Since the fearless designer duo Humberto Leon and Carol Limtook over the reigns of Japanese-Parisian fashion empire KENZO, their biannual video campaigns have developed into a virtual exhibition platform for emerging moving image talent. First was Watermarked, an uncanny exercise in corporate stock photography by the NYC art collective DIS; followed by Khalil Joseph’s breathtaking five-minute thriller Dawn in Luxor. Since then, emerging and established cinematic talents such as Partel Oliva, Natasha Lyonne, Carrie Brownstein, and Spike Jonze have let creativity flow freely within the Kenzo universe, producing highly original film where all the actors just so happen to wear Kenzo’s latest robes (it’s an advertisment, after all). The latest cinematic take on Kenzo’s graphic and bold fashion is by rising star, the American-Iranian director Ana Lily Amirpour, who got editors watching after her breakthrough hit at Sundance, the Iranian vampire film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014). Here, she is seen teaming up with another fashion favorite, singer Karen O, who delivers a charming soundtrack to the almost 10-minute film. “Humberto and I are technically the producers,” explains Carol in a statement. “The beautiful part about this is it’s two women that decided to make this film together. It’s an amazing artistic endeavor and a conversation between two women. A female musician and a female director. That’s kind of the starting point of this. We’re so excited for it to finally come out.” YO! MY SAINT follows a day in the life of a fashion photographer, as he moves from intimately capturing a model on film, to later unwinding with friends at a karaoke. What is the relationship between photographer and muse, the film seems to quietly reflect on, and who haunts who in this ambivalence? Watch the full clip here.
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