The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a glittering ensemble of over 75 hotels and resorts in more than 35 countries, has reunited Waris Ahluwalia with Luca Guadagnino, the director of their Golden Globe-nominated film, I Am Love to create a cinematic experience that offers a glimpse into the hidden treasures of some of America’s favorite destinations. The short film stars Agyness Deyn with music by Jason Schwartzman and Woody Jackson, and was shot at three of The Luxury Collection’s most iconic properties across the United States, aiming to inspire global travelers to explore and discover destinations in a unique and authentic way.
As an impassioned traveler and The Luxury Collection’s newest Global Explorer, Ahluwalia, conceived the project with Luca Guadagnino, Sandro Kopp and Tilda Swinton, who gratefully acknowledged The Luxury Collection’s philanthropic contribution towards the foundation of a new school for the inspired education of teenagers in the Scottish Highlands. The brand’s mantra, “Life Is A Collection of Experiences. Let Us Be Your Guide,” led the creative direction for the team to explore the unexpected joys of a cross-country journey. From the stately Equinox in Vermont, to the sun-soaked beauty of the Phoenician in Arizona, and across the Pacific to the legendary Royal Hawaiian, Agyness Deyn is the muse styled by costume designer Heidi Bivens with hair and makeup by Nico Guillis. The short film is produced by Waris Ahluwalia and Lucy Cooper through New York production house ALLDAYEVERYDAY.
“I am honored to work with dear friends to create such a profoundly beautiful film that highlights the American landscape and the unique indigenous experiences we seek as travelers,” says Ahluwalia. “The American continent offers great diversity, great beauty and great adventure – the film captures this spirit through The Luxury Collection’s exceptional destinations.”
CARSTEN HÖLLER VS JAMIE BOCHERT
Model: Jamie Bochert
Photographer: Lachlan Bailey
Stylist: Alastair McKimm
“In this preview from our upcoming issue of The Last Magazine, we commissioned photographer Lachlan Bailey to reinterpret Carsten Höller’s exhibition “Experience” at the New Museum together with model Jamie Bochert and stylist Alastair McKimm. The result is a colorful, dreamy, fairytale-like revisit of the Belgian artist’s most comprehensive US exhibition yet.”
““Experience: Carsten Höller” is open through January 22 at the New Museum, New York.”
Model: Lily Kwong
Director: Simon Cave
Hair: Raymond McLaren
Makeup: Mariel Barrera
Digital Capture: Luke Lanter – Capture This Digital
In today’s world of mindless youtubing and unimaginative viral “sensations”, it’s rare to come across a video that is truly a work of art, and Bang is just that.
Created by photographer Simon Cave and his writer/model girlfriend Lily Kwong – who features in the video – the project breaks new ground in the world of 3D technology. By painstakingly collecting data on every curvature of Lily’s face and body, Simon constructed a 3-dimensional model, to tell the story of a girl in the technological age.
Both visually and aurally stimulating – featuring an original score by Adam Crystal – the project took months to perfect and is the first 3D beauty story of its kind. “The technical aspects of the project totally consumed Simon – he was up most nights making Bang come to life” explains Kwong, “while I helped develop the concept and narrative”.
The link between fashion and 3D technology is increasingly apparent – Burberry screened the first 3D runway show last year while Gucci has launched a pair of 3D glasses – and Bang is at the forefront of this totally innovative artform.
See below for the behind the scenes video and the finished product.