Experiment No.9 is a collaboration with Tell No One and SHOWstudio. TNO was asked to create a fashion film to counterpart Nick Knight's photography for AnOther magazine's Spring/Summer 2011 issue.
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Music: 'Vanities' written by Beck Hansen; Published by: Voyelles (ASCAP), (P)&(C) 2009 Because Music
From the album “IRM”; Vocals: Charlotte Gainsbourg; Harp: Monique McGuffin; Bass: Bram Inscore; Guitar: Beck Hansen; String Arrangements, Conductor: David Campbell
Cult Australian fashion label ksubi, toast the long awaited return of their coloured denim range, with a short film directed by Australian director Daniel Askill. kolors is a fume-fuelled, slow-motion battle between three colour-clad models and a trio of ‘80s muscle cars.
With the ksubi team securing the very last sets of limited edition coloured tyres by Kumho available in Australia they then enlisted Askill and his team at Collider to fuse the vivid smoke with the spectral denim range. Models Bambi Northwood-Blythe, Cisco Gorrow and Heidi Harrington-Johnson act as modern-day matadors to the rumbling Ford's that attempts to hunt them down while the girls soar above the cars to an operatic soundtrack.
Shot next to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport in barren industrial wasteland that car fanatics converge on after dark and with a Phantom camera, Askill captures each and every denim movement and smoke billow at 1500 frames per second.
‘Cause a taxi in town is like an interlude, a starting point opening up the prospect of a retreat into oneself. Just for a few minutes. Lou escapes, drifts, fantasizing the rising water in the taxi immersing her in a “beyond” which is not her everyday life. A kind of romanticism. Another kind. A contemplation lulled by the music of “Four Tet” and “The bewitched hands on the top of their hands”.
The water becomes a beach, a mysterious island, a seashore so remote from noise as urban fictions. Exile is here and now. A time of levitation. The other girl on the beach: another life. The story is divided in two, speeds up some more, a disheveled fantasy charged with the music clashing against the eardrums. (“Loud-E Africa”). This undisturbed sea sets off to a staccato tempo, comes to a forest where the drumbeats rouse impetuous emotions into movement. The girls move, the girls fly, the girls dance, the girls live. No sun around, however, colours touch the dresses and become tropically sultry extending right to the prints. The path has been found: a dazzling energy expands to the image, to the sound.
The performance doesn’t stop. The girls tussle in a cascade of colours that almost stain the screen like a tribal rite and celebrate the triumph of being alive. So alive.
For summer 2011, Vanessa Bruno has given the director Stephanie Di Giusto free rein to interpret the collection where colour and prints open up a new scope for the brand. A time in exile like a trip where one’s bag is stuffed with items, clothes and exotic accessories to energize a Western wardrobe. On the horizon, a film that gives us a glimpse of the changes in the brand, from gentle romanticism, trademark of Vanessa Bruno to expressing herself in Technicolor, in movement and with whirling energy. Actresses Lou Doillon, the designer’s muse and Jessica Joffe interpret with amazing freedom the will to exalt colour and sensations.