September 19, 2009
The Terence Gross film that accompanied Jasmine Al Fayed's presentation in the round depicted the dance of death between the matador and the bull. The fact that it was acted out by two vampish women added a sexual subtext that the clothes themselves assiduously courted, from the strapless sheath in burgundy leather to a crystal-studded bikini in a black and red Deco pattern to a floor-length tank dress in transparent paillettes. Not to mention the gold Lurex fingers that tweaked the nipples on a white tee. The pervasive mood of Gross' film loaned a distinctly fatale quality to Al Fayed's femme. She was a lot retro, too. Her home address might be David Lynch's Mulholland Dr., where she would loll in her pink peignoir or pose in her bra and pants set. And if she seemed hard, it was an impression that was underscored by Beth Ditto blaring out "Dimestore Diamond."