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The Untitled Magazine celebrates its global launch with an issue dedicated to Cinema. We looked for the most exciting up-and-coming and established talent from the silver screen and beyond that inspired us and will be talked about at home and abroad. We invited international journalists, artists, photographers and directors to explore the most iconic references in cinema to create our fashion and beauty stories, portraits and features. What are the influences shaping the film world today? Everything from the inspiration, the costume designers, the directors, and of course the talent on the screen is explored in over fifty productions in our Cinema issue. We went to Los Angeles, London and New York to photograph and interview some of the most exciting talent in the industry. We asked them not only about their recent projects, but also their paths to success, and what shaped them along the way. We profiled legendary filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick as well as some of the most influential female directors. We interviewed artists who are inspired by Cinema, and explored the works they create. We examined new directions in the medium, such as fashion films, video art, set and costume design, as well as how these elements are progressing. Most importantly we celebrated one of the most talked about and creative expressions to evolve in the last century, Cinema, which from the early days of silent films to the modern era of streaming continues to enthrall audiences globally and impact society more than almost any other artistic medium. Take a journey with The Untitled Magazineâ€™s â€œCinemaâ€? issue, from the printed page to our online edition at www.untitled-magazine.com, which features behind the scenes videos, in depth interviews, fashion films, documentary shorts as well as the latest international news in cutting-edge art, fashion and film.
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With a resume that includes photo shoots with the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Charlize Theron and ad campaigns for Nike and Diesel, the New York based photographer Warwick Saint has come a long way since his editorial debut in Dutch Magazine in 1999. Born in South Africa, Warick Saint pursued photography in London following his graduation with a BA in Art History and Philosophy. Recently Saint’s “Body of Work” collection, a series of photographs of provocatively tattooed women, was shown at the Hionas Gallery in NY.
Bell Soto is a photographer / director from Peru, based between New York and LA. His work has been published in numerous international publications including Vmagazine, Vman, and L’Officiel Hommes. His fashion films have been awarded for Best Cinematography at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, were featured in the FaceOff Smashbox Competition in Los Angeles in January 2012, On/Off New Breed in London in June 2012, and Soto was selected this year by Hunger Magazine as one of the top 3 fashion film directors to watch. He is also known for his music video collaborations with rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Jennifer Akerman.
Heidi Lee is the director of Waterhouse and Dodd Contemporary NY and their art advisory, Fine Art Brokers in the US. She brings ten years of art advisory experience and works with art collectors around the world including clients of JP Morgan Chase, AXA Art Insurance and Christie’s auction house. She has helped clients acquire and appraise over five hundred works of art by contemporary and modern artists including important works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Baldessari, Anish Kapoor, John Chamberlain and many others. She received a master’s degree from Christie’s Education in Modern Art and is a UPSAP qualified appraiser. Heidi has served as co-chair of the New Museum’s Contemporary Council and chairman of Christie’s Education Alumni Society.
Artist, photographer and director Iris Brosch, living between New York and Paris, is known internationally for restoring dignity and strength to the image of women in photography and film. Her style has been described as “Miuccia Prada meets Leonardo da Vinci”. Brosch’s unique celebration of female sensuality moves in fresh and fascinating directions within her ability to rework timeless classicism with a thoroughly modern twist. She is well known for her numerous editorial productions for Italian Vogue, as well as her Venice Biennale performances. She also recently exhibited at Palais du Tokyo in Paris.
Photographer / director Daniela Federici was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is currently based in New York. She began a lifelong passion for film and photography while still a toddler. Her breakthrough career moment was shooting Anna Nicole Smith for Guess Jeans in its heyday. She has traveled around the world and back again shooting stills and film for everyone from Vogue Magazine to Queen Rania of Jordan to commercial clients like La Perla, BMW, and DeBeers. She is currently in front of the camera on the TV show “Nomad Traveller”, which follows her on her travels.
A man of many beautiful pictures, Antoine Verglas is a French-born, New York City-based photographer responsible for making beautiful women like Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Hurley and Eva Mendes look even more beautiful and making legendary men such as Richard Branson even more iconic. A photographic mainstay for more than two decades, his work has appeared worldwide in Elle, GQ, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and Vogue among many others.
Sir Ben Kingsley Photographed by Bryan Adams
To most, the name Bryan Adams conjures 80’s rock, songs like “Cuts Like a Knife” and “Summer of ‘69” reminiscent of an era of stonewashed jeans and feathered hair. The native Canadian rocker quit school when he was a teenager to hit the road as a musician-for-hire, and over the years has been awarded 18 Juno Awards, a Grammy, and multiple Oscar nominations. What most of us do not know about Bryan Adams, however, is that over the past decade, he has quietly established himself as a brilliant photographer.
EXPOSED BRYAN ADAMS IC: If you could be anyone in your book “Exposed” who would it be? BA: Perhaps Sean Penn, we got on very well. He’s intense and mischievous - a good combo.
Starting in the late ‘90s Adams began shooting self-portraits for album artwork. Shortly thereafter he widened his range to include friends, other musicians, actors and models. Eventually he had a portfolio so substantial that a retrospective was born. Exposed is its title, implying both the function of camera film as well as what it is that a portrait reveals about its subject. The book also ‘exposes’ the secret that Adams is a remarkably accomplished photographer. It’s no surprise that he’s accumulated reams of accolades for his work, including two Lead Awards.
IC: Why the title “Exposed”? BA: This is my first book of photographs, and aside from presenting myself to the world as a photographer, I’m also revealing my subjects. Not to mention it is a synonym in photography.
The book, whose pages contain stunning portraits of celebrities like the ever-brooding Sir Ben Kingsley, a pouty Lindsay Lohan and Mick Jagger in mid-leap, is due out September 15th. The Untitled Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Indira Cesarine, sat down with Adams in London for a one-on-one chat about this momentous new body of work and what it all means to him. Here’s what he had to say.
IC: Do you prefer shooting actors, musicians or models? BA: I don’t mind, I love people. At the moment I’m doing a book on injured soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. IC: Do unusual things ever happen on set? BA: Well if there were really unusual things going on on set, it could only be a good thing. Who wants normal?
IC: How did you get into photography? BA: Experimenting and documenting my work on the road. Ultimately doing portraits of friends.
IC: Have you ever fallen in love while taking a photo? BA: Wow, yes, but I’ve never done anything about it.
IC: How long have you been shooting? BA: I started seriously going for it at the end of the 90’s but there was lots of messing around before that. In the late 80’s I bought a Rolleiflex camera which sort of changed everything about photos for me. However, even then it never really occurred to me that I could manage both things. I’ve worked it out now…
IC: If you could only take one more photo for the rest of your life who would it be of? BA: Probably of Bunny, my daughter. IC: How do you cast your subjects? BA: I just keep an eye open, and I’ve got lots of ideas to work with other artists, but creating shoots takes time to put together as I was saying. So much about fashion and art has to do with good styling.
IC: How do you manage your music career with your busy shooting schedule? BA: I only tour for a week a month, the rest of the time is creative time or at home. I feel like I spend more time prepping my shoots than actually working on them.
I prefer to let the photos speak for themselves, only because I think the moments with your subjects are private. I will tell you that it’s a privilege to have had to chance to work with such brilliant people, they made it easy.
IC: What inspires you on set? BA: Usually my team, and I’m normally quite prepared for my shoots and have a fairly good idea what I want to do. After that it’s up to the inspiration of the moment and what is in front of you.
Published by Steidl, Exposed is available for purchase online and at bookstores globally from September 2012.
Out of all the boroughs of New York City, only the Bronx can lay claim as the birthplace of one of the greatest directors in history. Stanley Kubrick (1928–1999) is regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of the twentieth century. More than a decade since his passing in 1999, he continues to cast a long shadow on the cinema and art world. Kubrick began work as a documentary photographer, eventually moving into film production which would remain his primary vocation for the rest of his life.
KUBRICK Kubrick was self-taught in almost all aspects of cinema and directing. He married his high-school sweetheart Toba Metz in May 1948 while working at Look magazine, second only to Life for circulation. They lived together in New York’s Greenwich Village, and it was during this time that Kubrick’s interest in film took root. He frequented film screenings at the Museum of Modern Art and various cinemas around New York City including several films directed by Max Ophüls and Elia Kazan, both of whom would have a significant influence on his later work.
The maverick auteur was noted for being a perfectionist, taking painstaking care with scene staging and working closely with his actors. His films, typically adaptations of novels or short stories, were acknowledged for their dazzling and unique cinematography, attention to detail and use of music scores. Combined with his ability to perform miracles with actors, Kubrick rose quickly to become one of the world’s most important filmmakers. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Lolita, his famed tragicomedy starring James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers and the nymphet, Sue Lyons. It debuted in America in 1962. Originally written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1955 as a screenplay, the film became a scandalous classic, and its title became synonymous in American lexicon with a sexually charged underage girl. Regarding its controversial plot, one can’t help but wonder just “how did they ever make a movie of ‘Lolita?’”. This became the clever advertisement copy for Kubrick’s adaptation. The movie bears only a slight resemblance to the original screenplay. The casting of brilliant actors and Kubrick’s directing genius resulted in a film acceptable for the heavily censored 1960s.
Working his way quickly through a succession of eagerly inventive genre exercises in the 1950s, Kubrick directed the noir film, Killer’s Kiss, the caper flick, The Killing and the action film, Paths of Glory, all on a shoestring budget. He then made a splash in 1960 with his acclaimed epic, Spartacus, which turned out to be one of the best films of its genre. After this he spent the remainder of his career living and filming in the United Kingdom. Kubrick’s home became his workplace where he did his writing, research, editing and management of production details. Kubrick directed, produced and wrote all or part of the screenplays for nearly all his films. As with his earlier shorts, he was the cinematographer and editor on the first two of his thirteen feature films. This afforded him almost complete artistic control over his work, as well as the rare advantage of having financial support from major Hollywood studios.
The movie was called “sheer unrestrained pornography” by critic Dorthy Parker, reviewed as “hebephila-related content” by universities and drew an “X” rating from the Catholic Church. Despite such disparaging and misguided remarks, Kubrick’s film offers a challenge for viewers around the world to face a universal social condition, beautiful or not. His adaptation of the screenplay into a movie that three decades later still equally rivets and revolts viewers is testimony to his unparalleled talent and vision.
With 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), a science-fiction film noted for its innovative visual effects and scientific realism, Kubrick broke new cinematic ground. This visionary film became one of his most influential, and redefined the parameters of cinematic experience.
Kubrick’s skill behind the camera and his ability to create visual intrigue were evident long before he became a Hollywood icon. In his student days, when he wasn’t playing chess for quarters in Washington Square Park, he was taking photos for his high school, for which he was chosen as the official school photographer at the age of 17. Shortly after graduation in 1945, he sold a photograph to Look magazine for 25 dollars, of a broken-hearted newsvendor reacting to the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A year later, unable to gain admission to day session classes at colleges, he briefly attended evening classes at the City College of New
Kubrick pioneered the use of specially designed lenses for shooting scenes lit by natural candlelight (Barry Lyndon), as well as the Steadicam, which allowed stable and fluid tracking (The Shining). He also sought more controversial ventures, as with Lolita and the pulp thriller Dr. Strangelove, which were virtually banned in the U.S. By then internationally renowned, Kubrick’s famed meticulousness and particular working method involved long preparation and production periods, which consequently led to longer waiting lines for fans.
Copacabana Girls in their dressing room, 1948
Above: Stanley Kubrick photographing showgirl Rosemary Williams, 1949; Below: Street Conversations 1946
than life figures, as they were placed within a dramatic context.
York (CCNY). Eventually, he became a freelance photographer, and by graduation, he had sold an entire photographic series to Look magazine. Shortly thereafter, Kubrick joined Look’s staff to become the youngest staff photographer in the magazine’s history.
Kubrick’s reportage expanded to include complex narratives and American stereotypes. In an interview, Steven Spielberg commented that the way Kubrick “tells a story is antithetical to the way we are accustomed to receiving stories”. Kubrick draws psychological portraits that combine drama, irony, and often mystery, heralding his trademark cinematic style. Kubrick’s photographs, which are fascinating accounts of life in the late 1940s, are also a major contribution to American photography of that era.
Even before he made his first 16mm documentary film, Kubrick’s visionary depictions through photography of American society likely changed the way magazines portray imagery. During his five years with Look he completed dozens of photographic reportage assignments in New York City as well as abroad, capturing both street scenes and commanding portraits of public and private figures. The resulting thousands of negatives have remained in archives ever since. Kubrick’s photographs vary in subject, but people were always the central focus of his attention.
Kubrick’s photography, like his films covered a wide range of entertaining genres including comedy, horror, science fiction and quotidian life. His series featured everyone from commoners to
He continued to work for the general-interest magazine until 1951 when he left to pursue filmmaking full-time. It was during this period working as a photojournalist that Kubrick’s respected and most imitated style first became apparent. Against the backdrop of America’s social and political transformation after World War II, Kubrick began to create a photographic series between 1945 and 1950. The resulting sequential construction of his photojournalism served as the basis for his cinematographic style. Art historian and Kubrick expert Ranier Crone, examined Kubrick’s photographs not only in relation to his later films but also to his contribution to twentieth-century art history and photography. Crone discovered how one of the most influential and successful film directors of our time used photography to master visual techniques and cultivate his signature style. By nineteen, Kubrick had demonstrated an immense talent in constructing complex compositions in which camera positioning and lighting play a crucial role. This focus on characterization and spontaneity became emblematic of Kubrick’s portraiture. With his unflinching eye, his subjects were transformed into larger
Film still from “Lolita” 1962
city; while the positioning of characters within his series suggest a complex narrative.
emblematic figures: General Dwight D. Eisenhower at Columbia University, 1948; Betsy von Furstenberg, 1949; shoeshine boys and boys boxing at the Police Athletic League Boxing; Rosemary Williams and other showgirls at the Copacabana Club; acrobats and circus sideshow performers like Rasmus Nielsen, and a rollerskating monkey at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus; Johnny Grant of ‘Johnny on the Spot’, one of the first onthe-ground news reporters of the Hollywood celebrity scene; and the boxer, Walter Cartier.
In 2000, BAFTA renamed their Britannia lifetime achievement award the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award. Kubrick won the BAFTA award in 1999, one year prior to its being renamed in his honor. This put him among a line of filmmakers who also had awards named after them such as D. W. Griffith, Laurence Olivier, Cecil B. DeMille, and Irving Thalberg. Of the 300-plus assignments Kubrick did for Look from 1946 to 1951, more than 100 are in the Library of Congress collection. All of the Look jobs with which he was associated have been duly cataloged with detailed descriptions for images that were printed. Many early photographs taken between 1945-1950 have been published in the book Drama and Shadows [2005, Phaidon Press] and also appear as a special feature on the 2007 Special Edition DVD of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The essence of New York is embodied in Kubrick’s photos of young boys and girls, in those of the boxer Walter Cartier and images of Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood. The expanding definition of the American family is represented in the images of the shoeshine boys, while earlier images of Rosemary Williams in her changing room may have been found to be too shocking for most publications of the time. Finally, the paddy wagon series with jailed robbers are powerful and dynamic. Kubrick was a natural born photographer, and one can see easily why he shot so many scenes in his films himself.
In 2011, twenty-five of Kubrick’s photos taken for Look that were previously available only for viewing in museum archives or books, were hand selected from thousands of negatives by independent curators at the Museum of the City of New York, and made available as limited edition prints. The images present a complex blend of composition, light and mystery capturing the drama both human and artistic - that infused Kubrick’s career.
Kubrick had a formidable eye for drama and composition even as a kid. His snapshots of everyday life in the 40s are still inspiring, and it is remarkable how many look like shots from his films. For example, a portrait of a Columbia University professor is reminiscent of Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, and could be considered a possible source of inspiration for the movie. Kubrick’s photos are packed with drama and beauty and he had a keen eye for an image, moving or still.
Whether photographic or moving, Kubrick’s images have the potential to become emblematic of an embattled past that still resonates with us today. Directors ranging from the Coen Brothers to Tim Burton continue to pay visual homage to his works in their own films, and according to Steven Spielberg, “Nobody could shoot a picture better in history.”
For his in-depth mini series of photographs and the smaller, related portraits of the 1940s, Kubrick sought to depict the spirit of the times but still showcase his discerning eye. The nipple-pierced sideshow performer, “Tough Titty” and the half-naked Rosemary Williams testify to the provocative countercultural behavior of the
Article by Heidi Lee Images Courtesy of The Stanley Kubrick Archives & The Museum of The City of New York
R E A L I SAT R I C ES A mere 9% of film directors are women. Award winning director Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star) says that we’re all being shortchanged by not seeing more from the female point of view. When women do direct, they tend to present richer, more multi-faceted female heroines. In part, no doubt, this is because they project their own personae onto the characters in their films; in the case of the late Nora Ephron, this is a very good thing. Romcom royalty, Ephron single-handedly created a new female archetype: the woman who overcomes personal barriers as she surrenders to love. Ephron knew, from personal experience, that virtually everyone’s a sucker for a good love story. Revered director Sofia Coppola likes to depict moments of ennui (I’m rich/famous/went to Yale – why am I still so unhappy?), but does so to isolate the existential woes that inevitably affect us all. And industry heavyweight Lone Scherfig brought two powerful adaptations to the screen – One Day and An Education. In both cases, she portrayed “the woman in transformation.” So what unique viewpoint and aesthetic have these women given us?
If you were born pre-1970, you wanted to be Meg Ryan when she finally works it out with Harry (unlikely stud Billy Crystal) in When Harry Met Sally, or impulsively flies trans-continent to stalk Sam (Tom Hanks) in Sleepless in Seattle. If you were born a bit later on, it’s likely you watched Nora Ephron’s films with your mother, and wondered what that scene in Katz’s Deli was all about, or how you too, could contact this Dr. Marcia Fieldstone. Born in 1941, Nora Ephron was an acclaimed American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer and director. She was the embodiment of the loquacious, intellectual, idealistic, Upper West Side women who populated her films. After college, Ephron worked briefly as an intern in the White House of JFK, and then moved to New York, where she wrote for The New York Post. She married three times – Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist known for exposing the Watergate scandal, was the most high-profile of her husbands. A recent article in The New Yorker referred to the celebrated couple as “the Brad and Jen of the 80s.” Their stormy, short-lived relationship influenced her work (screenplay for the film Heartburn), as did being immersed in the world of journalism. Ephron’s characters predominantly work in publishing of some form. Even the anti-heroines, like the ‘I’m soo busy’ Patricia, (Parker Posey), the obtuse book editor girlfriend of Joe Fox in You’ve Got Mail. Ephron’s films were never candyfloss sweet, they had the virtues of crème brulee – classic, complex. She infused her films with old-world references, such as Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – Kathleen Kelly’s favourite book in You’ve Got Mail. Capturing the nuances of love was Ephron’s thing: the settling, the spark, the denial of the spark, the chasing and the running away. She was always encouraged by her mother, a screenwriter, to write everything down, and is known for saying, “My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories in the next.” She acknowledged, though, in an interview with The Believer that promising “Someday this will be a story!” may be cold comfort for a weeping child.
