Every Girl’s Fantasy: Sadistic Revenge, Plus A Handbag Or Two?
Many fashion films are merely commercials by another moniker. Not so with New York accessories label Reece Hudson’s smoky, mysterious new vignette Thirst, made in collaboration with Bullett magazine. The film, which was made to introduce the designer’s Fall ‘12 collection, left guests like Alexandra Richards and Genevieve Jones tingling. “We did something different by actually telling a narrative,” said director Jenna Elizabeth at a celebratory dinner at Niko, hosted by the film’s star, Chanel Iman. “And I wanted to portray women in a strong, sexually confident light, not under the male gaze or hunched over behind a handbag. ” Instead, Iman catches her lover with another woman and poisons him. “The Fall collection has darker undertones, and Jenna’s work conveys that perfectly,” explains designer Reece Solomon. “And I think, for women, who doesn’t have that kind of sadistic revenge fantasy?”
Iman, for her part, proved up to the task of creating such a character, even if, as her director revealed, she’s nothing like her. “She’s such a good girl in real life,” Elizabeth said. “She’d never even smoked a cigarette.” Good thing she wasn’t sitting too near Chrissie Miller, who puffed surreptitiously behind her sake with pals Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Jack Donoghue. “I just quit,” admitted Jen Brill. She might not be carrying cigarettes in her Reece Hudson bag anymore, but she explained that “it’s a beautiful little olive green bag, the perfect size for my lipstick, cards, keys.”
Bullett Magazine, Reece Hudson Host Screening
By ALESSANDRA CODINHA
The setting was intimate and there was a palpable sense of amity in the air at a celebratory dinner and premiere of the Bullett magazine- and Reece Hudson-sponsored fashion film “Thirst” at Niko in Manhattan on Monday night, but there were some heavy topics on the table.
“Fashion, to me, is much more than clothing,” the short’s director Jenna Elizabeth mused. “It’s evocative of the times. We have a responsibility to provide higher standards, to portray women with strength and confidence, to show women who are not afraid to take up space, to own sexuality in a way that is commanding and not vulnerable. Chanel [Iman] to me embodied all of that cultural responsibility in fashion. She’s the archetype of strength and beauty.”
Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Genevieve Jones and Annabel Tollman joined a clutch of friends and supporters for the screening.
Iman, for her part, has found herself in a position common to young women in their early 20s — though on a grander scale.
“It’s great for me to have people see me as ‘sexy,’ as ‘edgy,’” the model said, “as more than just a ‘commercial’ girl. I’m growing up, you know?”
In the film, Iman gets revenge on an erring lover with the aid of the bondage tape, rope ties, a cigarette and some rather severe-looking surgical instruments (all initially enclosed in Reece Hudson accessories). Femme fatale chops proven, is acting a move she’s considering?
“Yes. I’ve been taking lessons with a coach and been auditioning for a film role, which is really exciting and makes me so nervous....I’ve only ever auditioned for two things before, and it’s hard work. This was just so fun, I mean, I trust Jenna [Elizabeth], I love her work.”
Iman high-fived the director. Elizabeth laughed: “I taught [Iman] how to smoke cigarettes for the last scene, I was like, ‘I’m going to hell for this.’”
Iman grinned. “She kept saying, ‘Don’t inhale. Don’t inhale,’” the model said. “But I still went home with the worst headache.”
I really really really like the part where she's auditioning for a role or she's auditioned twice for roles. Was it for Sparkle? Lol remember someone brought that up...
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