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Fashion films often take the form of fawning moving portraits in which beautiful models languish on balmy beaches or in well-appointed mansions, but this year's best stand out for being much more than that. Below, a countdown of the trippiest, most thought-provoking videos we saw in 2012.
5. Prada's Real Fantasies Spring 2012
It should have been clear early on that there was something in the water when this video, which juxtaposes new images against visuals from the '50s and '60s — the decades that inspired Prada's Spring 2012 collection — debuted in April.
There are only two subjects in this video: an orchid and Candice Swanepoel. A quick pace is set by unrelenting jump cuts between the flower and Swanepoel's lovely face. The soundtrack of a drum mimicking the human heartbeat makes the video even more haunting.
If David Sims's almost luridly neon Fall 2012 campaign for Alexander McQueen wasn't colorful enough, his video certainly is. It primarily features a loop of model Suvi Koponen taking the oversize visors from the collection off of her face, accented by dancing geometric neon shapes and clouds of pixelated pigment that explode all over the screen.
Attempts to explain what's happening in this video are probably best left to the people who created it. From the official description: "Set within a dystopian society of machines and jagged geometries, genetically perfected clones roam digital colonies. Each scene depicts an antiquated landscape within a galaxy of characters engrossed in oblique and possibly deviant power dynamics."
Jack McCollough's sister Kate worked as the creative director for this film, which was created with the virtual world Second Life. Everything in it — from the models who levitate while doing a peculiar dance, to the purple dolphin that swims through sand — is CGI.
Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy costumed actors for the film Bastard — a Tribeca Film Festival competition short directed by Kirsten Dunst.
Ann-Sofie Back will show her fall 2010 collection and her diffusion line, Back, at Shanghai Fashion Week.
The Wall Street Journal argues the value in high-priced designer sweatpants.
“It’s always our responsibility [as designers] to be challenging — to challenge our customers and to innovate our trade. Otherwise, this one has a line and J. Lo has a line — everybody can have a line and call themselves a designer. But I think that’s kind of demoralizing for our trade.”—Francisco Costa on celebrity designers during a talk at the Cooper-Hewitt museum.
Tonight at midnight, Vogue magazine is launching ShopVogue.TV, an interactive site filled to the brim with original video content.
There are three different sections to ShopVogue.TV: Shop, Watch, and Share. In the Shop section, you can peruse different fashion ads from companies like Burberry or Tod's and get information on how to buy the handbags, clothes, or jewelry featured in the ads. The Share section allows you to upload your favorite pictures and looks for all the other users to see.
My personal favorite, however, is the Watch section, which contains 260 minutes of original video content. This section could really keep you entertained for a while, especially because it features behind-the-scenes videos of advertising campaigns like Chloe or David Yurman or L by Gwen Stefani.
There are also 'Trend Watch' videos, runway videos which give you information about the pieces and where you can buy them as the model strolls down the catwalk, and '60 Seconds to Chic' videos, which is all about creating looks in a short amount of time.
Pretty cool, huh? And to think, this is only the beginning. Who knows where it could go from here!