Above: Film still from “Lost in Translation” Left: Film still from “Marie Antoinette” both directed by Sofia Coppola
Sadly, Ephron passed away in June 2012 after a battle with leukaemia. In remembrance her friend Melinda Bellows summed up Ephron’s legacy: “Nora was a heroine for an entire generation of women who were looking for love, longing for the truth, and desperate for humour in the midst of life’s humiliating, inevitable devastations.”
Ephron’s collaboration with Meg Ryan made the cardigan-wearing, 90s East-Coast brain box a mainstay. Observant and outspoken, this heroine is passionate about her career and her city. She’s charismatic and witty, sensitive and vulnerable. When this aesthetic took hold, women wanted to look smarter, express themselves more and wear their hearts on their sleeves to allow for that kind of romance. Ephron’s women were not conspicuously sexy, which was a departure from the aesthetic of the late 80s and early 90s: Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, or Cher, all wild hair and long legs. The clothes (sensible and feminine – think Laura Ashley and early Ralph Lauren) complemented their wearers, particularly on a fresh-faced Meg Ryan, who wore many twin sets, turtlenecks, floral rompers, chinos and loafers.
Sophia Coppola: Chanel intern, age 15. Marc Jacobs’ BFF, model and muse. French band frontman husband. Married said husband in an Azzedine Alaïa custom-made wedding dress. Academy Award winner (2003, Best Screenplay for Lost in Translation). Designed handbag line for Louis Vuitton (minimalist, natch), lensed ads for LV, the Dior Cherie fragrance and Marni for H&M. Teenager-thin at 40. An extra in The Godfather (which her legendary father, Francis Ford Coppola directed – in case you’ve been living on another planet) before the age of 1. Sofia Coppola’s it-girl credentials are longer than Atlas Shrugged. And despite all this it-ness, Coppola is not short on substance. “I like movies where the impetus for the main character’s change is not from a big outside dramatic event, but from some small moment that makes you look inward,” she has said, in reference to Marie Antoinette (2006) the last in a trilogy that began with the Virgin Suicides (1999) and was followed by Lost In Translation (2003). So what makes these disparate tales hang together, exactly?
The Ephron woman has permeated pop culture beyond Ephron’s films. Another publishing gal, Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes (Julia Louis Dreyfus), had a similar style, which has recently reared its denim-and-lace head again. Chloe Sevigny’s new resort collection for Opening Ceremony has been said to be a modern take on Elaine. Fittingly, Anne Slowey of American Elle calls it “Upper West Side grunge.”
Existential reflection and introspection with a European philosophical legacy lie at the heart of Coppola’s films, in which
“My mother wanted US to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories in the next...” Nora Ephron
that year. Coppola defends her work’s association with fashion. ”You’re considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion,” she has said, “but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity.” Coppola was criticized for only loosely adhering to historical fact in Marie Antoinette, but has said that she was interested in the human being and all of her complex feelings, as opposed to the two-dimensional icon everyone already knows– the heartless French queen. And indeed, other critics praised the film’s portrayal of teenage alienation.
young women who feel out of place in their environments come of age. Unsurprisingly, critics often compare her work to that of Italian neorealist masters Pier Paolo Pasolini and Luchino Visconti. Coppola’s heroine is strong-willed, intelligent and modest – aware of her limitations despite her privileges. Coppola has also said that she tries not to over-explain things, further evidence of her natural insouciance: if you get it, you get it, if you don’t, you don’t. People who matter seem to get it. Aside from her Academy Award win – she became the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director – she won the Golden Lion (top prize at the Venice Film Festival), and numerous more awards for her work.
Lone Scherfig is a purist. Born 1959, she is a veteran of Danish Dogme 95 (a filmmaking movement which eschews elaborate special effects or technology, and focuses on the traditional values of story). Her debut came with the comedy Kaj’s Fødselsdag (1990), which was critically successful, and her international breakthrough came with Italian for Beginners (2000), for which she received the Silver Berlin Bear. Subsequently, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002), became the most profitable Scandinavian film to date. Yet she is best known for her adaptations - An Education (2009; based on Lynn Barber’s memoir of when she was a 16-year-old en route to enter Oxford, but met a charming older conman who led her astray) and One Day (2011; based on David Nicholls’ much-loved book, where we get a will-they-won’tthey snapshot of characters Dex and Emma once a year on the same day). In both films, her unique eye and clean shots bring the focus on women in transformation and how external events change individuals over time.
Lost in Translation’s costume designer, Nancy Steiner, styled Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) as a “girl lost,” the clothes were kept non-descript and minimalist. According to NYTimes.com’s Adam Kepler, Steiner used formless clothes on Charlotte “as a counterpoint to the manic energy of Tokyo streets.” Coppola opened the film with a shot of Charlotte’s transparent pink underwear stretching over her bottom as she’s lying in her hotel room. Her character sleeps in this improvised ensemble of convenience, underwear and a t-shirt, throughout the film. This changes after she has a pivotal talk with Bob: “I just don’t know how I’m supposed to be, you know.” “Keep writing.”
Through her films, Scherfig reinforces a simple and cheeky idea – that as you change, so do your clothes. But she does this with such precision and artfulness that women in her audience tend to quite seriously re-evaluate whether their look reflects where they are in their lives. Scherfig worked on both films with costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux, who has said that Scherfig was one of the most involved directors she has worked with, the only one to bring mood boards to their first meeting. However, Scherfig has been wary of being overly-detailed with the clothing, to make sure the focus stays on the characters. “You shouldn’t feel that you get information when you see a film,” she says. “ You should just feel like you’re in good company, and be interested in the story and not feel like someone is trying to tell you something…not be like, “Oh, Doc Martens.”
“But I’m so mean.” “Mean’s okay.” Despite Coppola’s penchant for looking inward, in this scene Bob gives Charlotte what we sometimes need most: reassurance and validation from another person. After this, we see a more definitive look for Charlotte – she moves on to boxer shorts, and accessorizes with a scarf. Marie Antoinette was the most sartorially influential of Coppola’s films and inspired a range of accessories and couture lines, including Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2007 collection, with Dior and Chanel also referencing the film in their couture collections from
Film still from “The Education” Directed by Lone Scherfig
sophistication. By the time Emma sees Dex at a wedding, she has secured her first book advance, and has a longer, sleeker hairdo and an Asian-inspired dress. The biggest transformation in Emma’s wardrobe occurs when she moves to Paris, is dating a jazz musician and has become an established writer. Naturally, she is wearing a little black A-line halter dress and a chic short hairstyle. When she returns to England to be with Dex, she reverts back to a floral dress and softer hair.
In An Education, it’s 1961 London and Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is taken out of drab British suburbia, to concerts, clubs, and fine restaurants, by David (Peter Sarsgaard). Her school uniform wardrobe gets the appropriate upgrade: refined pillbox hats, shift dresses in watercolour prints and the very sophisticated jacquard. With its lush fabrics, dramatic silhouettes and killer tailoring, the film’s costumes were highly influential on the fashion industry, with many a magazine’s style page offering instructions in how to replicate the look. It’s also no wonder that Mulligan has become a sort of Prada ambassador, wearing the designer to the Oscars, Met Ball and her wedding to Marcus Mumford.
These directors, the 9%, hold a fragile but ever-important place in film. They are pioneers unto themselves amid a sea of creative and predominantly male trailblazers, forging a path and constructing a sphere of influence for future generations of female directors to inhabit. Trudie Styler, producer and co-founder of Maven, a film production company to support female talent in the industry, says that what is “crucially lost is the female perspective: 50% of the population are not having their stories told”. This perspective deserves its own voice and vision in film. Thanks to directors such as the late Nora Ephron, Sophia Coppola, Lone Scherfig, and many other emerging female talents, progress is indeed being made slowly but surely. The movies of these directors stretch above and beyond conventional chick-flick motifs, presenting the complexities of modern womanhood. We should hope to see that meager percentage increase substantially in the not-so-distant future. Article by Anabel Maldonado
An Education premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress for Carey Mulligan (who was largely unknown prior) and Best Adapted Screenplay, in addition to a bevy of nominations in the UK, the US and Australia. In One Day, we see Emma transform from a geeky teen at graduation, to a lost waitress at 25, with frizzy hair and big glasses, to her career as a teacher, where we notice a more pulled-together look and an emerging elegance. Emma’s own references to her safe fashion choices allude to her cautious, prudish character. “It’s a swimsuit, The Edwardian,” she tells Dex (Jim Sturgess) when they vacation in France. Of her more inclined footwear she says “it’s the world’s first orthopaedic high heel,” to justify her growing
IN SEARCH OF CLEO, How I FOUND my Pussy and LOST my Mind... Gina Gershon wears The Blonds Fashion Editor: Brendan Cannon Hair and Makeup by Bobbi Bujisic
GINA GERSHON Made Immortal by her audacious film roles in cult favorites including Showgirls and Bound, Gina Gershon, still stunning at 50, is a true renaissance woman. Her accomplishments include Broadway, film, television, music albums, audio books and novels. After moving to New York City to study at NYU, she founded the theater group Naked Angels (which is still going strong after 25 years) and developed an addiction to performing. After a small role in Pretty in Pink starring Molly Ringwald, in 1988 she landed a role in the film Cocktail alongside Tom Cruise. She was critically acclaimed for her role as Nancy Sinatra in the 1992 biopic Sinatra and appeared in several episodes of Melrose Place before she stole the show as the sultry “Cristal Connors” in Showgirls. In 1996 she took on the controversial role of Corky in Bound, which helped pave her way in Hollywood. The following year she landed a role opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in Face/Off. “I was fortunate enough to play many diversified roles in film, television, and stage... not always to the liking of my managers and agents, but I always did what I wanted.” relationships… It’s when I was going to perform my album that I decided to tell the story of Cleo in between, to kind of marry the two to make it more of a performance. I would play the music and I would tell the story of Cleo, and I always said, ‘This is a true story, I’m not making this up,’ and no one ever believed it was a true story! People would be like ‘no way,’ and ‘it’s such a crazy story!’”
The Untitled Magazine caught up with Gina in New York to talk about her latest projects. She has several new films being released this year, including William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, also featuring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple, The Scribbler, Mall, LOL, The Unknown Son, Breathless, and she just wrapped the comedy Dealing With Idiots with Jeff Garlin, “an improv funny movie which should be a lot of fun…”. On top of everything else, she is celebrating the release of her second novel, In Search of Cleo, How I Found my Pussy and Lost my Mind. The book, a hilarious tale of her trials and tribulations searching for her lost cat, has her now coined as a “cat lady” despite her insistence otherwise. Gina’s story is nothing if not unique, “In my life, truth is definitely stranger than fiction.”
When she lost Cleo, “Different friends of mine would help me search for the cat, sending me to different cat psychics, or Santeria priests or some crystal man. Everyone was trying to help send me in the right direction. I found myself in some of these strange subcultures, you know, also in like cult meetings, you know, anything! I was desperate. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I was doing everything and anything I could to get my cat back!”
The novel, which she wrote in less than seven months, retells her lost cat melodrama. “In Search of Cleo, How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind was inspired by true events when my cat was taken from my home while I was away. I had to search for two and a half months to find him on the streets of LA. I ended up making an album a couple of years ago called “In Search of Cleo”, not that they were songs about my cat, but it was thematically the same thing--about what people do to in order find true love, to find
Fortunately for the lady whom, “cats kind of recognize as one of their own” she found her Cleo. We can read her hilarious “Kitty Memoir” in between checking out her numerous new film performances. When asked how she manages to produce so many different projects simultaneously, she laughed, “I don’t know how I do it—I need a vacation!” Interview, article and photograph by Indira Cesarine
Brigitte Bardot Portrait by Andy Warhol
ICONIC An icon, by definition, is an object whose image symbolizes an ideal, from beauty to strength to piety, depending on whom you ask. Over time, these images become enduring myths, transcending global zeitgeists and their respective cultural mores. Icons themselves have been the source of inspiration for a wide range of artistic genres over the course of history from the Grecian reliefs of antiquity, to early Byzantine painting to 1960s pop art. The film industry has generated a stable of such icons, who, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries have become the subjects of many a famous painting, at times even turning the painter himself into an icon, i.e. Andy Warhol. Among these stars are a handful whose timeless beauty will continue to inspire generations of artists to come. screen. She liked bookshops, and was one of the first actresses in Hollywood to establish a production house. But in the long run, the role she had to play even off the set became too heavy: “I take on Marilyn as an unbearable burden,” she said shortly before her death.
Mary Pickford, the first bona fide Hollywood star acquired iconic status for her unmistakably innocent, angelic face, which eventually coined her the nickname “America’s Sweetheart”. Her contemporary counterpart, the “divine” Greta Garbo, became known as the turbid vamp, and destroyer of men, whose elusive personality and enigmatic gaze forever shrouded her in mystery.
A different icon from the same era, though still today considered “modern”, is Audrey Hepburn. Unique in style and quirky in personality, she enchanted the world in Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday. Her sophisticated grace made her the perfect choice to play good girls in search of love. But despite the lightness of this trope, Ms. Hepburn was able to infuse her characters with unparalleled depth and dimension.
Rita Hayworth’s thick red hair and generous curves inspired the moniker “atomic bomb”. So influential was this nickname that her image adorned the experimental bombs dropped on the atoll of Bikini during the United States’ 1946 nuclear weapons tests. But her most iconic moment would have to be from the movie Gilda, where in a moment of exceptionally charged eroticism that made the forearm a forbidden fruit, she tantalizingly removed her long black satin gloves.
Equally charming and refined was Grace Kelly. Though her film career was cut short by her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, she remains to this day one of the most recognizable women of all time, iconic for her classic, timeless beauty. To many, she is perfection personified.
The 50s heralded the era of the pin-up girls, most of whom would bare more than just their arms. Among the early beauties from this period was Norma Jean Baker, who would eventually, with a name chosen by a 20th Century Fox executive, distinguish herself as the greatest female movie icon of all time: Marilyn Monroe. As Marilyn Monroe, Ms. Baker projected, not unlike James Dean, an aspect of the human being that burns with a brief albeit intense flame—like a shooting star that we can only fleetingly catch with our eyes, but the image of which is indelible. For all of her power, people often felt when watching her that she might disappear at any moment. Truman Capote described her perhaps most evocatively: “...She is like the flight of a hummingbird; only through a movie camera, or photo camera, can her poetry be expressed.”
More recently, there are three actresses who have been instrumental in putting to rest the gendered stereotypes of the 50s: Faye Dunaway, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep. During the 60s and 70s Faye Dunaway broke through into the film industry, and quickly became known as an actress whose charisma on screen was defined not by a specific brand of sex appeal, but by a substantial, commanding presence. She was born in Florida and grew up an army brat, following her father from various and disparate military bases across the country. Unlike other divas of her time, she emerged from the folds of Broadway rather than Hollywood. Her talent, combined with her captivating beauty and ineffable charm, made her extremely popular, turning her into an icon of the 60s and 70s, during which she was most active in her career.
Like many of today’s corporate-contrived celebrities, Marilyn was a creation of the managers of film production companies. Her manner of speaking with aspirate vowels, so erotic and distinctive, was the result of intense training to overcome a stammer. In her private life, Marilyn was not the dumb blonde who appeared on the
Above right: Film Still of Faye Dunaway, Above left: Meryl Streep by Andy Warhol,
the filming of the post-Vietnam masterpiece directed by Michael Cimino, she met the artist John Cazale whom she would stay beside until his death from cancer in 1978, a few months after they began their affair. In September of the same year, she got married to the sculptor Don Gummer. Then, her heart-wrenching performance in Kramer vs. Kramer earned her an Oscar. Meryl has always been on the frontlines of an accusatory battle against the Dream Factory for its lack of substantial female roles. Recently though, she came back with gusto from that conflict, playing the role of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. With her eighteen nominations for a Golden Globe, four of which hit home, Meryl Streep is one of the most awarded actresses in the film industry. So far she holds the record for nominations for the Academy Awards.
That career began to gain momentum in 1968 when she starred in three films: The Extraordinary Seaman, directed by John Frankenheimer; The Thomas Crown Affair, directed by Norman Jewison, and the Italian film Amanti, directed by Vittorio De Sica. On the set of the latter she met Marcello Mastroianni, with whom she had a brief yet infamous affair. It wasn’t until the mid-70s’, however, that the actress truly triumphed, when she starred in Network, directed by Sidney Lumet. The film was a worldwide success and showered the actress with awards, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Her frequent and seemingly alchemic collaborations with compatible directors, screenwriters and costars shaped her illustrious career, which eventually pushed her into the elite realm of iconographic women. Jessica Lange became iconic for her embodiment in film of the ‘strong woman’, and rose to fame in the 70s and 80s. While studying fine art at the University of Minnesota, she posed as a model and took acting lessons. Soon thereafter she worked to perfect the craft during an extended stay in France, and decided to make it her career. The fact that she has played 26 characters in 26 films, directed by 26 different directors, is a testament to her far-reaching capacities as an actress. At the age of 32 she starred in the transgressive movie The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), alongside Jack Nicholson, directed by Bob Rafelson. It quickly became one of her most notable films. Her execution of the role helped the movie to gain cult status, although the incendiary sex scenes and jarring depictions of violence didn’t hurt. Regarding what guides her to take on certain characters, she stated: “It comes down to something really simple: Can I visualize myself playing those scenes? If that happens, then I know that I will probably end up doing it”.
Iconographic images of people are always, as a matter of course, reflective of a tension between an ideal and the complex messiness and inherently frail biology of reality. We are magnetically drawn to such images in part because they embody at once what is for us the most basic and oft-mythologized binary: the sacred and the profane. This is true of even the earliest iconographic representations of (once or contemporaneously) living people. In early iconographic representational work this tension was subtle, even subtextual; with respect to icons from the big screen it has become a more explicit preoccupation. With the emergence of the Paparazzi and the public’s ever more instantaneous access to an apparent “reality” behind the entertainment industry’s contrivance, perceptions and receptions of contemporary icons are fraught with fascination about how the actual lives they lead relate to their timelessness. Indeed, it is precisely this fascination that has given rise to the myriad contemporary art movements that have helped to create present-day icons.
