Anthony Vaccarello continues to titillate with his artisanal curated collaboration series ‘Self.’ Following on the heels of his recent collaboration with Vanessa Beecroft, the Saint Laurent creative director has teamed with none other than raconteur author Bret Easton Ellis who plays director in a short film released in parallel with Tribeca Film Festival, taking place in New York from April 24th to May 5th.
The film entitled “The Arrangement” centers on a post-modern love triangle capturing jealousy and obsession as summer-time utopia falls into turmoil as lust turns dark. The piece is fitting for the controversial writer of Less Than Zero, American Psycho, and recently launched first non-fiction, White.
The director chose the perfect backing song of “The Windmills of Your Mind” to set the none dialogue piece to. The song was introduced in the 1968 original filming of The Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway going on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. In the original film, the song played to the confusion of the title character moral dilemma. Here the song is perhaps better served as the central character spins with a range of visceral emotions caught in a windstorm surrounding him.
The piece does well to capture different aspects of the Saint Laurent personality too, underlining the complexity of various individuals through the eyes of artists selected by Anthony Vaccarello. His earlier curated works from Daido Moriyama and Vanessa Beecroft are well complemented by Ellis’s emoting hand.
Fashion has long played a role in the arts from muse to sponsor and it is nice to see Saint Laurent continue the tradition of playing both roles and not unlike a windmill it is powering the surounding culture and spinning dialogue.
Saint Laurent Creative Director | Anthony Vaccarello Director | Bret Easton Ellis Director of Photography | Jordan Black Art Director | Steve Hardie Models | Hopper Penn, Tes Linnenkoper & Dakota Lindvall Hair & Makup | Anny Kim Music | “Windmills of Your Mind” Performed by Petula Clark, Written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman and Michel Legrand Producer | Kiss & Kill Production/Editor | Simon Wallon Film Manager At Large | Delphine Roche