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July 12 2014

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2 posts tagged "Cary Fukunaga"

Maiyet’s Movies

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The Geoff Dyer novel Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi is made up of two not exactly connected halves. In the first part, the titular Jeff performs his quasi-professional duties as an art writer making the rounds at the Venice Biennale, i.e., party-going, swilling free drinks, and mingling with the beautiful and fabulous. The novel’s second half, meanwhile, follows an unnamed protagonist, Jeff perhaps, as he wanders, mostly on his own, through the ancient Indian city of Varanasi. Last night’s party in London for Maiyet weirdly merged the two halves of Dyer’s novel. On the one hand, the NOWNESS-hosted shindig had everything a scene-maker could ask for, what with free Champagne (and food, to boot), a performance by Josephine and Alexandre de la Baume’s band, Singtank, and name-drop-worthy attendees like Felicity Jones and Tallulah Harlech. And the Varanasi of it all was amply represented by Maiyet founders Paul van Zyl and Kristy Caylor, who spoke to the assembled crowd about their company’s mission to incorporate rare artisanal skills into their clothes, and specifically about their jacquard production based in…Varanasi. “It’s one of those places that changes you,” Caylor noted, affirming Dyer’s read on the city. “I almost don’t even know how to describe it.”

Varanasi isn’t the only place Maiyet has laid down roots. The brand also has a presence in Kenya, which provided the setting for the series of short films director Cary Fukunaga (who also directed Jane Eyre) made for its Resort 2013 collection. The debut of a re-edited version of the vignettes, which combine them into one short film, served as the occasion for last night’s festivities. “We really just love to work with creative people,” Caylor said when asked if she and van Zyl were planning any future film productions. “That could be a weaver in a small town somewhere, or it can be someone like Cary. I think our next collaboration could be a piece of music, or anything really. It could take any form.”

Photo: Courtesy of NOWNESS

Jane, Not So Plain

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After playing the famously unlovely leading lady in director Cary Fukunaga’s new film adaptation of Jane Eyre, Mia Wasikowska could do with some glamour. Aptly, the petite, nearly pixieish actress donned a floaty, chiffon-dappled Elie Saab tea-length frock at the W magazine and Saab-hosted (that’s the automaker, not the Lebanese designer) screening last night and it was something of a relief. “I always find the costume is the last piece of the puzzle for getting into character,” Wasikowska said. “Especially for this movie, it was so important to feel the repression. The corsets are awful, I couldn’t wait to get out of it every day.”

Set to open in select theaters nationwide this Friday, this remake of the Charlotte Brontë classic novel is the latest in a long line of cinematic interpretations. But the coming-of-age (and finding love, naturally) plot never seems to exhaust its evergreen appeal, especially among a smart female set. Glenn Close, her daughter Annie Starke, and Zoë Kravitz all caught the flick and after-party later at the Soho Grand Hotel. Rose Byrne professed that “it was one of my favorite books I read in school. It’s one of the seminal novels.” (The occasional guy has a soft spot for it too, like designer Thakoon Panichgul, at left with Wasikowska, who stopped by the bash.)

Another part of the draw was Wasikowska’s co-star, the handsome Michael Fassbender. (The duo also posed together for the April cover of W.) In the film, the actor takes on the conflicted role of Edward Rochester, a man who locks his mad wife up in the attic. “He’s a really troubled guy, almost bipolar you could say,” Fassbender described. Lucky for the ladies, his real-life persona was much more light-hearted. The actor revealed that Catcher in the Rye was his preferred classic. “Although,” he added with a laugh, “Winnie the Pooh was really the first book to make an impression on me.”

Photo: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images