Meryl Streep became an icon almost instantaneously from the outset of her career trajectory, due to her inimitable acting style and magnetic presence. In ‘77, she got her first nomination for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her intense interpretation of the role of an abandoned girlfriend who finds a new love in The Deer Hunter alongside Robert De Niro. During
From September 10th - December 31, 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents “Regarding Warhol” which features the work of one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century including many of his iconic portraits of entertainment legends. Article by Silvio Saura, Copy Editor Marianne White
Clockwise from top left: Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Ingrid Bergman - Portraits by Andy Warhol
Film Still of Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy from “How To Steal A Million”, 1966
F I L M FAS H I O N Whenever a designer becomes involved with the production of a film, it becomes instantly more alluring. The costumes, even before anyone’s seen them, become the center of ceaseless speculation and gossip. Whether the results are good or bad (and they’re usually very good), audiences flock to the theaters because they want to see how their favorite designers will interpret and enhance the world of the film and its characters. But it’s not just the audience who is gaining something from these increasingly popular collaborations between film and fashion. High-end labels began to dabble in film in the sixties when they saw the power and sway film could have over the public. Givenchy was not the only designer who saw the growing power these young film starlets had in shaping the world of fashion. Yves Saint Laurent, who was just beginning to make a name for himself in the sixties with his new, eponymous store, also started working in film. The French designer lent his superb understanding of the sixties silhouette to films such as The Pink Panther and Arabesque. However, it was his collaboration with the young actress Catherine Deneuve on the set of Belle de Jour that rocketed Saint Laurent’s career to a level of international recognition. Much like Givenchy and Hepburn, the two developed an intimate friendship, working together on a number of films over the decades, including La Chamade, Mississippi Mermaid, Liza, Un flic, and The Hunger. The outfits Saint Laurent created for Deneuve in Belle du Jour continue to be some of the most celebrated and referenced looks in fashion. Saint Laurent’s crisply tailored, minimalist coats and dresses embody the image of the perfect Parisian girl in the late 60s. In the film, Deneuve’s character puts on the façade of being a wholesome wife, when in fact, at night she doubles as the sensuous employee of a brothel. The film is considered to be one of the most seductive movies of all time, and surely the contrast between Deneuve’s skimpy lingerie and her immaculately put together, effortlessly cool daytime ensembles only serves to highlight and enhance the beauty of Saint Laurent’s clean designs.
With the advancement of film technology, movies became an untapped resource, from which designers could not only market and sell their fashions, but also from which they could attach a certain cache and iconography from the film to their clothing. The costumes these designers made for the blockbuster films of their day have gone on to have a lifespan and impact that surpasses that of the movie itself. The costumes have become societal and cultural reference points that embody a time, feeling, and aesthetic for an entire generation. Fashion designers in film demonstrate the power clothing has not only to transcend styles and eras, but also to transport the wearer and allow him or her to step outside the quotidian. The meeting and subsequent friendship between Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn is one of fashion’s greatest and most influential stories. The pair first met in 1953 during the filming of Sabrina. Givenchy had just opened his first store in Paris and was already competing with major designers of the time such as Christian Dior. Givenchy had trained under his friend and mentor Cristobal Balenciaga before working under Lucien Lelong and Elsa Schiaparelli. Hepburn said of her friend, “Balenciaga once said the secret of elegance is elimination. I believe that. That’s why I love Hubert Givenchy… They’re clothes without ornament, with everything stripped away.” Although Givenchy created all of the incredible evening gowns in Sabrina, the Oscar was given to the legendary costume designer Edith Head who was responsible for the plainclothes looks in the movie. Givenchy was left without any credit, and although he was unperturbed, Hepburn made sure that he would receive the recognition she believed he deserved. The two went on to work together on Funny Face as well as the unforgettable Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Givenchy was responsible for the film’s iconic black sheath evening gown. Givenchy’s simple, timeless designs for Hepburn spawned a craze for the Little Black Dress that still dominates fashion to this day. Hepburn told reporters in 1956, “His are the only clothes in which I am myself.” Together Givenchy and Hepburn created a mode of style and a level of iconicity that is still unrivaled to this day.
Woody Allen’s Annie Hall defined 1970s style and continues to influence women’s fashion today. This is evident in all the ‘menswear as women’s wear’ collections that came down the runways this spring in Milan. Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall is a fashion inspiration and icon, who manages to be both casually disheveled and perfectly put together in a way that is one hundred percent original. Although Ralph Lauren is both credited and takes credit for the Annie Hall look that re-defined women’s fashion, the style is actually more accurately attributed to costume designer Ruth Morley as well as Diane Keaton—whose personal style deeply influenced the film. The reason for the Lauren misconception is that Keaton wears a tuxedo jacket and blazer by the designer and Allen wears a number of his jackets. Although Lauren isn’t quite as
Natalie Portman in costume for “Black Swan”, 2010
responsible for Annie Hall’s aesthetic as he would like viewers to believe, it is undeniable that his clothing and designs, particularly from the late 70s, embody that same androgynous, mysterious quality of Hall’s that viewers still long so desperately to capture.
designed these costumes or not is irrelevant. It is clear that his sense of design permeates both these films whether the clothes actually come from him or not. Lauren’s vision of tailored menswear and 70s Americana lent to the costumes in both these films a timelessness and strength that have carried them into modern times.
This wasn’t the first time, however, that Lauren was involved in a mis-credited costume dispute. In 1974, before his involvement in Annie Hall, Lauren took credit for the costumes worn by Robert Redford and the male cast of The Great Gatsby. The costume designer Theoni Aldridge actually sued Lauren, claiming that all he did was craft her own designs. Whether Ralph Lauren actually
Patricia Field is now a household name, but only a select few knew of the fashion designer’s work before Sarah Jessica Parker handpicked her to be the costume designer behind the fashion-driven HBO smash hit, Sex and the City. Field’s designs and sense of
Film Still of Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in “Annie Hall”, 1977
Film Still of “Belle du Jour”, 1967
style, as embodied in the four sartorially distinct leading ladies of SATC, immediately sent the fashion world into a tizzy. Bradshaw’s high-end designer closet inspired city and country girls alike to run to department stores to snap up the latest Manolo Blahnik stilettos, Fendi baguettes, and cheesy nameplate necklaces. But aside from the labels, Carrie and her friends became fashion icons, representative of all the different types of young women in the big city trying to find their way. Through her characters, Field introduced trends such as oversized flower brooches, underwear as outerwear, and single-handedly made sequins a perfectly acceptable choice for daytime. For her work on Sex and the City, Field won an Emmy and four Costume Designers Guild awards. The successes of the TV show carried over to film, where Field did the costume design for both the Sex and the City feature film and the sequel. On the big screen, Field was given a chance to showcase the women’s characteristic senses of fashion and create cinematic ensembles worthy of her four leading ladies. Through Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, Patricia Field gave a generation more than just fashion icons, she imbued her characters with a sense of fun and freedom more covetable than any pair of Manolos.
acclaim for the designs they created. Not only were they not nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design, but they were also forgotten at the Costume Design Guild awards. However, Amy Westcott, the credited costume designer for Black Swan who was responsible for Portman’s plain clothes looks, took home an award for Excellence in Contemporary Film. Westcott has also been very outspoken about the unfairness of the media attention Rodarte received for their designs, when, according to her, they actually contributed very little to the film. From Givenchy up to today, fashion designers have collaborated with filmmakers to create exclusive and inspirational pieces as well as costume wardrobes that have captivated audiences and added to the visual drama of the productions. These collaborations have proven time and again to be mutually beneficial for both the designer and the director, and have, in recent years seen an exuberant revival after decades of dormancy. The one-of-a-kind pieces created for a specific character transcend couture fashion and the technical aspects of design by adopting their own metanarrative, or story about a story. They are the ‘looks’ that evolve to become defining factors in how a film or TV series is experienced and remembered by its audience. In coming full circle, said movies and shows, often because of these outstanding designs— a memorable dress, tutu, hat or shoe line even—in turn shape years of fashion to come. To that end, designers play an important role in the history of cinema, even if they don’t receive due credit from the industry itself. Their work is memorialized not just by the ensuing iconic imagery from the film in which it’s showcased, but also by the generations of trends that are inspired by it. The talent behind these works will be judged in the long-run not necessarily by technical expertise, but by how extraordinary and momentous a single outfit can be in shaping the imagination of the public.
One of the most incredible and talked about collaborations between a fashion designer and a film in recent years would have to be Rodarte’s costumes for the film Black Swan. Natalie Portman, who stars in the film, chose her good friends, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who together form Rodarte, to help bring out the psychological torment her character experiences, and infuse it into the ballet costumes. Portman’s spectacular costumes on stage are meant to represent her character’s precarious mental state and the fine line she walks between excellence and obsession. Rodarte clearly shines through every costume, with their intense attention to detail and interest in combining darkness with beauty. Unlike Ralph Lauren, the Mulleavy sisters received no credit or critical
Article by Emily Kirkpatrick, Copy Editor Marianne White
ARTISTRY & THE
REEL LIFE An unsolved Hollywood murder mystery with an eerily familiar script. A young filmmaker pays magnificent homage to Diana Vreeland in her brother’s bedroom. A fashion designer explains how a creative short gone viral helps to democratize the way collections are viewed. Artists of various disciplines are flexing their cinematic powers and using film to communicate ideas, with compelling, evocative and beautiful results — none of which are intended for the blockbuster screen. Film continues to evolve, telling stories with a depth and an intensity that other media, artistically or commercially, cannot. The medium’s inarguable ubiquity is further increased by the proliferation of mobile video. With a smart phone, everyone is a director. For the first time, A Shaded View on Fashion Film included mobile video in its presentations this year, further blurring the lines between those who create and those who consume video content. Whether viewed in a slick art gallery, watched from a perch at a fashion show, or lazily taken in from bed on a laptop, please, do watch. L.A.-based artist Kerry Tribe has built much of her career in experimental film, with a focus on memory and recollection. Her major solo exhibition of work, Speak, Memory, which recently wrapped its Canadian premiere at The Power Plant in Toronto, is anchored by Tribe’s latest film project, There Will Be _____. In keeping with her exploration of memory, couched in the history and apparatus of film, Tribe tells the (literally) haunting story of the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.
Actually, to be clear, Tribe tells Greystone’s ghastly tale in five ways. Viewers watch as she constructs five plausible story lines (was it a double murder? A murder/suicide? Were Doheny and Plunkett lovers?), though as the murders were never solved, there is no conclusion. The film gives viewers a sense of repetition, déjà vu and the feeling of being stuck in a climax without any dénouement, as they witness the murder over and over again in its five possible incarnations.
In the late 1920’s, the owner of the mansion, Ned Doheny, and his trusted family assistant Hugh Plunkett were found murdered and the mystery of their deaths was never solved. “The mansion then became a hub of the Hollywood film industry”, explains Melanie O’Brien, curator and head of programs at The Plant. The American Film Institute used Greystone mansion for its offices before it was opened up as popular filming location. The impressive list of films shot at the mansion include The Social Network, Spider-Man, XMen, America’s Sweethearts, The Big Lebowski , Death Becomes Her, and of course, There Will Be Blood. Tribe continually harkens to this cinematic history as she tells the mansion’s story.
Below the surface, Tribe’s work is richer than its imagery. While visually impactful, it is also peppered with tongue-and-cheekisms. The actors aren’t real actors so much as they are symbols or ideas of Hollywood typecasts. The blood is almost a little too red. And the choppy, and at times arbitrary, dialogue is fully intended. The entire script, every single word, of There Will Be _____. is cut and pasted from the lines of films that were shot at the Greystone Mansion—a task that must have been obsessive for Tribe. If experimental film is at one end of the cinematic continuum, fashion films straddle somewhere between art and commercial
Kerry Tribe - Power Plant
and Pierson created a second fashion film, exclusively shown online with Vogue Italia and later French Vogue online.
interest. In fact, fashion film just may be the perfect intersection of art and commerce. When a designer is given a forum to flex their creative muscle so that their creations become characters, viewers are sold much more than clothing: they are brought into the fantasy of fashion without the confines (or daunting budget) of producing an advertising spot. At their core, persuasive fashion films make us want to buy clothing. And when done very well, fashion films launch designers to new heights.
Pierson’s inspiration for the fashion film Twin Parallel, was the birth of her own twins, and the exploration of time, space and identity. If twins are pulled apart and live different experiences in totally different spaces, how linked are their identities, if at all? That central question not only underpinned the film but also Pierson’s S/S 2011 collection. And with that rich inspiration at the core, Pierson used film to convey what a runway presentation could not.
Jayne Pierson’s first foray into fashion film as a young designer helped catapult her work to the masses. Born in Wales and raised in Dallas, she studied under the tutelage of McQueen as an undergraduate. In the fall of 2009, Pierson debuted her collection at On|Off, London Fashion Week, sponsored by Vogue.com and Lotus. In 2010, she was credited as one of Vogue Italia’s talents to watch for. The next year, her fashion film Twin Parallel (directed by Justin Anderson) won “Best Styling in a Fashion Film” in Diane Pernet’s coveted A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival. The investment required to produce the film was a wise one to make,
She lauds film’s intensity, “undiluted format and ability to allow viewers to enter a world, a microcosm of twenty minutes of mayhem. You can’t do that on a catwalk”. From a pragmatic perspective, she points out an interesting logistical concern for a designer, which is that their own runway presentation is always seen from the back of the house. Designers never experience their collection in the same way that their audience does. Film democratizes a collection’s presentation. The designer and the audience share the
Film Still of video by Eva Michon
freedom, but fashion shows are relatively short, and follow a rigid structure. For Pierson, film provides an ideal medium to tell her collection’s story in a capacity beyond what a runway presentation can afford. Silks are captured with ethereal richness and slowness. Fabrics shine a bit more illustriously. Moods and emotions run just a little bit deeper.
exact same experience of taking in the collection, from the same vantage point. Pierson touches on the inherent elitism of runway shows -- relatively small presentations to an audience of people cherry-picked to attend. She explains that those sitting in the crowds of fashion shows aren’t passively attending; they may be concerned with how they themselves look, from the shoes they are wearing, to the handbags they carry, to who is seated beside them. Pierson’s insight is bang-on: It is harder to lose oneself and become fully immersed in a runway show than it is a film, because of the pretenses associated with attending fashion shows.
Currently, Pierson is working on her S/S 2013 line and hints there may indeed be more fashion films in store. But, she clarifies, “they happen last minute, organically coming about”. Her interest in film extends far beyond the medium as a conduit to showcase her work. This fall, Pierson will begin her doctorate with a focus on costume and performance.
She continues to explain that extending a collection’s presentation beyond a runway and into a film isn’t just about democratizing the experience, which it is, but also opening up the doors for the masses. Posting a film online and encouraging it to go viral, completely opens up who sees it, no embossed fashion week invitation or industry pedigree required. A runway show is seen by a relatively select few eyeballs whereas Twin Parallel has garnered well over 12,000 views by those that have sought it out.
Toronto’s Eva Michon doesn’t design clothing, yet her cinematic interests continue to bend towards fashion. Her shorts, commissioned by designers such as Pink Tartan, CALLA, Bishop Morocco, Trust and Canadian luxury retailer Holt Renfrew, are covered with her signature narrative. Whether making music videos, fashion shorts or a fictional piece about rats in her apartment (well, quasi-fictional, the rats happened), Michon can narrate one hell of a story. She loves the decidedly optimistic medium of film. It is possible to make impactful
Logistically, runway presentations are heavily controlled. Sure, the venue, backdrop, music, lighting and casting warrant creative
Film Still from Jayne Pierson
editor smoking away and pounding at the keys of her typewriter. Michon worked closely with Holt Renfrew’s creative director at the time, John Gerhardt, and considers their creative process to be typical of most of her clients. She explains their ease and enthusiasm, “If they like it, they will tell you they love it. If they don’t like it, it’s ok, you move on”. Michon managed to balance the creative process (and surely some considerable pressure, given by the client) to produce a piece that feels interesting, slick and accessible – and is on-brand for Canada’s flagship luxury retailer.
work on a modest budget, nail a creative concept and tell a story – all in a form that is conducive to going viral. She effuses about the medium of film with passion: the minutia control of music, timing and rich base of stimulation. “So much in cinema inspires me. I am really affected by film. I am one of those people in a theatre that demands silence. I need to be fully immersed.” Her ability to tell stories and craft characters in mere minutes is uncanny, often rooted in a humble discussion with the designer. She explains how designer Rita Liefhebber first approached her in the fall of 2010 for concepts around her Spring/Summer 2011 connection with a carte blanche, ‘do whatever the hell you want’ attitude, which Michon embraces. The result is a beautiful and conceptual short that puts the focus on Liefhebber’s designs, literally, as the models are made transparent.
Perhaps the video’s success can be attributed to Michon’s ‘work with what you’ve got’ approach. She shot Mrs. Vreeland in her brother’s bedroom at their childhood home. The African artifacts staged around the room where Mrs. Vreeland (played by Michon’s mother in law, by the way) types away aren’t staged at all: they are keepsakes from when Michon’s family lived in South Africa.
In fact, this first Spring/Summer film she worked on with Liefhebber continues to be one of Michon’s favourite pieces because it was, and continues to be, so different from anything else she’s done. That particular debut video for Rita Liefhebber stands in contrast to the pithy short she did for Holt Renfrew’s fashion week opener in fall 2010, Mrs. Vreeland. The show, featuring Canadian designers Pink Tartan, Mikhael Kale, Jeremy Laing, Denis Gagnon, Smythe and more, opened with Michon’s image of the famed
Michon’s soft spoken but confident approach and iron-clad work ethic instill a level of trust and assurance in those commissioning her work, which affords her a good deal of creative freedom. She manages pressure with a soft smile and humble shrug, “I know there are expectations. I know I have to please people. I want to make things that appeal to people. If it doesn’t work out, they won’t use it and I’ll move on. I don’t get too hung up”. Article by Karen Cleveland
Aexander McQueen : Fall / Winter 2006 Combined Hologram and Set
CINEMATIC Fashion film is certainly one of the most significant developments in recent fashion direction, with designers and brands at all levels now integrating film into their marketing strategies. Its increasing significance can be viewed in commodity terms, but equally as an aesthetic in itself, so much so that global trend-forecasting agency WGSN cited Cinematic as one of its key macro trends for spring/summer 2013. Cinematic explores film’s increasing significance as a creative and commercial genre, and its emergence as a multifarious visual aesthetic. theatre curtains, through to Instagram’s rose-tinted take on reality. With Cinematic, style is to be celebrated, which perhaps explains its longstanding and ever increasing link with fashion.
Film is no longer something to be sought out. Instead it is easily accessible and digestible. Available on our smart phones, tablets and laptops, it is a significant part of our daily lives. Like it or not, we are the digital generation. Even the act of viewing through screens is now so habitual that it becomes our visual viewfinder – it becomes ‘the look’.
