In May, we spent two days in London and on the road to shoot a highly ambitious project for Ada + Nik Spring/Summer ’15 – a short film called ‘Carpe Noctem’ – the same name as the collection itself. Barely a month later, we premiered the film at the Ada + Nik SS15 runway show and now, with huge pleasure, we get to unveil the digital version in full HD quality.
As with The Dark Wolf, we worked with my brother Oz Thakkar to produce and direct the film. You can read an interview with him about the film on HYPEBEAST. Carpe Noctem is a bizarre, elegant tale of man who diurnally sacrifices to escape his memories. Carpe Noctem is a punk-luxe nightmare melodrama – tangled with a bizarre backstory. It’s a film of the kind that only Ada + Nik would dare create. Brando, played by Oliver Walker, wakes up everyday with no idea who he is – or where he’s come from. His actions are dictated by his primal instincts – lust and thrill.
The film is a hazy blur of premonitions. Brando – a blank canvas – puts on his clothes and drags on his smoke as he discovers himself. Premonitions take us on this punk-luxe journey – with a beautiful girl, a classic hog, and the open road. It’s a nod to the likes of Godard and Murakami – ambiguity and false roads. With a bizarre twist, we’re confronted by the ‘Master’. In the words of Bob Dylan, “..it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord – you’re gonna have to serve somebody” – a reality check hits home – Brando needs to decide whether or not he sacrifices to lose his memories and wake up – every day – the same. A cyclical hell of false roads and sacrifice – or live life free from burdens – free from the past.
Special thanks to Rosewood London, NJOY Premium E-Cigarettes, Thompson London Jewellery, The Q Camera, Deciem (Fountain and inhibitif), AOFM Make Up and Untitled Motorcycles.
An extra special thanks goes to photographer Fiona Garden who documented the two days of filming – the images have been used in features on GQ, WWD etc. and more images can be seen below.
Produced and directed by Oz Thakkar
Fashion: Ada + Nik Spring/Summer 2015
Creative producers: Ada Zanditon and Nik Thakkar
Starring: Oliver Walker and Elarica Gallacher
Co-starring: Luca Ribezzo and Sam Alexander
Original score by: Daniel Rostrup
Granted this has been rumoured for a while now, and in a space where Jessica Simpson has made an absolute goldmine it was just a matter of time before Britney “the brand” expanded beyond perfume and music…and here it is. In a very Femme Fatale album artwork-esque shoot (no it is not an outtake), here is the official announcement and promo image for “The Intimate Britney Spears“. On sale from September 9, 2014 in the U.S. & Canada and from September 26 in Europe. Godney looks incredible in the preview image, I mean legit deity worthy Spearituality. The product looks good too. The collection features a superior selection of lingerie sets, bustiers, kimonos, and night gowns accompanied with basics, sweats and jersey sleepwear.
Goddess by BANKS is going to be huge. The curated tracks that have coupled the promotion for this record have completely surpassed expectations. Dubbing BANKS as “The Female Weeknd) has definitely helped, but with tracks such as Begging For Thread (which just dropped) it shows the mainstream pop (and remix) potential of the track. Lyrically, it’s also totally brilliant and original.
Goddess is released on 9 September via Harvest.
It is FINALLY here! The long awaited video for the lead single from the Robyn and Röyksopp EP of the same name, Do It Again. Directed by Martin de Thurah and shot in Mexico, Robyn commented that “the video stirs up a feeling of chaos which is what we talked about quite a bit when we wrote ‘Do It Again’. Life takes you to a critical point and even though it might not make you happy, when it´s over, you want to go back…”
To celebrate 10 years of Jonathan Saunders, the brand and designer collaborated with writer and director Justin Anderson for this beautiful short film ‘Jumper’ taking inspiration from David Hockney’s ‘Swimming Pool’ series, part funded by the Fashion Film initiative and sponsored by River Island.
The story sees a Pedro Almodovar-esque bourgeois European family’s reality interrupted by the visit of a naked visitor played by actor Guillaume Dolmans.