking glass into the world of Nina Ricci and the brand’s newest fashion film—the winter 2012 ad campaign.

Directed by Inez & Vinoodh with model, Kati Nescher.


From elegant bow-tie blouses to iconic smoking jackets and chic color-block shifts, we’ve always been crazy for designs by Yves Saint Laurent. Now, thanks to “L’Amour Fou” (Crazy Love), the new YSL documentary by Pierre Thoretton, our obsession has grown to include the designer’s beautiful homes in Morocco and France.

YSL Summer Eyeshadow Duo; Photo of Villa Majorelle via Wikipedia by Rogier van Staveren

Narrated by Pierre Bergé, YSL’s longtime life and business partner, the film traces the acquisition and sale of the couple’s stunning art and furniture collection. It’s a visual feast to see these incredible objects displayed in the rooms where they were enjoyed—and the highlight is Villa Majorelle, an exquisite residential oasis in the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech.

Designed in 1924 by the French artist Jacques Majorelle, and purchased by YSL and Bergé in 1980, the house is the architectural equivalent of Pop Art in the desert: painted an electric shade of Majorelle Blue with lemon-yellow trim that contrasts brilliantly against the landscape.

We’d love to wander along the walkways of Majorelle’s enchanted garden. But until we make the trip, we’re indulging our sense of adventure (and infusing our beauty routine) with the villa’s palette. Enter the YSL Summer Collection Eyeshadow Duo. Look familiar?


Earlier this year the fashion industry lost one of its greats, Alexander McQueen. As a tribute to the life and genius of this award-winning, industry-changing man, Nick Knight has created this stunning film. A respected and well-known photographer, Knight is also the director and founder of SHOWstudio—a fashion & art Internet broadcasting channel.

On his piece, which celebrates and pays homage to McQueen’s creations, Knight writes: “This film is my way of speaking about a very unique and important person who changed my life. My desire was to speak in some way about the dark and the light contained within Lee, and within us all.”

Beautiful. Lee Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010.