>> The 12-minute film David Lynch produced for Dior featuring Marion Cotillard, “Lady Blue Shanghai” (see it here), the third segment in the Lady Dior series — made its debut before a crowd of 500 gathered in Shanghai for Dior's Cruise 2011 show. According to Lynch, the only direction he had from Dior was, "They called me up and said, ‘Would you like to make a short film for the internet? You can do anything you want, you just need to show the handbag, the Pearl Tower and some old Shanghai.’” For both Lynch and Cotillard, the two-day shoot for the film in December marked their first visit to the Chinese city; the outcome is an enigmatic, Lynchian take on a love story.
Cotillard was back in Shanghai on Saturday, front row along with fellow house muse Charlize Theron. Dior face Karlie Kloss opened the French New Wave-inspired show in pink; John Galliano explained of his inspiration: “I didn’t want to come here and present a Chinese-inspired collection to my Chinese friends. I’m the ambassador of the house of Dior, and I wanted to come here with a French-inspired collection and to show the savoir faire of France.”
The afterparty, at which Kelis performed, saw both Galliano and Dior CEO Sidney Toledano dancing on the DJ's platform. And despite the fact that Dior usually shows cruise in New York — with the exception of this season — Shanghai may be the start of something new. Toledano noted: “I think the cruise opportunity is fantastic to go to a new market. This year it’s in Shanghai. I’m sure next year it will be somewhere else.”
Fab Frenchie Marion Cotillard continues to star in Christian Dior's high-drama ads. This Spring, the chase continues, where Cotillard is caught with a secret agent, the Chinese city's sci-fi skyscrapers serving as the fantastical background. Steven Klein shot the scene, titled "Lady Blue."
This campaign is the third in a four-chapter series; stay tuned for a 12-minute film directed by David Lynch, debuting on Ladydior.com May 15. This is also the day Galliano will show Dior's cruise collection in Shanghai. It's all coming together. Galliano explains: “In the David Lynch film, Marion is reciting a poem that he wrote, and was inspired by the Pearl Tower itself. The words and building fuse in the picture he paints on-screen. Shanghai is such a vibrant and inspiring city.” Are you smitten?
Research psychologists at UC Santa Barbara and the University of British Columbia concluded that exposure to surrealist art, film or literature, because it puts you in worlds whose elements don't make sense, drives you to look for structure and sense elsewhere, hence raising "the cognitive mechanisms that oversee implicit learning functions." Want to hear the details of this study? Then read more
"Interview Project is a road trip where people have been found and interviewed . . . it's a 20,000 mile road trip over 70 days across and back the United States. The team found the people driving along the roads, going into bars and different locations. The people told their stories . . . It’s something that’s human and you can’t stay away from it."
— Filmmaker David Lynch about Interview Project, his collection of interviews available online. He and his team, while traversing the United States on a road trip, stopped and asked ordinary people questions like, "What are you most proud of?" "How would you like to be remembered?" "When did you first experience death?" Like photographer Walker Evans's photography project Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Lynch seems to want to capture the spirit of America through its people. I agree with him — it's human, and I won't be able to stay away from it!
If you hang around GiggleSugar long enough, you'll figure out that David Lynch and Crispin Glover are two freaks I love. I guess I'm not the only one. Watch as these two hilarious guys do pretty spot-on impressions of them — especially Crispin Glover dude. Who even has the time for such randomness? Oh, I guess I do.
Call us crazy but we think the Alexander McQueen Spring 2009 show is tapping into some kind of perverse cultural fear of snuggly critters with his very disturbing catwalk closing red eyed rabbit. We don't like to get too pop cultural around here but we simply can't help it. David Lynch's Inland Empire Rabbits, Donny Darko's monster bunny, Monty Python's killer rabbit and South Park's Woodland creatures are all part of a strange cultural lexicon of rabbits and upsetting circumstances. So much for a cuddly bunny huh? All we can say is RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!
David Lynch was the unconventional mastermind behind the freakish television series Twin Peaks. He's also received Oscar nominations for directing the dark masterpieces Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive. So how does this accomplished Hollywood bigwig show a fan his utmost gratitude? He duplicates (well, almost) a notorious scene from Blue Velvet and shoves the fan's panties in his mouth. I'm sure an autographed head shot or a hug would've sufficed just fine, but . . .
Knowing that David Lynch was directing the commercial for Gucci by Gucci has had me excited for months. The artsy, kooky director is a pretty nontraditional guy, so I anticipated seeing what he'd do for a perfume. And here it is: A minute-long spot featuring music from Blondie, a little dancin', and a bit that reminds me of the last scenes of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
So, what do you think? Delightfully weird Lynchian stuff, or a seen-it-before take on fragrance? At first, I thought the ad was a mess, but now that I look at it again, I think Lynch is poking fun at fashion. I like to think of it as an homage to the dancing man on Twin Peaks.