In the context of fashion, film is like a living mood board, one that brings a collection to life. Many seminal films are as renowned for their costume as they are for their plot. Take Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or Diane Keaton wearing Ralph Lauren in Annie Hall, regarding which costume designer Camille Benda, whose work on feature films includes UK rave story Weekender and forthcoming period picture Cheerful Weather For A Wedding, points out, “the character-led costume and strong
Cinematic ‘the look’, is a romanticized version of reality, but it is not analogous. It is conscious of the filters—a stylized reflection that acknowledges the camera’s stare. Its influence can be seen across creative mediums and right through to the product – from Chinese photographer Maleonn’s staged scenes, complete with
Alexander McQueen Fall / Winter 2003 “ Scanners”
Alexander McQueen Fall / Winter 2008 “The Girl Who Lived In A Tree “
“A film clip can tantalize and seduce a weary heart in a way that perhaps a still image can sometimes struggle with.”
aesthetic influenced street fashion long after the film came out”. Cinematic is a powerful, multi-sensory tool; ‘a frame in which the world is distilled; sharpened into a concentrated reality’. It encompasses aesthetics, lighting, colour, dialogue and sound - controlling so many of our senses with the potential to evoke intense emotional responses. Joseph Bennett, production designer of the MET’s recent Savage Beauty exhibition - a retrospective of designer Alexander McQueen’s work - says, “Film provides a time based sculptural framework that can help scene set. Visual clues and musical ciphers can all help direct the audience to those secret places. A film clip can tantalize and seduce a weary heart in a way that perhaps a still image can sometimes struggle with. It is perhaps one of the most controllable visual mediums to offer a complete narrative than any other.” Benda continues this idea by saying, that building a narrative “creates a sense of character for a garment. Hussein Chalayan’s work is an example of how the use of film can enhance a fashion collection, and communicate to an audience how important the feel of a collection is. (The audience) not only sees Chalayan’s designs on mannequins, but feels the designs, and through film, you feel the larger world that the clothing might belong to”.
risks losing its integrity. Filming pretty girls in pretty clothes does not suffice, as it is concept and narrative that really packs a punch. Surely telling a better story will undoubtedly generate a wider audience. It needn’t be traditional narrative that’s explored though, as evolution is what’s exciting here. The Beauty of a Second, a spliced together sequence of one-second movies, was luxury accessories label Mont Blanc’s digital SS/12 campaign. The company launched an open submission to the public to upload their one-second videos, and the shortlisted result was strangely evocative, which in turn pioneered a new aspect of cinematography and story.
The idea of ‘controlling and completing the narrative’ quantifies film’s increasing commercial clout. The fashion industry is one that seems to be embracing, perhaps even commandeering its use as a creative and marketing tool. Bennett says, “All art forms are more interwoven than they ever were, and with the digital ether enveloping us, one can’t escape the fact that any artist has to embrace all media and all weaponry to hand. Fashion is no different. Film is part of the arsenal”. The Business of Fashion recently reported the results from a survey conducted by the US Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which stated that almost 70% of marketers questioned were planning an increased use of digital video advertising.
With most people having access to a digital filming device, film has become a democratized art form. But it is from the idea that a different perspective, one from which the voyeur – and potential consumer, dictates the aesthetic, that things begin to become interesting. Could the layman’s view be the new view? Lucas Watson, Vice-President of Global Sales and Industry Marketing at YouTube seems to think so, as he says: This is ‘an opportunity for a new view - previously unseen views. You’ll see a revolution in terms of a new view [through amateur and co-created video].’ And so, as film becomes its latest guide, the aesthetic and the commercial are set to evolve further still.
Understanding and utilizing film’s commercial sway is to be embraced, but regarding it as purely a commodity, fashion film
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ONES TO WATCH
Annabelle Wallis | Scoot McNairy | Josh Henderson | Britt Robertson | Katherine LaNasa Peter Vack | John Cho | Gillian Jacobs | Derek Luke | Shawn Roberts | Josh Peck Kathleen Robertson | Nick Krause | Jordan Belfi | Freddie Stroma | Aaron Yoo | Grey Damon
Annabelle Wallis Age: 27 From Oxford, England Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Tony Duran
ANNABELLE WALLIS If Annabelle Wallis is a familiar face, it’s no surprise. The multilingual beauty has been making rounds in big name titles like X-Men: First Class, and the Showtime drama series The Tudors alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers. She also had a role in the 1963 throw-back series Pan Am with Christina Ricci and Kelly Garner, and a part in Madonna’s 2011 film W.E.
commercials, small films... all of those lit the way down the path to bigger things.” Unapologetic for her intense love of the craft, she confessed that if she weren’t an actress, she’d seclude herself “on a hill somewhere” and write all day long. “I love that all the nicks and grazes I get along the way add to a well of knowledge and experience I can draw from and make my work better and better.”
The 27-year-old speaks Portuguese, French, and Spanish in addition to English, and feels that acting has been part of her core since day one. “I feel that I can now say acting was in my blood. I’ve always acted, be it way back in my school plays, TV
Catch her now as “Sara”, Chris Hemsworth’s wife in Snow White & the Huntsman. Black Jacket by Dior, Hair and Make Up by Kela Wong.
Scoot McNairy From Dallas, Texas Lives “Off a dirt road in Texas” & works in Los Angeles Photographed by Indira Cesarine
Mann’s Heat as one of many favorite movies. However, Touching the Void, a tale of strife and human will, is the film that most inspires him, speaking to the notion that in his line of work “giving up is not an option”. He loves cinema for its ability to take him to different, unknown places, and to tell a story with images. Watch him over the next year as he totally dominates the silver screen in at least half a dozen films, including Killing Them Softly, 12 Years As A Slave, Directed by Steve McQueen, Gust Van Sant’s Promised Land, Dragon Day, written and directed by Jeffrey Travis, and Ben Affleck’s newest directorial endeavor, Argo.
“The little shit doesn’t matter”, says Scoot McNairy. This attitude is likely what has propelled his career forward, from acting in plays at a children’s theater in Dallas, TX, to starring alongside Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly, due out this year. He made a few stops in between, working as both a cameraman and a carpenter on sets. But it was in the early 2000s after he sparked the interest of a commercial agent, that he decided to try his hand at acting again, this time committed to basically ruling the world. Ten years later, he has an extensive list of movie and TV credits to his name (Herbie Fully Loaded, How I Met Your Mother), as well as an Indie Spirit Award for In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007). He met his wife, Whitney Able on the set of 2010’s Monsters. Gary Oldman tops his list of favorite actors, and he counts Michael
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Josh Henderson Age: 30 From Dallas, Texas Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Bell Soto
role on TNT’s remake of Dallas, and his resume includes Desperate Housewives, 90210, and the 2006 film Step Up. When asked what his most difficult scene was, Josh describes the ending scene from the first episode of the FX war drama Over There, where he played a young soldier whose convoy truck hits a roadside bomb. “In the scene my character’s leg comes off when the medic lifts me onto the stretcher. It was a very intense day on set and I knew how real of a moment it was for so many of our wounded veterans. I was emotional and overwhelmed that day.” Catch Josh Henderson in his upcoming films Rushlights and Swelter. Fashion Stylist: Christian Classen
Josh Henderson does not believe he “found acting”, but rather vice versa. “I feel that this business, in a way, found me. And I’m forever grateful because I truly believe this is what I was born to do.” Josh got his break when he was cast on the WB series Popstars 2. He emerged from the show as a member of the winning group, but soon received calls from agents who had other plans for his boyish good looks and on-screen enthusiasm. “A few agents saw me on the show and wanted to talk to me about potentially acting. I met with them and they sent me out on an audition that same day. Three weeks later I had booked a pilot and a movie. That’s when it all started!” Having worked in the industry for ten years, he’s secured a lead
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Britt Robertson Age: 22 From Charlotte, North Carolina Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Anna Cone
studio film—her breakthrough moment. She continued to take on smaller TV and film roles until 2011 when she was cast in CW’s The Secret Circle, which quickly became a hit. Despite confessing that she loved chick flicks, she cites Meryl Streep and Stanley Kubrick as a few of her biggest inspirations. Watch her charmed life continue to unfold over the next year, with The First Time, in which she stars along side Dylan O’Brien.
At age twenty-two it’s hard to say you’ve been doing anything for nearly ten years, let alone making money off of it. Unless of course you moved to Los Angeles with your grandmother at twelve to pursue an acting career, like Britt Robertson did. Growing up in small town South Carolina may also have had something to do with her itch to get to LA. Her motto “don’t look back” is something she lives by. Throughout her childhood, she was homeschooled alongside her many siblings, and acted in plays at the Greenville Little Theater. Before she knew it she landed a role in The Ghost Club, which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination in 2004. However, she considers getting a part in 2007’s Dan In Real Life—her first
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Katherine LaNasa From New Orleans Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Bell Soto Hair by Song Joo. Make up by Stella Kae
breakthrough moment as being cast in Billy Bob Thorton’s film Jayne Mansfield’s Car, which comes out this year. She was surprised when her agent called and said she nailed the lead. “I was dying to work with Billy,” she told us. “I was a huge fan of Slingblade. The experience completely changed me from the inside out. A whole new wonderful career has followed. I have Billy to thank for everything.” Catch her in a lead roll in NBC’s upcoming drama series Infamous, in the aforementioned Jayne Mansfield’s Car and in The Campaign, alongside Will Farrell, this August.
Professional-ballerina-turned-actress Katherine LaNasa boasts a long list of TV and movie credits, from episodes of CSI and Two and a Half Men to films like Valentine’s Day alongside Julia Roberts and Jamie Foxx. She was seduced by acting after marrying the late Dennis Hopper, who held castings out of their home. “I would watch the girls coming to audition and I thought they were so brave! I never really thought I’d be up to it.” Inspired by a PBS documentary on the legendary Sandy Meisner, Katherine was determined to audition to get into his classes. After much persistence, “It worked,” she says. “I think about things Sandy said every time I’m working.” Of her 20-year acting career thus far, she cites her recent
Peter Vack Age: 22 From New York City Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Anna Cone
he sometimes wishes he’d become a dancer, Peter is a child of the big screen. He’s currently shooting alongside cinema royalty Alan Rickman and Twilight star Ashley Greene for the much-anticipated CBGB, a film about the famous punk venue during the late 1970s in New York City. “Movies are like dreams,” he says “When it’s going well, there is absolutely nothing that feels better or is more fun than acting.” Look out for him in the upcoming films I Believe in Unicorns and Consent, which was written, directed and produced by Vack’s father.
Peter Vack doesn’t remember when he decided he wanted to be an actor. He does know his passion for it bloomed into an obsession when a friend invited him to a musical theater summer camp in the third grade. He spent 10 summers there, perfecting his craft under the watchful eye of his father, the actor-turned-movie producer Ron Farrar Brown. He starred in a representation of Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Public Theater in New York while in high school, an achievement he still regards as a career high and which led him to study theater at the University of Southern California. After appearing in various soaps and TV shows (As the World Turns, Law and Order, The Ghost Whisperer...), Peter landed the part of Jason Strider, the anti-hero of MTV’s Brooklyn-based comedy show, I Just Want My Pants Back. Even though he admits
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John Cho Age: 40 From Seoul, South Korea Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Indira Cesarine
film acquisition for MTV Films. But it was another comedy role in 2004 would be his most famous to date: Harold Lee in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. The stoner film has become a cult classic and spawned an entire series of films including a 3-D Christmas installment. More recently, John appeared as Sulu in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek and will reprise his role as the USS Enterprise’s helmsman in the untitled sequel, which will be released next May. Until then, we can see John wiping the memories of the masses as a “Rekall representative” in the remake of the action flick Total Recall.
Even if you haven’t heard of John Cho, you’re carrying on his legacy if you’ve ever uttered the phrase “MILF”, or gone on a quest for a White Castle. After attending school at Berkeley, John started acting with an Asian American theatre company in Los Angeles. He appeared in a handful of plays and films including a small role in American Beauty. But it wasn’t until his iconic, albeit small, role in 1999’s American Pie that he gained recognition. After gifting the world with the phrase “MILF”, John went on to have supporting roles in Evolution, Down to Earth, and Bowfinger. John garnered critical acclaim for his role in the 2002 Sundance crime drama Better Luck Tomorrow, which became the first ever
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Gillian Jacobs Age: 29 From Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Indira Cesarine
Anyone who’s watched an episode of Community featuring Gillian Jacobs’ character “Britta Perry” will immediately notice the delicate balance of sweet and sassy she has managed to perfect in her craft. Although this particular recipe can potentially typecast an actress as the perennial “bad girl”, Jacobs’ roots in theater have given her the chops to span a wider spectrum. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, performing Shakespeare with the Pittsburgh Public Theater. She went to Julliard for high school before settling in New York to work Off-Broadway, taking on roles like an oversexed drug addict in The Little Flower of East Orange, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and an assault victim in Chris Denham’s Cagelove, her performance in which received praise from The New York Times. She eventually forayed into film and TV, receiving small roles in shows like The Book Of Daniel, Royal Pains and The Good Wife. Much of the acting she’s done has called for props like a stripper pole or a crack pipe, however her work on Community shows us that she can do way more than play the wayward coquette. See her flaunt her talent this year, in Cleveland, I Love You, the next iteration of vignettes about love and loss following suit with Paris, Je t’aime and New York, I Love You. Catch her next year in Don Scardino’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone; Teddy Bears, written and directed by Thomas Beatty and Milo, by Jacob Vaughan.
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Derek Luke Age: 38 From Jersey City Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Anna Cone
DEREK LUKE to make ends meet are behind him now as he continues to land interesting and complex film parts, like “Bobbie Miles” in Friday Night Lights and “Patrick Chamusso” in To Catch A Fire, which garnered audible Oscar buzz. In 2011, Luke was cast as Dr Miles Bourdet in TNT’s medical drama, Hawthorne. This year his career is blowing up, with several theatre releases, including playing the lead in Sparkle alongside the late Whitney Houston. Also look out for him in Supremacy, and Seeking a Friend for The End of the World.
After accepting an Independent Spirit Award for his amazing performance in 2002’s Antwone Fisher, Derek Luke playfully bestowed the statuette upon his wife, whom he had pulled onstage next to him. Then he informed the crowd that the last time he had attended the Indie Spirits—in that very same room—he had been there waiting tables. Luke’s career has followed the same trajectory as many before him: a piecemeal collection of smaller acting roles and music video appearances—“Notorious” by Sean Combs and “Teenage Love Affair” by Alicia Keys, to name a few—punctuated by those dreadful stints as a waiter. The years he spent taking odd jobs
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SHAWN ROBERTS Shawn Roberts Age: 28 From Stratford, Ontario Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Indira Cesarine
release this fall, and promises plenty of survival-horror style gore and zombie-hunting. One might wonder how an actor adapts to such gruesome scenarios on screen. Shawn’s strategy for getting into character involves advice that has stuck with him since he first heard it years ago. “Be like water,” he says. “Whenever I get a script I read through the whole thing just to get a feel for the story before looking deeper into the characters. Know the story and where you fit into it. Have a human response to any particular circumstance.” Recently Shawn has begun producing in addition to acting. Look out for him in 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution.
Shawn Roberts loves zombies. At least, that’s what you’d conclude from his résumé, ranging from Diary of the Dead, Land of the Dead, and the Resident Evil film franchise. The Ontario-born actor even landed a role in the film A Little Bit Zombie. This is all a far cry from what he was doing when discovered, acting in a school theater interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. Few can claim the school auditorium as their launching pad, but Robert Forsythe was in that particular audience and he recommended young Shawn to a Toronto acting agency. He appeared on the Canadian TV series Degrassi: Next Generation shortly after. Shawn’s addiction to acting comes from his love of losing himself scene-to-scene, becoming enveloped in his character and having a new personality to embody and experiment with. He muses that he’ll always have more fun making films than anyone will have watching them. His latest film, Resident Evil: Retribution, is set for
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Josh Peck Age: 25 From Hell’s Kitchen, New York City Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Indira Cesarine
JOSH PECK him a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award. He kicked it up a notch in 2006, appearing the indie film Special, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. More recently he voiced a possum in the animated films Ice Age: The Meltdown, and subsequently Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. He admits that one of his hardest scenes of his career was in The Wackness, when he had to appear naked. Luckily baring all didn’t end up as devastating as he thought it would be. “I did 150 pushups then dropped the robe and went with God.” Keep an eye out for Josh Peck starring opposite Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson in the upcoming remake of Red Dawn out this fall.
Josh Peck settled on his path at age eight: to be a stand-up comedian. He practiced by poking fun at kids “when they peed their pants at school”, though he swears it was all in good fun. His asthma forced him to stay indoors for much of his youth, affording him many hours of old comedies and TV shows, further fueling his desire to try out his talents on stage. Eventually he attended The Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, which he described as “Hogwarts School for a bunch of musical-theater nerds, but instead of witchcraft and wizardry, we had dance and stage combat.” His mother encouraged him to move to LA when he was thirteen to pursue a role on Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show. Doing so ignited several years of wild popularity as a teen actor. Josh appeared on Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, What’s New, ScoobyDoo?, Codename: Kids Next Door, and other titles that earned
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Kathleen Robertson Age: 39 From Ontario, Texas Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Anna Cone
be no one except herself. She’s well known for taking on a diverse palette of roles, from intense political dramas to slasher flicks, to an adaptation of The Wizard Of Oz. “I love telling great stories, or the pursuit of that anyway.” Currently Kathleen is preparing to make a serious cinematic footprint in the anticipated Code Name: Geronimo, due to hit in 2013. The film chronicles the events of Osama Bin Laden’s assassination. Catch her also in the upcoming thriller Three Days in Havana.
After dusting off the sand from her infamous 90210 days and 66 episodes of George Lucas’ Maniac Mansion, Kathleen Robertson found her footing. She went from small films, theater and television to writing and producing behind the scenes. From the upcoming Your Time Is Up, in which she’ll likely also star, to the indie film Gravity Pulls, she aims to accrue more script-writing for her resume. The Ontario-born actress credits her varied accomplishments to her acting teacher, Larry Moss, and to her personal aspiration to
NICK KRAUSE Nick Krause Age: 20 From Austin, Texas Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Anna Cone
of Rock and starting up a high school science club, which is now a recognized competing force in the state-level Science Olympiad. Of his love for acting, he says: “A film is this beautiful emergent thing that needs collaboration to happen. It’s awesome to think about how much thought, effort and attention to detail goes into sustaining an entire alternate reality in the audience’s head.” When asked what he’d be doing if he wasn’t acting, he mused “I suppose I’d be playing video games at a university in Philadelphia somewhere!” Look for Nick as he finishes up his role in the series Hollywood Heights, and in the upcoming feature White Rabbit.
Citing his dad as a mentor, Nick Krause began acting at age six. He filmed How To Eat Fried Worms when he was fourteen, and at nineteen he was playing the teenage surfer son of George Clooney in The Descendants, after bribing Alexander Payne with Cheetos at the audition for the role. “When The Descendants was released it turned my world upside down in the best way possible,” he explained. During filming he felt intimidated to “stretch his acting chops” in front of George Clooney. “Like any other day, though, I walked onto the set, went with the flow and tried to relax as much as possible. Everything went better than expected!” Beating stage fright and taking on a leadership role has never been a problem for Nick. His life before fulltime acting included touring with the School
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Jordan Belfi Age: 33 From Los Angeles Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Anna Cone
JORDAN BELFI If Jordan Belfi looks familiar, it’s because he’s everywhere. The LAborn actor stars in titles like HBO’s Entourage, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, and the 2009 film Surrogates with Bruce Willis. His obsession with cinema began as a child when he found himself “wrangling all the other kids from the neighborhood” to be in his homemade movies and reading the plays his father recommended. As a film major at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, he simultaneously performed in and directed theater while attending classes. After directing and acting in his senior thesis film, he returned to LA in possession of his first real production credit. Jordan has nothing but enthusiasm when it comes to reminiscing about his big break on Entourage. “Playing the role of Adam Davies for six seasons and working on a show for a network with the prestige of HBO was special. The freedom they give to the creators of their shows to execute their vision results in series that have a unique voice, and thus interesting, powerful content.” He counts himself both grateful for and aware of the rare opportunity he had to be involved in a show so influential and closely followed. “People on the street would literally quote my lines back to me. It was such a tangible example of the tremendous reach of the medium, and of people being affected by, and enjoying your work.” See Jordan Belfi next in Pawn with Michael Chiklis and Forrest Whitaker, Chlorine opposite Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D’Onofrio, and The Millionaire Tour alongside Dominic Monaghan.
