Five fashion short films to watch

Five fashion short films to watch

Anna Frattini · 7 months ago · Style

With Milan Fashion Week just around the corner, we suggest five short films to watch. Some are more famous, while others are more niche, but they all share the same goal: to discuss creativity through a medium that combines fashion and cinematography. From Luca Guadagnino for Salvatore Ferragamo to Beniamino Barrese, the director of Radical Etro, the documentary in which Marco De Vincenzo narrates his work as a creative director. There’s also a short film directed by Autumn de Wilde for Prada dating back to 2017. As mentioned earlier, we will also review two smaller projects: Body.Confy.Dance for Fantabody and Milan is Burning! directed by LEONE. Let’s take a look at them all.

RADICAL ETRO, directed by Beniamino Barrese

The first project we want to talk about is RADICAL ETRO, a short film lasting about twenty minutes that follows the creative director of the Italian fashion house, Marco De Vincenzo, in the days leading up to the Autumn/Winter 2023 runway show. It’s a sincere and realistic story that reflects the thoughts and emotions of the creative mind, filled with doubts and uncertainties. Directed by Beniamino Barrese, it’s a self-portrait that delves into the emotions of a man forced to grapple with the expectations of many people.

body.confy.dance directed by Enea Colombi

Moving on to a project from 2019, Body.Confy.Dance. Directed by Enea Colombi and created for Fantabody, a brand we’ve already discussed here, this short film is a tribute to movement, dance, and above all, the human body. These elements are nothing but a highly effective form of communication that, on screen, under the creative direction of Carolina Amoretti, harmoniously come together for a captivating result.

The Elevator – The Postman Dreams 2, directed by Autumn de Wilde

The Elevator is the fourth episode of Prada’s The Postman Dreams 2 short movie series, produced in 2017 for the holiday season. All episodes were written and directed by American filmmaker Autumn de Wilde. A delightful throwback featuring actors Elijah Wood and Natalia Dyer, this piece brings uncommon atmospheres to the stage, inspired by desire and pleasure. The true star here is the Prada Galleria, a common thread throughout all the episodes.

Milan is Burning! directed by LEONE

LEONE, the director of Milan is Burning!, takes us to a safe place: the ballroom. Nominated in the Best Documentary category at this year’s Milan Fashion Film Festival, the short film tells a profound story about the ballroom scene, which emerged among LGBTQ+, Latina, and Black communities in the ’70s and ’80s. It goes beyond performance, conveying a deep narrative through dance, recounting the story of those who lacked a space for self-expression, freedom, communication, and performance.

Salvatore Ferragamo SS21 Advertising Campaign directed by Luca Guadagnino

We’re still in Milan, and the protagonists of this short film created for Salvatore Ferragamo’s advertising campaign are Mariacarla Boscono, Maggie Cheng, Jonas Glöer, Samer Rahma, and Anok Yai. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, watching this short film exudes the typical atmosphere of Italian director’s films. Inspiration is drawn from Hitchcock’s cinematography, all conceived in collaboration with the creative director of the time, Paul Andrew.

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Let’s go back to photographing like we used to

Let’s go back to photographing like we used to

Giulia Guido · 21 hours ago · Photography

Siamo una generazione di nostalgici, ammettiamolo. Nell’arco di vent’anni abbiamo assistito a talmente tanti cambiamenti che gli oggetti che facevano parte della nostra infanzia iniziano a mancarci. Ma non ci mancano solo gli oggetti, ci mancano i sapori, i momenti, i piccoli gesti che riuscivano a racchiudere un mondo di emozioni e ricordi. Uno di questi è sicuramente quello di scattare fotografie con la macchina fotografica. La macchina ben salda tra le due mani e l’indice della mano destra impegnato a premere il tasto per fotografare sono stati sostituiti dal pollice pronto a sfiorare lo schermo di uno smartphone. In pochi anni, un battito di ciglia, il mondo ha preso una forma strana, quella dei 9:16 degli schermi più piccoli. Ma quanto ci manca quel click a ogni scatto? E lo zoom girando la rotellina in alto a destra? Quanto ci mancano le foto in orizzontale?
A intercettare questo sentimento nostalgico sono stati Xiaomi e Leica che ancora una volta hanno unito le forze per realizzare un prodotto che forse, per la prima volta nella storia della telefonia, invece di essere uno smartphone con un buon apparato fotografico, è una macchina fotografica con smartphone integrato. Lo Xiaomi 14 Ultra unito al Photography Kit è l’oggetto giusto per farci ritrovare i gesti che abbiamo quasi dimenticato, senza però rinunciare alla qualità di oggi. 

