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Giorgio Armani Films of City Frames BFI

Now more than ever, fashion is part of the entertainment system. And no one knows this better than Giorgio Armani. An early believer in the commercial clout of red carpet dressing, his ad campaigns are cinematic extravaganzas worthy of their very own film awards.

Armani’s passion for cinema extends for another season to Films of City Frames, an initiative designed to give a platform to emerging filmmakers from four of the world’s most prestigious film schools. Their brief? To create a short film based on real life, set in the film school’s city – and starring Armani ‘Frames of Life’ eyewear in a supporting role. (more…)

CUTS THE MOVIE: it’s not all about the haircut

Cuts The Movie - the documentary about London's legendary hairdressers

Nineteen years to make a documentary? How? Why?

Well, the story of why and how Sarah Lewis came to take two decades to make a movie is quite possibly a movie in itself, but for now, let’s concentrate on CUTS The Movie.

Cuts is where I have been getting my hair cut for most of my adult life. I went in to get my first short hair cut (I always wanted to look like one of those i-D girls), and like many of its clients, I never left. Cuts is like family, the Soho-based ‘salon’ is like a rough ‘n’ ready living room with barbers’ chairs; the clients come for haircuts or just to hang out. (more…)

Is Bally picking up the Gucci slack?

Bally Aw15

I’m not sure I can handle any more Royal Tenenbaums references, but these Bally AW15 colour combinations are pretty sublime. Bally has moved on its minimalist, slightly masculine cuts from the last couple of seasons to arrive at something prettier and resembling – dare I say it – Gucci! A happy accident, or a strategic move I wonder? (more…)

Dior and I: watch the trailer

I’ve just watched a screening of the Dior and I movie, the documentary directed by Frédéric Tcheng which comes out on 27th March (in the UK). Following Raf Simons as he creates his first ever Dior collection in just eight weeks (a couture one, no less), it’s a tense and insightful look at Simons’ creative approach and process as he steps into the lead role at Paris’s most iconic fashion house.

It’s a very human and beautiful film. (more…)