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Freddie Stroma Age: 25 From London, UK Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Indira Cesarine
FREDDIE STROMA the midst of his busy shooting schedule, to finish his degree in neuroscience from University College of London. While his degree serves as a solid fall-back plan, it doesn’t look like he’s quitting the acting scene anytime soon. He’ll be appearing in the forthcoming film Perfect Pitch, about two rival college campuses and their respective dueling a capella troupes, due out on October 5th. You can also catch him in The Philosophers alongside fellow Harry Potter alum Bonnie Wright.
The circumstances leading to Freddie Stroma’s breakthrough into acting seem as charmed as the life of his character “Cormac McLaggen” in Harry Potter. At 17 he got into London’s prestigious National Youth Theater. One year later he went on an audition he learned about through the organization, and just like that, he landed a recurring role in one of the biggest movie franchises in history. This mild tempered Brit, who lives by the motto “manners maketh man”, got thrust quickly into the spotlight over the past seven years since his start thanks to Harry Potter. Still he managed, in
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Aaron Yoo Age: 33 From Dallas, Texas Lives in Hollywood, CA Photographed by Anna Cone
AARON YOO They say you have to suffer for your art. Aaron Yoo says he already has. Immediately following an invasive abdominal surgery, he hung upside down from the ceiling for his gruesome death scene in a remake of Friday The 13th (and this was after sitting in a cast of plaster to construct a body double that didn’t work out). That’s probably not what he was imagining when he was gearing up for his acting career as a kid in Dallas, watching his minister father preach from the pulpit. He admits to having felt captivated by the notion of that congregation audience. From New York theater to TV shows, and finally the big screen, Aaron climbed the ladder one rung at a time, claiming there were times he “couldn’t mug an audition at gunpoint.” After landing a role alongside Shia LaBeouf in Disturbia, things started looking up. He stayed motivated through his admiration of classic talent like Bruce Lee, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn, all of whom hold poster real estate on his bedroom wall. Modern idols include Mogran Freeman, “he’s never anything short of brilliant, ever.” and Johnny Depp. Falling in love on set, being doused in fake blood for days at a time, and putting his all into each film project as if it were the last-ever are his on-set confessions. His adoration for cinematic beauty and “above all, a good story” make it clear that his passion for film is tangible... just don’t ask him what his favorite movie is. “It really is impossible to pick just one.” Look out for Aaron in any number of his upcoming projects, from Ten Year to Kid Cannabis and McCannick. Aaron wears a sweater by Nicholas K Garrett, jeans by Acne, boots by Hugo Boss, t-shirt by RA-RE, & belt Red Monkey Design. Fashion Stylist: Shelli Moore Grooming by Kristin Heitkotte @ Frank Moore & Alexis Swain @ Celestine Photographed at The Custom Hotel in Los Angeles.
Grey Damon Age: 24 From Bloomington, Indiana Lives in Los Angeles Photographed by Indira Cesarine
GREY DAMON containing his favorite love scenes and confesses to falling in love on set every time he’s feeling a connection with another artist. He knows what it’s like to prepare thoroughly for a scene, only to find the director’s undertones contradict his preparation, but he keeps a few words of wisdom in mind for frustrating moments like those: “When things get tough I like to say to myself, ‘Dude, stop being an asshole, nothing is ever as bad as you think.’ It’s not always true, but it helps.” See Grey Damon in the 2013 film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which he just finished filming.
If Grey Damon wasn’t acting he’d be a cartoonist, “or a ninja,” he says. But he’s an actor, and a rising one. He debuted on the CW’s 90210 and has landed roles in ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights, Greek, and 10 Things I Hate About You. He appeared in the 2010 horror/thriller The Devil Within, which opened up room for darker genres in his career. That same year he appeared as Kitch Maynard in the HBO series True Blood and NBC’s Friday Night Lights, along with a few cameos in CW’s The Secret Circle. His most noteworthy appearance—and the reason fans stop him in the street—was in the 2011 ABC Family series The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Grey’s mother encouraged his thespian ambitions from a young age. A romantic at heart, he cites The Notebook as the film
Grey wears a jacket by Dr. Martens & shirt by Kill City. Fashion Editor: Cannon Grooming by Sydney Zibrak @ Wallgroup Photographed at The W Hotel in Hollywood.
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JOANNA KULIG Joanna Kulig Age: 30 From Poland Photographed by Indira Cesarine in New York City
director, in that exact scenario. As for her love affair with cinema? “In the movie theatre you get transferred to a totally different world, and that allows you to forget the real one. Unfortunately since I became an actress and know all of the technical details… some of this magic is lost for me forever.” The Untitled Magazine caught up with her while she was in New York for the premiere of Elles at The Tribeca film Festival. Her highly charged performance in the controversial fillm also starring Juliette Binoche is not to be missed. Also catch her alongside Ethan Hawke in The Woman in the Fifth, which premiers this September. In 2013 you’ll spot her in Hansel & Gretel: The Witch Hunters.
Polish actress Joanna Kulig knows that a little language barrier isn’t enough to keep her from executing a brilliant role. She learned to speak fluent French in just a few months for her roles in both Elles and The Woman in the Fifth—movies she was offered parts in when Małgośka Szumowska and Paweł Pawlikowski spotted her at a prestigious film festival in Poland. Joanna was being recognized at the event for her role in Grzegorz Pacek’s Wednesday, Thursday Morning. For this reason, it’s Pacek’s film that she notes as her big break. No stranger to intensity in front of the camera, Joanna’s debut on the big screen revealed some the hardest scenes in her career thus far. “I performed the part of a terminally ill teenager who wants to experience different aspects of love before she dies… including the physical. It was also hard because it contained my first nude scene ever.” When asked about falling in love on the job, she explained that she fell for her now-husband, a script-writer and
Joanna wears a lace dress by Temperley, cape as skirt by Jac Langheim, tights by Wolford, necklace by Chrishabana, & snake skin belt by YSL. Fashion Editor: Jackie Astier Hair by Anja Grassegger @ Factory Downtown, Make up by Carolina Dali.
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Isabelle McNally From New York & Paris, France Lives in New York City Photographed by Indira Cesarine
at her Upper East Side high school. Regarding those times, she recites Mark Twain’s infamous quote, “Don’t let school get in the way of your education.” This year she’s revving up for a future on the silver screen with upcoming releases Not Waving But Drowning and Greetings from Tim Buckley this year, followed by Indigo Children in 2013, which is slated to be her most intense performance yet. Catch her as she ascends from party princess to indie film icon.
Isabelle McNally is the daughter of downtown-defining restaurateur Keith McNally—the man responsible for the famed Balthazar and Pastis among others. She’s also a staple in New York’s party circuit, though when Nylon Magazine dubbed her an “It-Girl” in 2008, she remarked, “Isn’t It a character from The Addams Family?” Fluent in French and possessed with a love for cinema, the aspiring actress has appeared in 2009’s Passing Strangers and 2010’s Struck. Isabelle did some modeling for retailer Urban Outfitters and clothing line Obesity & Speed, and she served as a muse and campaign face to Earnest Sewn’s denim diffusion line in 2008. Isabelle grew up between Paris and New York due to her father’s traveling and was something of a self-proclaimed problem child
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Alexia Rasmussen Age: 27 From Los Angeles Lives in New York City Photographed by Indira Cesarine
ALEXIA Alexia Rasmussen must be exhausted. In the past two years alone, she’s racked up nine movie credits, one of which, The Comedy, was entirely improvised from first scene to last—something she describes as quite a humbling experience. The collaborative aspects of film, the “idea that for something to happen, everyone needs to show up and be prepared for an adventure. Ready with ideas,” is what she loves the very most about acting. It comes as no surprise that the young LA native went to acting school at NYU’s Tisch, where she studied theater. Her career has so far included a number of impressive performances. Among them is 2010’s Mary Last Seen, a short which became so successful that it was adapted into the critically acclaimed, Martha Marcy May Marlene. Her role as Ariana, a young deaf woman who provides inspiration to a musician in Listen To Your Heart snagged her a nomination at the International Film Festival in Pasadena, CA. Despite Rasmussen’s abundance of talent, she doesn’t take herself too seriously, and is ever mindful of the motto “fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke”. Growing up, she aspired to play softball rather than act in films, and if she weren’t acting now? She’d be a writer. It seems she chose the right profession though. She has a handful of movies coming out this year and next, including the indie flick Kilimanjaro and Marshall Lewy’s drama, California Solo, which was selected this year at Sundance.
Alexia wears a dress by Cheng-Huai-Chuang & hat by Bailey of Hollywood. Hair by Zaiya Latt @ Bryan Bantry. Make up by Jillian Halouska @ Bryan Bantry.
ELVY YOST Elvy Yost Age: 24 From Santa Monica Lives in New York Photographed by Indira Cesarine
Since she can remember, Elvy Yost knew she wanted to become an actress. She landed her first professional theater job at the age of 17, and by 19 had graced the silver screen, playing a Cellist in the movie Bandslam along side the likes of Lisa Kudrow and Vanessa Hudgens. After performing in Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice with the California Shakespeare Theater, she relocated to LA. Soon thereafter she was given a role in The Office, and more recently in Mildred Pierce. She draws inspiration from classic movies, such as the notorious telephone scene from it’s A Wonderful Life, as well as classic beauties like actress Cate Blanchett. However, she clued us into her all time favorite movie Amadeus not by revealing its title but rather by quoting “They’re all so beautiful. Why don’t I have three heads?” Her aesthetic inclinations are as varied and diverse as her career. She counts Edith Head and Cecil Beaton as a few of her favorite designers, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a place of refuge, where she loses herself in the paintings of Jean BastienLepage. While she loves the focus that cinema both provides and requires, if she weren’t acting then she would be either singing or planting trees. For now though, she’ll stick to her goal of “seeing the world through as many eyes as possible”. Look out for her in the forthcoming films, Lightyears and I Am Ben, or catch her live as Juliet, in the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
This page: Elvy wears a black jacket by Renzo+Kai & a hat by Bailey of Hollywood. Opposite page: She wears a shirt by Stijlus, skirt by BCBG Maxazria, & Wolford tights. Hair by Shawn Mount @ Factory Downtown Make up by Bobby Bujisic @ Judy Casey
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MARTINO Eva Amurri Martino Age: 27 Lives in New York City Photographed by Indira Cesarine
Trekking down the same thespian trail her A-list mother Susan Sarandon blazed, 27-year-old Eva Amurri started acting early. It’s not uncommon for starlets to get their sparkle on at a young age when mom and dad are in the business, not to mention her grandfather and aunt who are both screenplay writers. Eva auditioned for roles in films her parents were cast in until going solo at age fourteen and firing up her own inventory of titles. “I’ve been around the business since I was a baby,” she recalls, “and I’ve been a part of it for over twenty years.” Of her two decades in the spotlight, the newly-married actress pointed out one of her defining career moments: working on the movie Saved!, a cult favorite where she co-starred as a Jewish outcast in a Christian high school. Eva remains in awe of how the film’s various themes were tangible enough to help viewers overcome some hard times of their own. Eva puts heavy emphasis on individuality. “Be yourself. Everybody else is taken” are words she lives by. That doesn’t stop her from daydreaming about becoming Kate Winslet if she could be any other actress. The New York-born actress confessed to loving Kate for being a stellar mom and a brilliant actress. When she’s not on-screen, Eva’s a film lover herself, calling out Waiting For Guffman as one of her all-time favorites thanks to the “genius” of Christopher Guest. “The acting, the story, the way it’s shot. I’ve seen it about a hundred times and I still love it.” Look out for her on the big screen in 2013’s drama Mothers Day.
NOAH BEAN Noah Bean Age: 33 From Boston Lives in New York City Photographed by Indira Cesarine
While acting may seem like a profession reserved for the extroverted, Noah Bean’s interest was born of a need for social therapy. As an intensely shy student obsessed with Point Break and Major League, he landed in an acting class one day, surprised to find that a pre-written script and scenario allowed him to come out of his shell. “There was something in the freedom of pretending to be someone else and allowing myself to interpret that character through my body and voice that unlocked something in me,” he explained. “It wasn’t about getting attention or praise. It was about just feeling that I was a conduit for someone else.” Theater holds a special place in Noah’s heart, so much that he wouldn’t hesitate to return to the stage if the project was exciting enough. He also co-runs a theater company called Stage 13. He studied theater in Boston University and in London at the Royal Academy before coming to New York City and landing a role in the 2007 drama Damages alongside Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. He also made cameos in shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Crumbs, and Nikita. Regarding mentors, he explains that the most inspirational actors are the passionate thespians doing projects in downtown theaters. “Mostly it’s my friends in New York who started out the same time as I did.” Look for Noah Bean this year in the upcoming film Black Marigolds and in the ongoing series Damages. Noah wears Dior Homme. Grooming by Jillan Halouska @ Bryan Bantry
JOSEPH SIKORA Joseph Sikora Age: 35 From Chicago Lives in New York City Photographed by Indira Cesarine
“Who doesn’t want to be an actor or a rockstar?” answered Joseph Sikora when he told us why he wanted to get into the acting business. While Joseph will be the first to admit that he isn’t the greatest vocalist, after twenty-four years in the acting industry he certainly is accomplished. With past roles that include the critically acclaimed movie, Shutter Island, Safe, and television shows such as Boardwalk Empire, and White Collar, it’s clear that Sikora has come a long way from his first acting job in the play of The Little Prince in a small theater in the suburbs of Chicago. His breakthrough moment occured while working on the HBO series called Normal when fellow actor Tom Wilkinson gave him the advice, “all you have to do is think the line and the camera will read it.” Joseph took that advice as “when you commit to what you want to express it doesn’t take much for it to read on film.” Sikora considers the entertainment industry a humbling experience, in particular handling all the rejection. A man of many abilities, he often does his own stunts, and considers his stunt work on set of the Joe Charbanic’s film The Watcher one of his most challenging scenes ever. If he had to choose a different career, he would have been a fire fighter, but he has stuck to acting, stating, “Acting is an ancient art, a mystic tradition that has the ability to inform, teach, inspire, destroy… it’s a powerful form of art”. Look out for Sikora in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming film Jack Reacher also starring Tom Cruise this winter. Joseph wears a suit by Timo Weiland, Shirt by Sandro, & silk scarf by Sons of Heroes. Grooming by Giovanni Giuntoli @ Maxine Tall Management
Gina Rodriguez Age: 27 From Chicago Lives in New York Photographed by Indira Cesarine
GINA RODRIGUEZ an impromptu rap session. Less than a week later, she was in the studio, preparing for her role as Majo Tonorio. Gina’s gripping performance in the film created a lot of buzz at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and she was crowned as one of the “Sundance It-Girls” of the festival, following in the footsteps of Brit Marling, Elizabeth Olsen and Carey Mulligan, to name a few. After the festival, she signed a talent deal with ABC and has a handful of films in the works, including California Winter, Sleeping with the Fishes, and Snap, which will see her reunited with her Filly Brown director Youssef Delara and writer Victor Teran. Be on the lookout for Gina in Filly Brown this fall—it’s a performance you won’t want to miss.
A quick Internet search doesn’t turn up much on 27-year-old Gina Rodriguez, yet. That’s all about to change with the fall release of the Sundance hit, Filly Brown, in which she has the starring role. Before her Sundance premiere, Gina grew up in Chicago and moved to New York to study acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She honed her acting skills both on stage and on television, landing roles in shows like Army Wives, The Bold and The Beautiful, and Law and Order. But it was her memorable portrayal of the super sassy Gina in 2011’s Go For It! that helped her land the starring role in Filly Brown, a film about a young hip-hop artist in Los Angeles, struggling to make it. Hip-hop was never something Gina doggedly pursued, but growing up in Chicago it was a part of her life. So when she showed up for the audition to Filly Brown, she wowed the casting directors with
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ALEXIA LANDEAU Alexia Landeau From New York City & Paris, France Lives in Brooklyn, New York Photographed by Indira Cesarine Alexia Landeau, (Moonlight Mile, Marie Antoinette), understands that longevity in the acting industry requires exceptional foresight and fortitude. This is why she knows that a girl must occasionally make roles happen for herself, instead of waiting around for the phone to ring. To that end, she recently teamed up with long time friend Julie Delpy to co-write and co-star in Two Days In New York, the follow up to 2007’s Two Days In Paris. Although she grew up in Paris, she considers herself a New Yorker at heart, and resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Guilhem de Castelbajac, and their son. Despite the disadvantages of starting at an older age than most, the years she spent honing other skills such as writing have clearly paid off. Besides, she remarks, “Everyone moves at their own personal velocity”. There are many folks to whom she looks for inspiration, including Marion Cotillard, who, “gets to have a baby and work with Jacques Audiard and Christopehr Nolan—all in the course of twelve months!” and Marlon Brando, whose performance in Streetcar Named Desire she’s watched over twenty times. However, if she weren’t acting? She says she would be a Jungian Therapist. A number of her own film projects are already in the works, including Swimming Pool, which Rosemary DeWitt has signed on to. She is also slated to star in The Business, directed by Casavettes, which begins shooting this fall.
Alexia wears a dress by Renzo+Kai, & top hat by Bailey of Hollywood. Hair by Zaiya Latt @ Bryan Bantry. Make up by Jillian Halouska @ Bryan Bantry.
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Vincent Kartheiser Age: 33 From Minneapolis, Minesota Lives in New York City Photographed by Indira Cesarine
Vincent Kartheiser first discovered acting at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, where he grew up with his six older siblings. He says that his older sister is to thank for igniting his interest in the pursuit that he would come to follow for 27 years. He’s best known for his Mad Men character Pete Campbell. His favorite directors are Hal Ashsby, John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh, and he loves everything that Gary Oldman has ever been in. He jokes that he’s always asking Jon Hamm, John Slattery and Jared Harris to be his mentors, but they’re always turning him down. When asked if he has any words of wisdom to live by, he said frankly, “I have many mottos that I say, but don’t necessarily live by them.” However, he has been quoted as a self-described vegetarian, who has opted not to have children, having humorously described both decisions as “green choices.” The artists Odd Nerdrum, Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko affect him with particular force, and John Vavartos is his favorite menswear designer. He notes that the thing he loves most about cinema is “how it’s a collaboration of many artists’ point of view all combined to create one singular vision.” So, why acting? According to him, there aren’t many choices. “I’m addicted”, he says. “I can’t live without it.” Catch him on Mad Men and in the forthcoming film Beach Pillows, set in Long island and directed by Sean Hartofilis. Fashion Editor: Jackie Astier Grooming by Jillan Halouska @ Bryan Bantry He wears a jacket by Sons of Heroes, jeans by Dior Homme, & shoes by Dr. Martens.
