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Wes Anderson Whets Appetites at Prada

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A Still from Castello Cavalcanti

Last night at Prada’s Soho store, for an all-too-brief eight minutes, industry insiders sipped cucumber gimlets and disappeared into the wondrous world of Wes Anderson’s latest vision. The downtown fete celebrated the premiere of Anderson’s short film, Castello Cavalcanti, a playful, darkly saturated jaunt that casts Jason Schwartzman as a fifties Prada-outfitted race car driver. Italian actress and director Giada Colagrande stars alongside Schwartzman in the flick, which originally debuted at the Rome Film Festival in November.

“Wes is a very precise, clear-minded director—you can tell from his movies!” commented Colgrande from the stairs of Prada’s rather impressive in-store screening room. “So it was great fun. He tells you exactly what to do, how to do it, and I found myself copying him exactly.”

It seems that copying Anderson (who, it should be noted, collaborated with Prada and Roman Coppola earlier this year on a short for the brand’s Candy L’Eau perfume, which starred Léa Seydoux) served the cast well. The audience consensus was that the oh-so-short film was just that—quite quick and a tease for more, not to mention an enticing complement to Miuccia’s jewel-toned, street art-heavy Spring ’14 collection, whose arrival we look forward to just as much as Anderson’s next project, the forthcoming full-length The Grand Budapest Hotel. “Prada and Miu Miu really marry [their] ideas with those of the author—or in this case, the director,” concluded Colagrande. “I think that’s why they make such wonderful projects all the time.”

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Miu Miu’s Women Tell Another Tale

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In 2011, Miu Miu debuted The Women’s Tales, a series of short films that Miuccia Prada commissioned from international female directors (Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande, and Massy Tadjedin), each of whom explored various aspects of the feminine experience in their work. Today, Miu Miu has released a trailer of the fifth film in the series—The Door—which, directed by Ava Marie DuVernay (who, it should be noted, became the first African-American woman to win the best director prize at Sundance for her film Middle of Nowhere in 2012) illuminates both the power of female bonds and the transformative function of clothing (Miu Miu clothing, to be exact). “Every time a woman makes a film, it is a political act, in my view, whether we mean it to be or not,” says DuVernay. “Films by women—whether comedy or drama, documentary or narrative—illustrate the human experience through a woman’s voice, through a woman’s eyes, through a woman’s creativity. Experiences which are often marginalized, fabricated, or simply ignored.”

Starring Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye, and singer-songwriter Goapele, The Door follows each member of its cast as she approaches a friend in need (who happens to be the film’s heroine). Take an exclusive sneak peek at DuVernay’s film (above) and keep an eye out for the full-length version, which will debut on Miu Miu’s website on February 11.