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by Christine Barnett. London, UK
Cannes attendees were pleasantly surprised thanks to Prada. The controversial director Roman Polanski directed a short film with Helena Bonham Carter and the legendary Ben Kingsley. Only a few minutes long, the film “A Therapy” is timeless and beautifully styled. I wasn’t sure what got me first, the luxurious outfit, the vulgarity of the full length chinchilla or the product placement in the shoes, but you do get to see Ben Kingsley do a little cross-dressing, which is never a bad thing. Prada pays tribute to fashion with the Baz Luhrmann directed ”Schiparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” for the MET, not only in the form of toiles and glossy editorials, but in the medium of film. And what better way to appeal to all the senses? The film speaks to us of loneliness, detachment and how fashion, as therapy acts as a bond and a silent understanding between the characters. After all, all psychiatrists need one for themselves.In this case, Prada does the service. Polanski reflects on doing the film and Prada’s openness in the following statement: ”A game, a thought, that through mutual friendship and mutual respect has become true. When I was asked to shoot a short movie for Prada, I did not think that I could really be myself, but the reality is that in the total freedom I was given, I had the opportunity to reunite my favorite group of people on set and just have fun. The chance to dwell on what the fashion world represents nowadays and the fact that it is accompanied by so many stereotypes if fascinating and at the same time a bit upsetting, but you definitely can not ignore it. It’s very refreshing to know that there are still places open to irony and wit and, for sure, Prada is one of them.”
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