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LILY COLE Lily Cole Age: 24 From Devon, England Lives in London, England Photographed by Eitan Lee
When she’s not shooting a major campaign, studying up a storm, or researching the business ethics of a potential brand to work with, being an avid champion of fair practices by retail companies, the model, Cambridge student and gorgeous redhead Lily Cole is racking up credibility in the acting world. She made waves in both the cinema and fashion industries when news hit that she would be cast as Valentina in 2009’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus alongside Jude Law, Heath Ledger, and Johnny Depp. It wasn’t a bad deal for her first major big screen appearance, and, incidentally, she would be the last actress to appear on screen with Heath Ledger.
After seeing the film in its entirety, Lily explained that she felt emotional upon viewing her scenes with Heath. “I hadn’t seen him in over a year, and I’d been so hurt by what had happened. Though it was really nice to see him on screen... and see him playing a character that was so familiar to me.” Since the release of Imaginarium her projects have included films There Be Dragons, The Mother Diaries, and 2012 Cannes Film Festival entrant Confession of a Child of the Century. Catch her now in Snow White and the Huntsman, alongside Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth.
Jack Derges Age: 25 From Devon, England Lives in London, England Photographed by Indira Cesarine
Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness. He considers the latter his breakthrough, which he manifested less than two years after finishing drama studies at ArtsEd. Jack’s passion for theater is evident when asked to pick his favorite performer. “There are so many brilliant actors around at the moment, but for stage, there is no doubt. It’s Mark Rylance. Having the privilege to witness his work first hand… that’s what it must have been like to watch Olivier play Hamlet on stage. He’s a living legend.” Watch out for Jack Derges in the horror-thriller film Passengers as well as Switch, ITV’s upcoming comedy-drama and Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness.
When Jack Derges starts to lose his motivation he relies on a favorite quote to reassert the importance of a solid work ethic. “No one who can rise before dawn three hundred and sixty days a year fails to make his family rich,” he recites. The diligent actor recently finished working on the film Passengers, for which he and the cast had to “reach into some very dark places in order to achieve what we knew the script required.” The film explores an intense palette of fears and examines the human mind in panic mode through the eyes of intoxicated young music lovers. “It was the most rewarding project i have worked on to date, and I can’t wait to see the finished product,” he remarked. Aside from his new film, he appears periodically in the BBC series Casuality, where he enjoys spending on-set time with his actress girlfriend Madeleine Mantock. He also has a lead role in 2012’s
Jack wears a sweater and scarf by IZZUE Menswear. Grooming by Elliot Bssila @ DWM
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Taser Hassan Age: 22 From Kent, England Lives in London, England Photographed by Indira Cesarine
Although he’s only officially worked in the industry for one year, Taser Hassan began taking acting classes when he was just a kid, following in the footsteps of his life-long mentor, actor and father Tamer Hassan (Batman Begins, Eastern Promises). Recently, he was handed the script for the soon to be released Philosophers, and had to learn and read for his character, Nelson, in three days. Living by his own motto, “the hard work beats the talent if the talent doesn’t work hard”, he poured his energy into honing the part, and, after nailing the audition, knew he’d found his calling. When he’s not watching or playing football, his other first love, he enjoys classic dramas like Scarface, and looks up to actors like Jonhy Depp whom he respects for his ability to play both realistic and fantastical characters. However, his ultimate goal is to follow in the footsteps of Christian Bale as “Batman”. In his closet you’ll find All Saints and Louis Vuiton, and in his earbuds the beats of J Cole and Frank Ocean, to name a few of his current favorite musicians. Expect to see more of this talented actor, but in the meantime keep your eyes peeled for Philosophers, due out this year.
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JACK GUINNESS Age: 26 Lives in London, England Photographed by Indira Cesarine Jack Guinness When Age: 26 Jack Guinness was five years old, his father asked him heEngland wanted to be when he grew up. “An actor, or an From what London, Lives in London, England “If this doesn’t work out,” he told us, “I’m elephant”, he replied. Photographed Indira Cesarine an elephant.” going to lookbyinto becoming
With fond memories of performing Shakespeare while at Cambridge and what he refers to as a few near-misses on major films as a teenager, Jack doesn’t believe he’s had his big break yet. A romantic at heart, his favorite love scene is from Buffalo 66, when Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci are shot from overhead, slowly moving toward one another. “I nearly bought a giant still of it from him a few years ago. I regret not buying it, but it was bloody huge.” As for fellow actors worth emulating? “Someone told me recently that ‘everyone has their own path’. So as tempting as it is to be envious of other people’s careers (Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy spring to mind), it’s best to just enjoy their work and stay on your own course.” When asked about career highlights thus far, he cited the robot Spike Jonze based on him in his short I’m Here. He added, “If I ever get to play an elephant that would be a childhood dream fulfilled.” Look out for Jack Guinness in his upcoming theater performance of La Ronde with London-based theater company Foreign Affairs, as well as in the short Second Circle directed by Indira Cesarine and on the big screen with Sadie Frost in a yet to be released feature.
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Jack Fox Age: 26 Lives in London, England Photographed by Indira Cesarine
Fourth son of renowned British actor James Fox, Jack Fox is carrying the Fox family torch down the same trail they’ve been blazing for generations. His Grandfather, Robin Fox, was a theatrical agent, while his uncles are actor Edward Fox and producer Robert Fox. An avid twitter-user, Jack lists himself as “Son of Actor James Fox and Nurse Mary Fox. Actor and healer?” He appeared in the British TV series Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant in 2009 and Inspector Lewis in 2010 before scoring a recurring role in the 2011 series Fresh Meat. He recently appeared in a short entitled Beast in 2011. Look out for him this year as Private White-Bowne in the BBC mini-series Privates, which he recently wrapped in Ireland.
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Luke Brandon Feild Age: 23 From Paddington, England Lives in Hampstead, England Photographed by Indira Cesarine
LUKE BRANDON FEILD He’s no stranger to emotions on-camera, but Luke Brandon Field knows the value of separating work from personal affairs. Even in the midst of what he described as a “taxing” break up he kept a self-proclaimed razor focus on acting. “It made me realize how important it is to leave your problems aside when working, to really give a true performance. Being clouded by your issues isn’t beneficial to any party.” After being awarded a scholarship to UCLA for Drama and Film, Brandon jumped into the industry and scored a lead role in the indie film Where The Road Meets The Sun. His poetic visage lends itself well to dramas, but his resume boasts a diverse list of roles. “I love cinema,” he told us, “It’s a great tool for educating and entertaining people. As an actor you play roles that can really expand your mind and challenge you.” But if he wasn’t acting? “I joke that I’d be a doctor, but I’d like to have worked in music management.” Look out for him alongside Vinnie Jones and Michael Madson in Magic Boys, and the upcoming drama Be Okay. Luke wears leather motorcycle jacket, knit jumper & hat by Asher Levine Grooming by Elliot Bssila @ DWM
CLARK Sophie Kennedy Clark From Scotland Lives in London, England Photographed by Morgan O Donovan
Actress, model, and daughter of Scottish singer Fiona Kennedy, Sophie Kennedy Clark is paving her way to the top. Despite coming from a musical family, her compass pointed toward acting, and now she can boast being bitten on the neck by a vampire version of Johnny Depp in the comedy-thriller Dark Shadows. “I’ve only been working in the industry for a year and a half so I’m still fairly new... but I definitely know I’m in the right job. I’ve wanted to be an actress as far back as I remember. In the early days my acting predominantly took place in my parent’s kitchen in the form of plays and impromptu musicals. I come from a very fun and creative family so these kinds of activities were always encouraged.” Her on-screen presence is captivating, and she can easily move between comedy and drama. She recounts her big break as landing a role in BBC1’s series Single Father. Her favorite actresses are Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton, and Maggie Smith. When asked what she adores about cinema, Sophie answers, “other than popcorn, I love that cinema is just a bunch of strangers in a room who have all paid to sit next to each other and be openly prepared to share an experience of laughter, tears, and a few hours of escapism. They leave their drama outside and absorb the one on the screen. It’s a very cool thing.” Don’t miss Sophie Kennedy Clark in the yet to be released thriller, Incy Wincy Spider.
Sophie wears a coat by Tick Tock Vintage & dress by Topshop. Fashion Stylist: Lisa Marie Price Hair and make up by Athena Skouvakis.
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Natalie Dormer’s ethereal persona took the world by storm with her appearance as Queen Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series The Tudors, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The actress admits this was a breakthrough for her, though she’s also known for her role in the 2005 film Casanova and her more recent appearance in the wildly popular HBO series Game Of Thrones. “I love the magic of being emerged in a visual story that transports you momentarily, yet completely, away from your own life.” Originally her family’s proclaimed academic hopeful, Natalie applied to drama school after misreading a question on her A-level exam and finding herself ineligible for Cambridge. She began her drama studies at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Now eight years in, she admits there was never a plan B after the decision to pursue acting materialized. Her passion for the craft has afforded her exciting, but also intense experiences. “I once shot an underwater car crash scene. We had scuba tanks and shot all day in a freezing swimming pool. It was a relief when the cinematographer pointed out that my lips were blue and we should probably take a break.” Watch out for Natalie Dormer in the third season of Game Of Thrones, as well as an A Long Way From Home, an independent film she is currently working on with actor James Fox.
Natalie wears a silk kimono by Mishka Vintage, and a ring by Lara Bohinc. Photographed at The Crazy Bear Membersâ€™ Club, Covent Garden, London
Natalie wears a white netting ruffle by Pam Hogg with a white silk knit top with pearl trim by Camilla and Marc, pearl and diamond ring by Erickson Beamon, gold chain/coin bracelet by Carol Tannanbaum, and diamond bracelet with circular drops by Erickson Beamon.
Natalie wears a gold lame dress by Tahir Sultan, bronze ring by Carole Tannanbaum
Natalie wears a feather dress by Jeffrey Michael and a diamond headpiece by Erickson Beamon.
Fashion Editor: Alison Elwin Make-up by Nat Van Zee @ Naked Artists Hair by Elliot Bssila @ DWM Management
RED CARPET DRAMA Beauty Editor: Bernadine Bibiano Fashion Editor: Indira Cesarine Make up by Bernadine Bibiano @ Judy Casey Hair by Miok @ Judy Casey From the days of vintage Hollywood to the late 1980s, there was an accepted standard for photogenic red carpet jewels: bigger was better. The massive iceberg diamonds on the necks, wrists, and ear lobes of starlets were in direct correlation with the barrage of camera flashes, rampant editorial admiration, and most importantly, a sharp spike in credibility for the top tier jewelers post-event. But as old world Hollywood’s elitist guidelines are cross-bred with the indie fashion culture, artistic innovation and an emphasis on individuality, ‘creativity’ has become the new code for A-list appearances. From bangles in the shape of amphibians to hand rings that resemble lethal weapons, jewelers are adopting the use of more diverse materials and conceptual designs. While remaining timeless, heritage jeweler Garrard’s red carpet offerings now include interwoven deer antlers and black diamondencrusted flame motifs inspired by the “Great Fire of London”. Cartier’s Sortilege de Cartier, launched in 2011, embodies color and movement with the dynamic inclusion of tassels and beads, while hues of cabochon yellow and fresh aquamarine amp up the impact. Stephen Webster conceptualized cuff bracelets modeled after shark jaws that clamp elegantly to the arm, and a series of extravagant jeweled pendants that represent the seven deadly sins. A recent addition to the red carpet jewelry It-crowd, bespoke goldsmith Sabine Roemer took the concept one step further with a diamond and emerald iteration of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 prison bracelet, which Morgan Freeman wore to the Oscars for his Invictus nod. A new age of red carpet jewelry has arrived, and while the eye catching drama is alive and well, the generic diamond rush has been overhauled in favor of individuality and artistry. Photographer Warwick Saint captured a stunning selection of some of our favorites, worn by model Bekah Jenkins on the following pages.
Fire of London diamond earrings by Garrard. Makeup by YSL. Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation in Beige Rose Blush Radiance in #1 Vernis A Levres Lipstain in Rouge Laque Ombres Duolumieres in Silver Moire/Black Flannel Shocking Effet Faux Cils Eyeliner Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking in Noir Profond La Laque Couture Nails Polish in #1 Rouge Pop Art
Gold and diamond horse bracelet by David Webb. Makeup by Tom Ford Traceless Foundation in Pale Dune Cheek Color in Flush Lip Color in True Coral Eye Color Quad in Emerald Lust Extreme Mascara Nail Lacquer in Ginger Fire
Ruby ring with diamond pave by Garrard. Makeup by Tom Ford Traceless Foundation in Pale Dune Cheek Color in Narcissist Lip Color in Aphrodisiac Eye Color Quad in Enchanted Extreme Mascara Nail Lacquer in Minx
Black and white tassle necklace by Stephen Webster. Makeup by Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Cream Compact Foundation in # 22 Beige Rose Joues Contraste Powder Blush in #68 Rose Ecrin Le Crayon Khol Noir #61 Levres Scintllantes Glossimer in Imaginaire Les 4 Ombres Quad Eye Shadow in Vanities. Inimitable Intense Mascara Multi Dimensionnel Sophistique in #10 Noir Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vendetta
Gekko ring with diamonds and ruby by Sabine Roemer Makeup by Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Cream Compact Foundation in #22 Beige Rose Joues Contraste Powder Blush in #68 Rose Ecrin Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Amarante Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Rivoli #21 Chanel Levres Scintllantes Glossimer in Imaginaire Les 4 Ombres Quad eye Shadow in Vanites Inimitable Intense Mascara Sophistique in #10 Noir Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vamp
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Vanessa Hudgens Blow Up Dial M for Melissa Gatsby Girl Lost Two for the Road 9 1/2 Weeks Dangerous Liasons Second Circle The Butterfly Collector Pret A Paris
A S S S E N E N A G V UD H Fashion Editor Cannon Make up by Stephen Dimmick @ Aim Artists Hair by Patricia Morales @ Jed Root When you hear the name Vanessa Hudgens, what comes to mind? All American sweetheart, the actress “Gabiella Montez” from Disney’s High School Musical, the ex-girlfriend of Zac Effron, singer, cover girl, yoga enthusiast, winner of countless teen choice awards.... Your perception of Vanessa is about to change with back-to-back challenging roles in some extremely dynamic films. The Untitled Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Indira Cesarine, met up with the actress to talk about her daring new roles, and what it took to transition from a Disney darling to a serious character actress with a very certain future. Born in 1988 in Salinas, California, the Irish, Native American and Filipino beauty is the daughter of a fire fighter. Acting from the age of three, she has been honing her craft her entire life - singing, dancing and acting along the way from one success to the next. “I started when I was really, really young… I did my first play when I was three in my pre-school production of the Nativity story. I played Mother Mary holding a baby Jesus and he’s sitting away in the manger. Ever since then my parents allowed me the freedom to take classes. I started taking dance lessons, and singing lessons, and piano lessons, and getting into community theater and I always loved it. I kept on doing plays and one thing just led to the other.” Despite critically acclaimed performances in movies like Bandslam, the 24 year old actress is most well known from her Disney High School Musical series. She has found transitioning from her image as “Gabriela Montez” to be one of the most challenging achievements of her career thus far. “High School Musical was incredible and it was so fun and it gave me so many fans which
Vanessa wears a dress by Rafael Cenamo, shoes by Pedro Garcia, necklace by Sethi Couture, right by Baccarat & ring by Judith Ripka.
This page: Vanessa wears a dress by Behnaz Sarapfour, earrings by Judith Ripka, and gloves by Carolina Amato. Opposite page: She wears a jacket by YSL available at Saks 5th Avenue
shinning light inside of them throughout their struggle and it was just really inspiring.”
I’m very, very thankful for, but it also closed people’s minds up as to which characters I could portray. They only saw me as Gabriella Montez and I love that character but there’s so much more to me than just that. So for a while I was kind of struggling and fighting for these roles that I just desperately wanted. It was hard and it was a struggle, but then again life is always a struggle. Having a career will always be a struggle. You’ll always have to fight for what you want. Definitely crossing over and being able to tackle these grittier parts was a challenge, but I feel like I’ve done it! It’s a whole new chapter!”
The role of a runaway called for a dramatic change in Vanessa’s appearance. Embracing the role whole-heartedly, she not only gained weight, but also dramatically cut off her hair. “In the script, my character, in the very beginning, grabs a pair of scissors and just starts going at it. A few days before we started filming, the hairstylist was doing the cut and Ron the director comes in and goes ‘It just looks like she’s gotten a haircut’ - the hair stylist didn’t want to freak me out too much! I finally was just like ‘Fuck it, give me the scissors’ and took the scissors myself and started chopping off my own hair! Which, at the time, was amazing and during filming, it was incredible… You can’t recognize me in that movie. The way that I walk and talk … I’m just a different person!”
She has recently broadened her horizons with some seriously gritty roles. In her new movies, including Gimme Shelter, Spring Breakers and The Frozen Ground, she plays against character as a prostitute, a drug addict and a teenage pregnant runaway. In Spring Breakers, directed by controversial director Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy), she plays opposite James Franco and Selena Gomez. The film has already created quite a buzz, and will be competing in this year’s Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, which will be a first for Vanessa. “I’ve never even been to a film festival, let alone competed in one! I’m really proud of the movie. I feel like it’s a breed of its own, it’s a movie unlike any other and it’s very fresh and fun and exciting. I feel like it’s a great take on our youth culture right now.”
Vanessa’s versatility as an actress will be clear to even the harshest critics with her gritty new roles, all of which are decidedly darker characters than those of her Disney days. One of her most dramatic new performances comes in The Frozen Ground, a dark thriller in which she plays the starring role opposite Nicholas Cage and John Cussack. The movie is based on the true story of convicted serial killer Robert Hansen, (played by John Cusack), and the woman who escapes his clutches by partnering with an Alaskan State trooper to bring the murderer to justice. “In The Frozen Ground, I play a rape victim, a drug addict / stripper who is once again fighting for her survival. She lives through this really traumatic experience and seeks help from a detective, played by Nic Cage, and they end up solving the case incredibly… I actually got to meet the girl that my character was based off of. I got to spend a weekend with her and go through her life story. I love being able to have real people to base the characters off of because then you have the whole back story there for you. Working with those guys was so incredible. John Cusack is just stunning, because I know him as the nice guy holding the boom box from Say Anything and here he is as this mass murderer and he plays it in such a crazy, sadistic way!”
Spring Breakers presents four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. They find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer, played by James Franco, who, in exchange, wants them to do some dirty work. Vanessa found the experience working on the film extremely rewarding, “Harmony is very gung-ho. He literally would show up to set in the morning and tell us that he’s made a new scene and this is where we’re going to be and this is what’s going on. It was just thinking on your toes 24/7. He gave us complete freedom to really just explore whatever we wanted to. James Franco is an extremely improvisational actor. He would just show up to set in character and once the camera started rolling he transformed… He has an amazing performance in this movie! It’s unlike any character I’ve ever seen him do before. It was amazing to watch and be able to interact with him in that way. We would just go on these crazy rants and Harmony would call cut and I’m like ‘I don’t even know what happened, but that was amazing!’. It was just so incredible to work with actors who are just there with you nose to nose, ready to tackle whatever it is you throw at them.”
