Chalayan Power

This summer Nick Knight and the ShowStudio team brought us a YSL movie, starring Jessica Miller and directed by Stefano Pilati from reader-submitted
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This summer Nick Knight and the ShowStudio team brought us a YSL movie, starring Jessica Miller and directed by Stefano Pilati from reader-submitted
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This summer Nick Knight and the ShowStudio team brought us a YSL movie, starring Jessica Miller and directed by Stefano Pilati from reader-submitted scripts. Now Nick Knight is asking for help again, for a new project with Hussein Chalayan and musician/Lagerfeld muse Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power. They're shooting a film in late September that will be shown during Chalayan's upcoming S/S '08 collection, which will debut in Paris on October 3rd. The collection is called "Readings" and Chalayan says it's about "the dynamic between icons and their audience". Cat Power will provide the soundtrack, for both the film and the runway show-- based on ideas submitted to the ShowStudio site and inspired by the following Chalayan-penned brief: "Throughout history, all cultures have idolised and worshipped various forces, either as a means to define identity or simply as a way to feel more complete. In modern life, it can be said that this sense of idolisation is directed towards celebrity culture, the masses identifying with certain figureheads as a means to perhaps define themselves and their differences. In this light, I propose to draw parallels between Greek/Pagan and other ancient cultural perceptions of icons or gods and modern icons (people as opposed to natural forces or gods), which in today's media are evolving much more democratically, with people becoming icons far more easily than in the past. My aim is to find the means to symbolise how all icons are kept alive by the synergy between them and their audience." Okay, now translate that into a catchy chorus! --ANNA FIELDING GRIGGS