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August 28 2014

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Georgina Chapman Gets Behind the Camera

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Georgina ChapmanMarchesa’s Georgina Chapman is the latest designer to get behind a movie camera—in her case, with a bit of mentoring from Hollywood veteran Ron Howard. She premiered the resulting sixteen-minute film, A Dream of Flying, last night at the Crosby Street Hotel.

Chapman’s directorial debut is part of Project Imagination, a new initiative from Canon (with help from Howard) that aims to make filmmakers out of everyone. For the moment, the camera company has outsourced the task to five celebrities—Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Twitter’s Biz Stone in addition to Chapman—in order to get the ball rolling. The whole batch will have a glitzy premiere next week, with the films going live on the Internet next Friday.

Chapman’s little advance-sneak drew the likes of Rachel Roy and Chapman’s husband, Harvey Weinstein, who offered her tips of his own throughout the process. Her film is a fantastical parable about a little girl (played at one point by Dree Hemingway) who spends an entire lifetime resisting a suitor desperate to have her take to the skies with him.

She used her favorite costume designers as reference points, Chapman said—among them Martin Scorsese go-to Sandy Powell and Milena Canonera, whose credits range all the way from A Clockwork Orange (1971) to Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Of course, for this job, the designer couldn’t focus on the clothes alone. “There are so many components you have to think about,” Chapman remarked. “Not only are you doing the visual, but you also have to do the emotional, and have a business mind, and put together all the other parts.” Might she take on the role again—for an upcoming Marchesa campaign, say? “I had a really amazing time with this,” Chapman said. “You know, we’ll see.”

Photo: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

Life In The Fast Lane

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Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl

Yesterday was not a slow Wednesday night at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas. The Cinema Society screened Ron Howard’s high-octane new racing film, Rush, for an audience that included Courtney Love, Richard Phillips, and Craig McDean. Safe to say the speed freaks left feeling pretty satisfied.

Having debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rush seems on track to please Formula 1 wonks and general audiences alike. It dramatizes one of the great rivalries in the history of motor sport, between a pair of seventies-era drivers—a fun-loving Briton and a calculating Austrian—played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. The evening was co-sponsored by Piaget and Ferrari (the latter of which inevitably ends up getting plenty of screen time) and wrapped up with an after-party at Hôtel Americano.

Hemsworth’s character, James Hunt, was a scintillating pop icon in his day. “He was the first Englishman that I remember considering attractive,” screenwriter Peter Morgan recalled, adding that he and Howard cast a wide net before landing their Australian leading man. “There wasn’t a sexy enough Englishman to play James Hunt.”

And indeed, his story is a remarkable one. Hemsworth, who lost thirty pounds of Avengers bulk in order to fit into an F1 car, figured it would be hard for spectators to look away. “Anything thrilling or adrenaline-driven like this, where there’s a huge amount of risk involved…you’re forced to pay attention and even, I think, to watch someone participate in that,” he mused. Then again, some viewers might be just as drawn to the sex scenes, for which Hemsworth drops his trousers more than once—something he confessed was “more daunting than the racing, to be honest.”

Photos: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Ferragamo Rushes In

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Daniel Bruhl in Ferragamo

Ron Howard’s new film Rush—a flick starring Daniel Brühl (above), Alexandra Maria Lara, Olivia Wilde, Joséphine de la Baume, and Chris Hemsworth, about two rival Formula 1 drivers in the seventies—hits theaters on September 13. And Salvatore Ferragamo’s Massimiliano Giornetti reportedly dressed the movie’s leading couple, Brühl and Lara, who play racer Niki Lauda and his wife, Marlene Lauda, respectively. “I created Niki Lauda’s character’s wardrobe for the film with his most distinctive traits in mind: an extremely determined sportsman obsessed with perfection, never leaving anything to chance, whether it be a strategic move or a stylistic detail,” Giornetti said of the costumes. Sounds a bit like the house’s sporty Spring ’14 menswear collection, no?