The film, which was shot in Alaska over a two month period, required the cast and crew to work in extremely harsh weather conditions. “There would be days where the wind chill was about negative 30. It definitely added to the harsh element of the film… my feet were literally frozen in my leather bound soles.” The nonsmoking actress had to smoke pack after pack of cigarettes, and snort powdered milk in her drug taking scenes, “It just gave me like a milky drip! Not the most pleasant thing ever.” In the film, she got to work with 50 Cent, “who was amazing. He plays my pimp!” as well as Nicholas Cage, “he’s just incredible! He’s Nic Cage! I got to have some really great scenes with him. Working with such amazing people, I feel so blessed and honored!”
The actress, who lives by the motto, “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have…” refuses to let her stunning looks get in the way of her work. For her role in the forthcoming film Gimme Shelter, she literally chopped off her hair and gained over fifteen pounds. Directed by Ron Kraus and also starring Brendan Fraser and Rosario Dawson, the film tells the story of a teenage runaway. Set in a shelter for pregnant teens, “It’s based on a true story. It’s about struggle and survival… I play a character named Apple Bailey. Her mom (Rosario Dawson) is a drug addict and prostitute and her father disappeared. She takes her life into her own hands and sets off in search for her father (Brendan Fraser). In the mean time, she finds out she’s pregnant. So it’s just her life, her struggle, for herself and for her unborn baby.” To prepare for the role, before filming, she went to live in the shelter for pregnant teens. “It was an amazing process, getting to know the girls in the shelter. I hung out with them, talked to them and got to know the truth about their life and story… It was really, really humbling. The first day I was definitely in a state of shock, but I knew I could do it. I was surrounded by such beautiful people. They clearly had this
Suddenly sing-song love stories and teen magazine covers feel lifetimes behind her. In her new roles she goes from strength to strength. America’s sweetheart has grown up and taken Hollywood by storm. For an actress who previously considered acting a fun hobby, “I didn’t know I would keep on doing this. I just knew I truly was passionate about it…” She has come a long way in a very short time. Her career moves promise that we will soon be witness to a new star in the rising—one that will break hearts and inspire viewers with her honesty and ability to lose herself in even the most challenging roles. “I kind of let my heart rule me rather than my head and if something reaches out and grabs me, I start gravitating towards it and go for it!” Interview and Article by Indira Cesarine
- Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa wears a dress by Falguni and Shane Peacock, Ring by Supreme Jewelry, Earrings by Michael M.
This page: Vanessa wears a dress by Naeem Khan, belt by Kelly Cole, and necklace by Neil Lane. Opposite page: Dress by Victor De Sousa, belt by Cheng-Huai Chuang, shoes by Donna Karan, necklace by Supreme Jewelry, and gloves by La Crasia.
Vincent wears Pants by Boglioli, Shirt by Oliver Spencer From left to right: Natalya wears Chadwick Bell Silk Organza gown with Collar by Chromat. Darla wears vintage dress Megan wears coat, skirt and tights by GANT by Michael Bastian with hat by Leah C. Millinery & shoes by DSquared2.
BLOW UP Fashion Editor Jackie Astier Make up by Jessica Tarazi Hair by Shawn Mount
This page: Vincent wears trousers by Boglioli and shirt by Oliver Spencer. Darla wears a dress by Lorena Sarbu. Opposite Page: Vincent wears a shirt, jacket, and trousers by Gant by Michael Bastian. Natalya wears a mini by Lisa Perry and head piece by Chromat.
Darla wears a vintage fur coat and a dress by Lisa Perry.
This page: Natalya wears a jacket by Lisa Perry with hat by Soulland. Opposite page: Darla wears a tunic dress by Renzo + Kai. Natalya wears a tulle dress by Marchesa.
Actor Vincent Piazza, featured on these pages in our remake of cult classic Blow Up, talks to The Untitled Magazine about his recent work and how he got into acting. He had a unlikely start to his career, working in finance, but eventually found his footing in front of the moving camera. Before he started working in the industry, his business partner joked with him that he belonged in acting. “I had a knack for impressions,” Vincent confides. That same business partner was killed in a car accident immediately following the close of a big deal. It forced Vincent to re-think his path. “I wanted to find meaning in that loss… so I decided to make good what he was always telling me to do, and I’ve never looked back. He was kind of a life mentor. He didn’t know anything about acting, but he knew I should be an actor.” Before finance he’d had serious ambitions to be a pro-hockey player, which meant a fair share of injuries and “teeth that looked like someone had rolled the like dice and threw them in my mouth.” After winning a role in the film Rocket Science he admits, “That first paycheck paid to get my teeth fixed.” Eventually the German-Italian landed the role that would garner most of his current notoriety, Boardwalk Empire. Look out for Vincent Piazza in the upcoming films Surviving Me and 3 Nights in the Desert.
This page: Vincent wears a jacket by Dolce & Gabanna, shirt & trousers by Gant by Michael Bastian. Long Grey Dress With Gold Bodice by BodyAymr Opposite page: Gold Chokers by Maria Francesca Pepe Megan wears a fur vest by Mui Mui Nude Suede Heels by See by Chloe and fur boots by DSquared2.
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Fashion Editor: Jackie Astier Makeup: Bernadine Bibiano for MAC Pro at Judy Casey Hair: Joshua Barrett for Redken at Artists by Timothy Priano Photographed at Gustavinoâ€™s in New York City. Actress Melissa George re-creates the original drama of Hitchockâ€™s famed films and shadowy silhouettes with model Wes Carnes. The Australian-born actress can be seen in the upcoming BBC/Cinemax series Hunted, as well as upcoming films Between Us and Marble City. Melissa George has mastered British and American accents, is fluent in Spanish, and loves to do her own stunts. The stunning beauty has graced the covers of Vogue and GQ, and acted alongside A-list talent like Julia Stiles, Pierce Brosnan and Josh Harnett. Her resume ranges from vampire thrillers to action-adventure, including the 2009 film Triangle, in which she plays five versions of herself. A top model and national roller skating champion in her teen years, she progressed into acting with her breakthrough in the 2003 ABC series Alias. Subsequent memorable appearances include roles in Mulholland Drive and 30 Days of Night.
Melissa wears a dress by Badgley Mischka. Wes wears a shirt and jacket by Brooks Brothers.
Melissa wears a velvet gown by Carolina Herrera and fur by IRFE.
Jacket by Polo Ralph Lauren. shirt and tie by Brooks Brothers.
Melissa wears a dress by Lublu. leather gloves by La Crasia.
Melissa wears a coat by IRFE, Wolford stockings, and a fur hat by Dennis Basso.
Lace gown by Tadashi Shoji.
Wes wears a trench coat by Robert Geller, trousers by Timo Weiland, shoes by Brooks Brothers, and a Dr. Martens briefcase. Melissa wears a coat by Maison Muraski, DKNY stockings, hat by Eric Javits, a collar by Karl Lagerfield, and shoes by Brian Atwood.
GATSBY GIRL Fashion Editor: Brendan Cannon Make up by Hector Simancas Hair by Felix Fischer Photographed at Capitale in New York City. Actress Gretchen Mol becomes a Gatsby Girl for our fashion story featuring the flapper-chic 20’s looks that became renowned from the original film, The Great Gatsby, 1974, starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford. Connecticut native Gretchen Mol was working at Michael’s Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen when she was scouted by a talent agent right out of her hat check booth. Seemingly destined for the film and theater industry, she worked as an usher at Angelika Film Center and performed in high school musicals next to future Broadway star Peter Lockyer. Photographer Davis Powell approached her in 1994, offering a portfolio revamp. Immediately after, her visage appeared on the cover of W Magazine. Gretchen’s look became iconic quickly, but ultimately she put modeling on the back burner in favor of her acting career. The late ‘90s saw her on the cover of Vanity Fair while acting alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. In 2006 she made waves as the lead role in The Notorious Bettie Page. “I got a chance to feel like I knew something about Bettie, so by the time the role was mine I was pretty confident,” she said of the experience. “I felt like I really worked for it.” Since her debut, Gretchen has showcased in over 30 films and countless theater productions, including a solid year cast as Roxie in a Broadway production of Chicago. Look out for her these days in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Gretchen wears a beaded dress by Bibhu Mohapatra, Pearl necklace by David Webb, Earrings and ring by de Grisogono and Leah C Couture Millinery headpiece.
Gretchen wears a Prabal Gurung dress, gloves by Carolina Amato, cuff, necklace, and earrings by de Grisogono.
Dress by Temperley London, headband by Leah C Couture, pendant by Belle in Brass, broach by Graff, ring and earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Gretchen wears a dress by Jason Wu, headband by Leah C Couture, Jewelry by David Webb.
Gretchen wears a dress by Donna Karan, shoes by Christian Louboutin, rings by David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, earrings and necklace by Graff.
Gretchen wears a dress by Bill Blass, shoes by Chrisian Louboutin, and a ring and necklace by de Grisogono.
LOST Fashion Editor Jackie Astier Sittings Editor Amina Mohammed Hair & Makeup by Flรณra Buenano
Dress by Rafael Cennamo, boots by Gio Diev
Dress by Rafael Cennamo
Gold dress by Lorena Sarbu
Helmet and crystals corset by The Blondes. Stockings by Wolford, boots by Dr. Martens
Dress by Lorena Sarbu
Bodysuit by Bill Blass and bra by Chromat
Top and trousers by IRFE, Shoes Gio Diev.
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Fashion Editor: Victor Gonzalez Make up by Roberto Morelli @ Link Hair by Shawn Mount @ Factory Downtown Actress and model Rebecca Dayan channels the iconic star Audrey Hepburn in our remake of Two For the Road, which Hepburn starred in with Albert Finney in 1967. Born in a small town in the south of France, Rebecca Dayan moved to Paris when she was a teenager to study art and fashion while modeling. She became assistant stylist to Gabrielle Greiss, who would later become the head designer at Sonia Rykiel. Though seemingly on a fast track toward the fashion industry, there came a day when she realized she’d rather be acting. She got her feet wet in the 2009 short House of Illusions, followed by a small role in 2010’s From Paris with Love, and more recently 2012’s Celeste and Jesse Forever with Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg. With an increasingly impressive resume, it seems Rebecca has only begun to carve herself out as an actress. But one thing she’s learned already? She should have hung onto her accent. “For a long time I worked on eliminating it. When I started acting my agent was like, ‘You’ve got to make sure you have the most neutral accent possible.’ Now they’re saying, ‘Can you play up your French accent?’ I’m like, you must be kidding me! I don’t even know how anymore.” You can catch Rebecca Dayan this year in the black comedy Charm and the short film Croque Monsieur.
Rebecca wears a dress by Ivana Helsinki, Polo scarf, and shoes by Celine. Julian wears a vintage shirt, Oliver Spencer trousers, Marc Jacobs scarf, Dr. Martens shoes.
Rebecca wears a sweater by Lublu, trousers & shoes by Lindsay Degen, and a hat by Soulland. Julian wears a shirt and vest by Oliver Spencer, vintage trousers and shoes.
Rebecca wears a Orla Keily coat, dress by Renzo + Kai, American Apparel tights, and Alessandro Oteri shoes. Julian wears a coat by Brooks Brothers, Gant sweater.
Rebecca wears a dress by Lublu and hat by Eric Javits. Julian wears a cardigan by Brooks Brothers, Hermes sarf, and glasses by YSL
Edourdo wears jeans by John Varvatos. Sophie wears a robe by Oscar de la Renta.
WEEKS Fashion Editor: Jackie Astier Make up by Piret Aava Hair by Alex Budai Our remake of the 80’s classic film 9 1/2 Weeks stars actor Edoardo Costa. He was first discovered by a modeling scout while doing his military service as a police officer in Italy. He found modeling work easily in the early 1990s, but his restless, ambitious nature led him to pursue acting classes the world over, from Paris to Milan, and finally Los Angeles. He was a shoe-in for TV shows like Baywatch, Arliss, and The Bold and the Beautiful, but his big break came in 2007 when he landed a role opposite Bruce Willis in the Die Hard series’ final film, Live Free or Die Hard. His résumé also boasts notable theater appearances, including Bread Love Fantasy and Very Old Man, which he performed alongside the legendary Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. Around the same time, he took over Beatrice International Models - a forty year old agency with elite alumni like Iman and Stephanie Seymour, and opened up The Actor’s Academy Milano. His work branched into philanthropic efforts, inspired by Nelson Mandela, to raise awareness about impoverished populations in Africa and Brasil, among others nations. You can see what the always busy Edoardo Costa has cooking in the upcoming films The Black Tulip and Grand Street, both due for release this year.
Edoardo wears a coat by C.P. Company, shirt by Calvin Klein, and jeans by John Varvatos. Sophia wears a coat by Veronica Beard, Wolford stockings, lingerie by Agent Provocateur, and tie by Prads.
This page: Sophia wears a Zadig and Voltaire slip dress. Opposite page: Silk slip by Agent Provocateur.
Lotte wears La Perla silk negligee and vintage hat with bed featuring Frette sheets. All Manicures by Jackie Padilha with Estee Lauder and Tom Ford Fall 2012 colors.
DANGEROUS Fashion Editor: Jackie Astier Make up by Regina Harris Hair by Andrew Fitzsimons
Actress Lotte Verbeek stars in this series inspired by the film Dangerous Liasons, with an all-star cast of Olympic fencers (Tim Morehouse and Race Imdoben), Phantom of the Opera star Paloma Lee Garcia, model Lorelle Crawford and the latest fashion icon, Tziphora Salamon. Dutch actress Verber is best known for her role in Golden Globe nominated TV series The Borgias, also starring Jeremy Irons. At the age of eight she set her heart on acting, but it wasn’t a straight road. She took detours for dancing and studied several years of classical ballet, contemporary dance, and jazz before she realized her roots in acting were demanding attention again. She began acting professionally prior to completing her drama studies. Her big break came when she appeared in the film Nothing Personal, which earned her a nomination at the European Oscars. When asked what she loves about movies, she said, “The intimacy, the compression of time and space for the length of that one story that’s being told. Everything seems so much more relevant on screen!” Look for her in the upcoming film, Suspension of Disbelief, where she’ll be playing a double role of French twin sisters.
WATCH THE VIDEO: www.untitled-magazine.com/video/gallery/dangerous-liasons
Lotte wears a Lorena Sarbu dress. Wolford stockings and hat by Leah C Couture.
Lotte wears a Chris Benz bow dress and belt, hat by Lui Antinous and Brian Atwood pumps. Tziphora Salamon wears her own vintage collection.
Olympic saber fencers Tim Morehouse and Race Imboden know the key to perfecting their difficult sport: sprints. They both also train Mondays through Fridays 9 to 5, which probably helps. Some of this time is dedicated to video and mental training preparation to keep their minds sharp, too. No wonder these native New Yorkers have both finished at various world championships. Morehouseâ€™s success includes a silver medal in Beijing, making him the first US menâ€™s fencer to medal, while Imboden is considered the next rising star. They both recently competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
USA Olympians Tim Morehouse and Race Imboden wear Olympic fencing whites and Nike footwear.
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Paloma wears a Mathieu Mirano cut out gown with a Lui Antinous couture head piece.
Lorelle Crawford wears a Christian Cota fur and tweed cape. Wolford tights. Sirak Black pony shoes. Lace-parasol from Parasols.com.
Paloma Lee Garcia graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied ballet. At the age of 17 she broke through into theater, becoming the youngest cast member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, which she later returned to in 2012, this time playing “Meg Giry”. Catch her now in the ballet chorus of Opéra Populaire.
This page: Race wears a shirt and suit by Calvin Klein, shoes by Mr. B. Tim wears suit by Prada, Burberry shirt, vintage hat. Lotte wears a dress by Carlos Meile, Brian Atwood pumps. Opposite page: Paloma wears a dress by Cheng and Wolford stockings.
Race wears a Calvin Klein Collection shirt with a Christian Cota fur vest.
Lindsey, Tatyana, and Laura all wear Inbar Spector.
Fashion Editor: Indira Cesarine Jack Guinessâ€™ wardrobe stylist: Charles Adesanya Make up by Philippe Miletto Hair by Elliot Bssila Second Circle was inspired by the time-transcending film Orlando and verses from the book Danteâ€™s Inferno. It presents a journey into another time and place where the mystical meets the magical. Models Laura Paine, Tatjana Saric and Lindsey Sullivan wear some of the most upand-coming designers from the London catwalk, where creativity is explored between the fabrics, textures, and avant garde cuts. Actor Jack Guinness stars in the fashion film version of the production, which premiered at The Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla on July 27, 2012 at the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival.
WATCH THE VIDEO: www.untitled-magazine.com/video/gallery/second-circle
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Laura wears ruffle dress by Luisa Beccaria and hat by Victoria Grant.
Lindsay wears a black silk gown by Jaspar Garvida.
Laura wears a long silk printed dress with scarf by Georgia Hardinge. Jack Guiness wears suit by Miharayasuhiro, Green wool scarf by Roberto Cavalli and white shirt and tie by J Lindeberg.
Lindsay wears a silk dress by Jaspar Garvida and top hat with tassles by Victoria Grant.
Laura wears a royal blue silk cape by Corrie Nielsen over a lace dress by Ashley Isham, and shoes by Bernard Chandran
Lindsay wears a tulle overlay tartan dress by Corrie Nielsen, shoes by Bernard Chandran.
Tatjana wears a lace dress and crown by Francesca Marotta.
Laura wears a knit dress by Alice Palmer.
Tatjana wears a black dress by Kristian Aadnevik, sequin and tassle hat by Victoria Grant.
Body suit and hat by Pam Hogg and red bondage shoes by Kokon To Zai.
Tatjana wears a black dress and spiral hat by Little Shilpa.
This page: Alex wears a neck piece by Julia Burness with fabric from Cloth House. Opposite page: Dress by Julien MacDonald.
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THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTOR Fashion Editor: Aimee Croysdill Fashion Assistant: Jessica Taylor Hair and Make up by Sarah Elizabeth Abbott The Butterfly Collector is inspired by the John Fowles Novel The Collector and surrealist film, La Belle et la BĂŞte by Jean Cocteau. A beautiful young art gallery curator enters a strange curiosity shop in Londonâ€™s East End where the owner decides to add her to his collection. She was not the first, nor possibly the last. Will she escape, fall in love, or end up in a bell jar? A dark tale of love and possession featuring up-and-coming actress Alex Rose.
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Alex wears a cape by Lulu Lui, shirt by Charlie May, necklace and bracelet by Imogen Belfield.
James wears a Baartman & Siegel suit, Paul & Joe shirt, and SWS London rings.
Alex wears a shirt by Zaynep Twosun, top and trousers by Molly Goddard, Arckiv collarpiece and Charkviani shoes.
Alex wears a bra and underwear by Made by Niki, shirt by Charlie May and Jewelry by Imogen Belfield.