“See The World In A New Light”, un progetto di Xiaomi e Leica

I più scettici diranno che uno smartphone non potrà mai sostituire una macchina fotografica. Proprio per questo motivo Xiaomi e Leica hanno coinvolto non uno, ma ben sette fotografi di sette paesi diversi lanciando loro una sfida: raccontare un tema esclusivamente attraverso le lenti dello Xiaomi 14 Ultra. Dalla street photography al ritratto, fino alla fotografia documentaria, i progetti nati da questa collaborazione sono caratterizzati da una qualità invidiabile da molti e sono stati presentati a Madrid lo scorso 11 aprile dagli stessi fotografi che hanno raccontato la loro esperienza e di come lo Xiaomi 14 Ultra sia riuscito ad andare incontro a tutte le loro esigenze, che si scattasse di giorno o di notte, a colori o in bianco e nero, fermi o in movimento. 

Maurice Pehle – Craftmenship (Germania)

Javier Corso – Taste (Spagna)

Rui Caria – Tradition (Portogallo) 

Fabien Ecochard – Vitality (Francia)

Emanuele Di Mare – Moments (Italia)

Vasilis Makris – Authenticity (Grecia)

Anto Magzan – Heritage (Croazia)

Si può mangiare con gli occhi?

Da Madrid, il nostro viaggio è continuato a Valencia dove è stato presentato un altro progetto ideato da Xiaomi con la collaborazione di Leica che ha visto coinvolti due protagonisti speciali: il fotografo spagnolo Javier Corso e Begoña Rodrigo, chef del ristorante La Salita, una stella Michelin. Corso e Rodrigo hanno lavorato fianco a fianco per raccontare la cucina in modo nuovo e rivoluzionario: ogni piatto del menù della chef è stato abbinato a una maestranza artigianale, e quindi a un materiale, che ritroviamo sia nell’impiattamento sia nei sapori. Se fino ad oggi pensavamo che fosse impossibile fotografare un sapore, dopo aver scoperto il progetto “Eating with your eyes” e aver provato di persona a scattare i piatti del menù de La Salita ne siamo un molto meno certi. 

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Torniamo a fotografare come una volta

Una volta collegata l’impugnatura per macchina fotografica allo smartphone (che fa anche da powerbank e si è rivelato molto utile stando fuori dalla mattina fino a sera), tornare a fotografare come una volta è stato un po’ come andare in bicicletta: è bastato solo uno scatto per ricordare tutto ciò che pensavamo di aver dimenticato.
Forse, se le nostre vecchie macchinette avessero avuto la qualità della modalità pro dello Xiaomi 14 Ultra non le avremmo mai abbandonate. Ora grazie a Xiaomi e Leica possiamo riassaporare il passato e il vero gusto della fotografia, ma guardando al futuro.

Tutte le fotografie sono state scattate con Xiaomi 14 Ultra

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Not your usual Granny

Not your usual Granny

Giorgia Massari · 14 hours ago · Photography

“But what will you do with all the photos you take of me, one is enough for the cemetery, you know!” comments the grandmother of photographer Alessia Spina, who has made her the undisputed protagonist of her latest project. Nonnetta is the title of the photographic project that marks the transgenerational bond. An exploration of intimacy led by a granddaughter armed with an analog camera, rooted in her family and traditions. In Alessia Spina’s photographs, Nonna Elvira embodies the essence of all grandmothers, and through these images, we witness a tapestry of glances, laughter, gestures, tastes, acts of care, and daily rituals, each imbued with an emotional depth that challenges capture. Spina’s project will be on display in Milan from October 1st to 13th as part of the PhotoFestival at Via Laghetto 2.

