Kenzo‘s seasonal short films have become a staple of the fashion world. Having enlisted everyone from Spike Jonze to Orange is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne over the years, the shorts have become a highly anticipated part of the fashion brand’s collections. To kick off 2018 they’ve enlisted both Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night director Ana Lily Amirpour for their first short film of the year, YO! MY SAINT.
Featuring original music from O, with a little help from Michael Kiwanuka, the film was both written and scored by the musical icon. Centered around the theme of muses, the film follows a fashion photographer, presumably shooting the campaign for Kenzo’s SS18 range, with model and actress Kiko Mizuhara and Game of Thrones actress Jessica Henwick staring as the two muses. The clothes from Kenzo’s new collection feature throughout without some particularly nice-looking shirts gracing the screen. Musically, Karen O’s contribution to the film’s soundtrack is a swaggering yet vulnerable anthem that stands up with some of her best work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or on her own.
Speaking about her work on the project Karen O said “When I thought of the muses for Humberto and Carol being this Japanese artist and model, it just sparked this other side of my imagination, which is the Asian melodrama that’s within me” explains Karen. “For the music, I immediately wanted to do melodramatic and romantic and with lots of yearning and high stakes – all that good stuff that’s in any Korean soap opera. It just started owing through me [sic]. Also, I wanted there to be something authentically romantic about it in some kind of slightly unconventional way. That’s where my head went with it.”
Watch the short films below and read a conversation between Karen O, Ana Lily Amirpour and Kenzo’s creative directors on the Kenzo website.
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