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Backstage at Alexandre Vaulthier Haute Couture Fall / Winter 2012
THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE TAKES YOU BEHIND THE SCENES OF PARIS PRET
A PORTER & HAUTE COUTURE WITH PHOTOGRAPHER SARAH SKINNER
Top: Backstage at Devastee fashion show. Middle & Bottom: Backstage at Masha Ma fashion show. Opposite: Backstage at Yinqing Yin fashion show, All shows F/W2012
All photographs backstage at Fatima Lopes Fall / Winter 2012 fashion show
Top: Backstage at Masha Ma fashion show. Bottom: Backstage at Lutz fashion show. Opposite Page: Backstage at Jouissances Haute Couture fashion show, All shows F/W12
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Starsick, starring Isabel Lederman, presents the oppulent deconstruction of an actress crumbling under the acute limits of beauty and insanity. Featuring hair and makeup by Becky Quinn and clothing by Aubrey Ward, Max Azria, Fine Art of Design, Cosabella, and Stuart Weitzman.
WATCH THE VIDEO: www.untitled-magazine.com/video/gallery/starsick
THE RIDE The Ride, starring Alexandra Biddell, David Brunning and Nic Loewen is a black and white fashion film that pays homage to classic moments in Cinema (The Graduate, Lolita, Easy Rider, The Motorcycle Diaries) and is placed in the context of a modern-day love story. In addition to showcasing pieces from Fall/Winter 2012 collections, the film focuses visually on merging urban textures with the natural beauty of open landscapes. The Ride brings notes of a classic narrative structure, married with the elegance of high fashion.
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CAPE Escape (towards a better life). We remembered tomorrow and were glad to have left when we did. Take flight. Break away, break out, break loose, break free. Slip away, get out, clear off, disappear, vanish. Created by Paul Windridge and featuring original music by 00 Newchair.
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Candyland, Starring Noah Mills & Roxy Olin, is a narrative art film that brings the audience right in on the pill popping experience of prescription drug abuse. A fictional story about a real American problem, Candyland shows how prescription drugs are wreaking havoc on beautiful lives. Twist and turn your view of our dashing Hollywood producer navigating a typical Los Angeles day as he begins to lose his grip on the wheel.Â Features the Emmy award winning Director of Photography Sergio Arguello behind the camera. Written & directed by Jouri Smit.
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LA JOLLA FASHION FILM FESTIVAL This July The Untitled magazine Went to the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival For the Premiere of Second Circle, Produced for The Cinema Issue, and Lead a Panel Discussion on “Leaders in Transmedia Publishing.” This year’s festival included short films from directors including Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber, Luca Finotti and Indriani Pal-Chaudhuri. The Untitled Magazine‘s Editor-in Chief, Indira Cesarine premiered her short film, Second Circle, produced for the Cinema issue of The Untitled Magazine, on Friday, July 27th. She also joined Marius Troy as a panel speaker on “Leaders in Transmedia Fashion.” Transmedia is the art of story telling across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies. In the panel they discussed how they are using this concept to propel their publications, websites, and readers forward into the future of fashion film production and distribution.
The La Jolla Film Festival is the first international fashion film festival founded in North America, bringing together over a hundred short films. Last year’s festival marked the largest gathering of fashion film professionals in history, and the third incarnation of the festival once again broke records. This year’s festival was held the last week of June, and screened over twenty short films each night in the theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla. The festival not only showcases fashion films from around the globe, but also brings together industry professionals to participate in seminars, panel discussions, and networking. The event provides exposure to filmmakers working in the emerging cinematic genre of fashion film, and allows them to interact with their peers, building an international network of colleagues. This year’s panel discussions included talks on how web tech trends affect the creation and distribution of fashion films, social planning and branding for filmmakers, and how to increase distribution.
Go to www.untitled-magazine.com to watch Cesarine’s latest fashion film, Second Circle and check out the video of the panel discussion, as well as more information about the annual festival. For more information on the festival visit them online: www.ljfff.com
DOM PERIGNON &
LYNCH From Left: Lady Victoria Hervey, David Lynch, The Kills.
On June 20th, David Lynch and Dom Pérignon feted the global debut of their limited edition collaboration in Los Angeles with a private celebration curated by the World-renowned film-maker/artist. The Untitled Magazine‘s Lady Victoria Hervey reported from the event, “The party was not just a party. It was an experience! The collaboration of a prestigious champagne brand and an eccentric film noir filmmaker was a totally unique combination, and made for a brilliant event that we rarely would see in Los Angeles.” Dry Ice and a variety of Dom vintages were being served in separate rooms, to an eclectic crowd dressed “dark”.The Dom Pérignon Vintages 2003 and Rosé 2000, specially designed by David Lynch, were revealed at the event and signed by him on the spot. The party culminated with a private concert by The Kills, who flew in from London for the occasion, and a DJ set by Diplo.
the bottles, Lynch reinvented them. Taking inspiration from his photographs, he gave them a new look in a limited edition. For both vintages, Lynch designed a shield with different patinas, bronze for Dom Pérignon and almost purple for Dom Pérignon Rosé. Thick and metallic, it is marbled with granite tints and glitters of mica. The outcome is indeed the expression of a fruitful collaboration based on shared trust in the power of creation. “It is a process of tuning in and then through experimentation getting something that expresses the essential nature”, he comments. Joining Lynch at the event was Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon’s Cellar Master, guests Kelly Osborne, Topher Grace, Shane West, Rachel Leigh Cook, Jessica Szhor, Bret Easton Ellis, Jessica Trent, Laura Harring, Lady Victoria Hervey, Cassavetes, Lena Herzog and Natasha Lyonne.
The paths of Dom Pérignon and David Lynch were bound to cross eventually, since they both share a love for experimentation. Lo and behold, in December 2011, Dom Pérignon unveiled its advertising campaign—photographed by Lynch—for both Vintages. In it he combines the mesmerizing, dreamlike beauty of his own universe with the mystery and sensuality of Dom Pérignon’s. After photographing
The limited edition Dom Pérignon by David Lynch will be available at fine wine purveyors worldwide starting in October 2012.
CHANEL L I T T L E B L ACK JACK E T
From Left: Dakota Fanning, Karl Lagerfeld, Uma Thurman.
This summer, the fashion crowd came out to admire and celebrate Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’s collaboration The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited. The book of iconic portraits officially launched on sale August 15th. The images from the book were exhibited over the summer, with
has been a staple for actresses, models, and socialites since its
exclusive events by Chanel in New York and Toyko. The New York
creation. The photo shoots for the book took place in Cannes,
exhibit opening at The Swiss Institute on June 6th was packed
New York and ended in Paris at the studio 7L. For the project
with iconic models including 80’s superstar Linda Evangelista,
Lagerfeld and Roitfeld gathered together 113 celebrities each
fashion trendsetters such as Visionaire’s Stephen Gan and of
wearing a black jacket styled by Roitfeld to suit the wearer’s
course the entire Roitfeld clan. Julia Roitfeld, who recently gave
individual personality. The black and white photographs, taken by
birth, looked stunning and slim (in black of course), with her
Lagerfeld, feature actors, artists, singers, and musicians, including
boyfriend Robert Konjic at her side. Karl Lagerfeld was the star
Sarah Jessica Parker, Georgia May Jagger, Kanye West, Yoko
of the evening, with the press crowding around him vying to get
Ono, Claudia Schiffer, Anna Wintour and Kirsten Dunst. Roitfeld
interviews and photos.
even dresses up as Coco, donning the signature jacket, pearls, and straw boater.
In the series of stunning black and white images presented in the book and at the exhibit, Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld
The exhibit of portraits from The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s
reexamined one of Chanel’s most iconic designs. “The Chanel
Classic Revisited will be opening next in the UK at London’s
jacket has become the symbol of a certain elegance, feminine,
Saachi Gallery from October 12-29, 2012. To coincide with the
with an air of nonchalance, classic and timeless” says Lagerfeld.
exhibition, Chanel’s Bond Street, Sloane Street and Brompton
Of course, he is referring to the jacket designed by Coco Chanel,
Cross boutiques will have window displays dedicated to jackets
herself; the boxy, tweed, coat with bracelet length sleeves, which
from the most recent collections.
OLYMPIC 2012 SUMMER
Every four years millions upon millions of people come together to watch and celebrate the world’s eminent athletes perform feats that seem impossible to the rest of us mere mortals. A Slew of events to celebrate the games took over London this summer. This year, the 2012 Olympic Summer Games kicked off in London on July 27th with a spectacular bang that included a rousing performance by Paul McCartney and a pyrotechnics-inciting declaration by the Queen herself to “open the games of London”. While the event is designed and executed with the purpose of extolling the highest achievements in sportsmanship, there were also a slew of attendant happenings on which The Untitled Magazine’s Society editor Lady Victoria Hervey had her pulse. Here are a few that stood out in particular:
Ali, an Olympian-turned-peacemaker was honored for his lifelong service to civil rights issues, as well as his accomplishments as an athlete. All proceeds went toward his foundation. “It was an honor to be at such an amazing event,” said Lady Victoria, “and to be surrounded by so many talented people in the world of sports, all coming together for peace.” OMEGA House Opening, SoHo: On July 31st, in the heart of London’s trendy SoHo district, Omega’s brand ambassador Nicole Kidman helped launch the watch company’s newest ad campaign. Apropos to the commencement of the Olympics—as Omega was the official timekeeper of the London 2012 Games after all—the private party took place at The House of St. Barnabas, a historic building nestled deep into the winding streets of one of London’s most complex neighborhoods. “The trek to get there amid Olympics madness proved to be quite an ordeal”, said Lady Victoria. The effort was definitely worth it though. The house had been remodeled specifically for the launch. Hervey described how each room was designed to “reflect an Omega collection or timepiece”. The new space, which served as a private club during the Olympics, will heretofore be used exclusively for the company’s events. One of its more eye catching features is a white sculpture of a diver, designed for Omega by Wooton and Dawe, suspended like a mobile above the house’s long, winding staircase, as a nod to the company’s
Sports For Peace Charity Gala honoring Muhammad Ali: In keeping with the basic tenants that have defined the Olympics time immemorial, namely international cooperation, unification and cultural exchange, Sports for Peace—an initiative to provide athletes with a platform to promote those very tenants—hosted a gala to honor Muhammad Ali and his non-profit, The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. The charity event, which was thrown at the Victoria & Albert Museum on July 25th, included a black tie gala dinner and an auction hosted by Christies, which featured the use of personal ipads at each guests’ place setting. Ticket prices for the event ran upward of £2000 and among the guests were celebrities, athletes and politicians alike, including Rosaria Dawson, Lewis Hamilton and Lauren Bush.
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Sports for Peace Omega House Launch Duran Duran in Hyde Park Warner Music Olympic Fete Team Karl
Karl Lagerfeld - “Team Karl” at Selfridges
Tank’ by throwing it a fabulous party. Among the musical guests who helped make it memorable were Paolo Nutini, Mark Ronson and a surprise performance by Flo Rida. In solidarity with all things British, the party guests were served classic treats such as Yorkshire pudding and roast beef canapés. Sponsored by Belvedere, the event also featured a light show at the entrance ramp that gave each guest a haunting glow as they walked toward the gallery. The bash was full of familiar faces, including Poppy Delevigne, Amber Le Bon, Eliza Doolittle, Caroline Flack, and Nicola Roberts. “I loved Nicola’s dramatic red evening gown,” gushed Victoria. “And it was cute how she paired it with Superga trainers as a nod to the Olympics.”
long-established diving watch lines. The party was attended by about 400 guests, including Kidman and her husband Keith Urban, Kit Harrington and Eddie Redmayne to name a few. Jarvis Cocker, from the Brit Rock band Pulp spun the tunes for the evening. Duran Duran in Hyde Park: On opening night, England’s timeless Brit Pop darlings, Duran Duran, headlined a mammoth live show in Hyde Park, attended by nearly 50,000 people. So singular it was in its importance that it warranted an extension by London’s officials of the city’s typically strict (and early) noise curfew, commented Lady Victoria. Each band in the lineup represented a different country of origin in the United Kingdom, including Paolo Nutini from Scotland, Welsh natives Stereophonics and Ireland’s Snow Patrol. From backstage, Victoria danced to Duran Duran’s performance of “Reflex” during which Red Arrows flew above the crowd, and Snow Patrol’s hit “Chasing Cars” coinciding with massive live video projections on screens overlooking the park, of Olympic athletes attending the opening ceremony. The invite-only after party at Cuckoo was “quite the spectacle” and was sponsored by Belvedere, Peroni and Moet Hennessey.
Karl Lagerfeld’s capsule collection launch, Selfridges: Fashion made its statement at the Olympics on July 25th, with Karl Lagerfeld’s launch of his new pop-up capsule collection for the biennial event, entitled “Team Karl”, featuring sporty outerwear, skinny jeans, and of course the requisite Olympic medal-themed jewelry line. “The entire fashion crowd came out for this!” quoted Victoria. The guests, who included Daphne Guinness, Jefferson Hack, Talullah Harlech and Edie Campbell were treated to rooftop cocktails at the store, and partied to DJ sets by Harley Viera Newton and Alison Mosshart. Selfridges’ designated ‘Karl store’, which will occupy the third floor of the building, was also launched for the event, to which guests were given exclusive shopping access.
Warner Music Olympic Party at the Tate Modern: On July 26th, following suit with other pre-Olympics events throughout the city, the Tate Modern celebrated the birth of its new gallery ‘South
THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE AT
65TH FILM FESTIVAL
From left: Katherine Keating, Indira Cesarine, Laura Comfort at Hotel du Cap
The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from May 16th to May 27th, 2012. Italian film director Nanni Moretti The Jury of Competition, while French actress Bérénice Bejo hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. The Jury of Competition welcomed fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier to its ranks, who was the first designer invited in the festival’s history. Other members included British actor Ewan McGregor, Palestinian actress and director Hiam Abbass, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, British director and scriptwriter Andrea Arnold, and German actress Diane Kruger. The festival opened with served as president of
US film Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson, and closed with the late Claude Miller‘s final film Thérèse Desqueyroux. Elkelv, Iris Brosch, Indira Cesarine, Dominique Palombo, Patrik Andersson, Michael Williams, Konstantinos Menelaou, and Dimitri Hyacinthe were featured at the event, which began at midnight and ran into the morning hours.
The esteemed Palme d’Or was awarded to Austrian director Michael Haneke’s Amour—a film that centered on the bond between an elderly couple, one of whom suffers a stroke that paralyses one side of her body. Best Actress was awarded to Romanian actresses Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur for their performances in Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills, which also won Best Screenplay for its dramatic interpretation of a case of exorcism that ultimately killed a young member of a monastery in Moldova in 2005. Other films of note included The Paperboy starring Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman, Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt, Lawless starring Natalie Portman, and Moonrise Kingdom starring Bruce Willis.
Other exclusive events during Cannes 65th festival included The Armani / Chopard Haiti Fundraiser hosted by Sean Penn, Denise Rich and Paul Allen’s private boat soirreés, and the Belvedere Vodka event with special concert performances by 80s pop star Cyndi Lauper and the legendary Ronnie Woods from the Rolling Stones. Also on the A-list radar was a sunset boat party hosted by Petra Nemcova and Michele Gonzalez, who DJ’d while guests were served champagne and canapes. The party was held in celebration of a forthcoming film, currently in production, although no one seemed to have many details.
This year Cannes was hit by torrential rain, seemingly unending for days. Many of the outdoor events and screenings were canceled during a four day downpour that put a damper on normally sunsoaked festival. Directors and starlets may have had to hit the red carpet under umbrellas, but there were still a lineup of stellar parties and events, including The Untitled Magazine’s event at the sought-after VIP Rooms, co-hosted with The Double Seven from New York.
Le Baron’s Cannes pop-up was one of the hottest venues in Cannes this year, hosting the CAA party among others. The outdoor terrace and indoor dance club were packed with the French film scene on a nightly basis. The sun came out just in time for the annual Replay party on the 22nd, which featured a brilliant performance by Scottish rock legends Simple Minds. Immediately following was an exclusive star-studded bash on P Diddy’s private boat in the port, boasting a guest list of stars and supermodels including Adrian Brody, Kelly Brook, Lady Victoria Hervey, Nellee Hooper, Ulf Ekberg, Benicio del Toro, Ana Beatriz Barros, Ozwald Boateng, and many more.
The VIP Rooms hosted back-to-back events during the festival, including concert performances by P Diddy, Ronnie Woods and Cyndi Lauper. Mark Baker and Jeffrey Jah of The Double Seven teamed up with The Untitled Magazine for a blow-out event on the 21st, which featured an installation of fashion films from the magazine on large video screens throughout the venue while DJ Ruckus spun the decks. Videos by directors including: Jordan Doner, Zaiba Jabbar, Christian Witkin, Michael Daks, Monika
The following evening the event everyone was talking about was the annual De Grisogono party at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, one
Left: Cannes , May 21, 2012 Above: The Untitled Magazine at VIP Rooms
late founding International Chairman. Bidding from the crowd was a spectacular guest list including Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Aishwarya Rai, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Gerard Butler, and Chris Tucker.
of the Riviera’s most stunning establishments. The all-star guest list included Heidi Klum, Irina Shayk, Milla Jovovich, Alec Baldwin, Leila Lopes, Isabeli Fontana and Ana Beatriz Barros in attendance at the gala. An haute couture runway show opened the evening during the seated dinner, featuring de Grisogono’s latest jewelry styled over elegant pastel gowns by Lithuanian designer Juozas Statkevicius. The after party kicked off at midnight and featured performances by Taio Cruz, GoldSingers, and the epic Russian Evdokimov group.
Musical performances included the sought-after indie band FUN, who opened the evening with their chart topping “We Are Young”, followed by performances by Aloe Blacc and Jessie J. For the first time in amfAR history, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld curated a runway show featuring supermodels Karolina Kurkova, Kate Upton, and Lily Donaldson in exquisite looks by designers including Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and Christopher Kane. The entire wardrobe was auctioned off in a lot, which drew in an additional €300,000. An event for the ages, it was punctuated by an appropriately spectacular after-party presented by Super-Max and Rocky Malhotra, with artistic direction by Carl Hirschmann and Le Baron. The climax came when Sky Ferreira performed the introduction to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” before DJ Giorgio Moroder, who wrote many of Summer’s top tracks, launched into his set and inspired a raging dance floor late into the night.
While there was no shortage of extravagant fanfare, one of the most coveted invitations to the week of festivities was the 19th Annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala, which broke records in raising nearly 11 million dollars towards HIV research, prevention, treatment, and education. Auctions were held to raise the funds in which sensational items were bid on, from a starring role in a short film by Karl Lagerfeld (which raked in €850,000) to an original Damien Hirst piece (which went for €700,000). Adrien Brody facilitated the auctioning-off of a motorcycle commissioned by Redemption Choppers as tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, amfAR’s
Left: Adrian Brody & Indira Cesarine Above: de Grisogono Cannes Fete
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Talent Featured in the Cinema Issue 5 includes: Cover story with actress Vanessa Hudgens Exclusive shoots and interviews with: Aaron Yoo,...
Published on Oct 23, 2012
Talent Featured in the Cinema Issue 5 includes: Cover story with actress Vanessa Hudgens Exclusive shoots and interviews with: Aaron Yoo,...