Nonna Elvira represents not only herself but all grandmothers. She seizes life with both hands, savoring its joys and laughter. She is a safe harbor, much like her beloved San Benedetto del Tronto, her hometown. She is a drawer filled with goodness, to be opened when needed, when it’s cold outside and the world inside aches. She is a repository of memories, brimming with the unique flavors of her cannelloni and a fragrance that fills the mind and heart, soothing even the deepest wounds, much like Proust’s madeleine.

In the frames captured by Alessia Spina, we witness the eternal beauty of the transgenerational bond, a tapestry woven from the threads of love, memories, and the essence of family. Nonnetta is not just a photographic project; it is a testament to the power of love and the timeless connections that bind generations together.

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Giulia Frump wants us to reconect with nature

Giulia Frump wants us to reconect with nature

Collater.al Contributors · 4 days ago · Photography

We’ve already talked about Giulia Frump here, but we couldn’t miss mentioning MAPS, the project by the photographer dating back to 2019, now on display at MIA Photo Fair until April 14th. The intention of this visual narrative is to reconstruct this seemingly invisible bond with the natural world through photographs, juxtaposing elements as diverse as they are similar. This reflection stems from the world we live in, characterized by increasingly frequent and facilitated connections where physical contact is diminishing day by day. A consideration shared by many, especially post-COVID-19, but one that continues to fascinate us.

Giulia Frump’s project also speaks of acceptance towards the changing body, aging, and the need to know when to stop. The subjects are all female: women who «have chosen to fearlessly show what can be socially perceived as flaws (skin blemishes, wrinkles, gray hair, scars, veins, and more), offering a genuine image of the numerous changes that occur throughout life, embracing them and letting photography assist them in a process of acceptance,» as the photographer tells us.

In short, this new reality brings us closer to distant worlds, but simultaneously sets aside our belonging to the natural world, now relegated to a few moments of our daily lives. However, this alienation has sparked MAPS, which as early as 2019 was reflecting on these issues.

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MIA Photo Fair, What We Liked Most

MIA Photo Fair, What We Liked Most

Giorgia Massari · 5 days ago · Photography

The preview of the eighth edition of MIA Photo Fair, the photography fair that returns to Milan every year with a selection of international artists, was held yesterday, April 10. This year it is no longer in the usual Superstudio Maxi, but moves next to the star of the week, Miart. So that, potentially, in one day the bravest can see two fairs by getting off at the Portello metro stop. Miart at gate 5 of Allianz MiCo while MIA Photo at gate 16. Getting to the point, let’s talk about what we liked. As is always the case, following the trade fair system, many of the exhibits are seen and seen again, but still enjoyable to review such as shots by established photographers of the caliber of Giovanni Gastel and Ugo Mulas, or even photojournalists Fausto Giaccone and Carlo Orsi. But, among the many evergreens we have unearthed a few new ones, perhaps a few names we have already heard, but not so much in our opinion. Therefore, we made a selection of our favorite booths.

#1 Maria Svarbova – ARTITLEDcontemporary (B022)

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#2 Irina Werning – OTM Gallery (B023)

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#3 Karla Hiraldo Voleau – Christophe Guye Galerie (B019)

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#4 Laetitia Ky – LIS10 Gallery (E014)

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#5 Giulia Frump – Young Art Hunters (F018)

#6 Paolo Ventura – MarcoRossi ArteContemporanea (A022)

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#7 Daniele Ratti – VisionQuest 4Rosso (C018)

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#8 Najla Said – Mashrabia Gallery (F005)

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#9 Angelo Formato – Welcome to my known collective exhibition

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#10 Thorsten Brinkmann – Galleria Fumagalli (A019)

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MIA Photo Fair will remain open until Sunday, April 14.

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