12 posts tagged "The Kills"
We’re used to seeing Kate Moss in front of the camera. Just in the past few weeks, the supe starred in the new Stella McCartney ad campaign and verified that her career is stronger than ever—this year was her most lucrative to date. (She’s reportedly worth $92 million.) Seeing her on the other side of the lens, however, isn’t something that happens quite so often. For British Vogue‘s September issue, Moss took her first stab at filmmaking with The Wolf in Her, a short film that captures Lara Stone frolicking in the woods for a Mario Sorrenti shoot. Shot on a Super 8 camera, the film has a fuzzy, ethereal quality to it, enriched by background music from her husband Jamie Hince’s band, The Kills. A few wolves also made it into the video, which makes us question the fear factor on set. We’d like to think Moss kept her cool, as always. Watch the film, here.
Rock stars embody a sense of freedom and glamour that fashion will forever be chasing after. No designer has championed the rocker look more than Hedi Slimane, who successfully revitalized Saint Laurent by mining youth-culture codes for creative inspiration. A true fanboy, Slimane regularly casts lanky musicians to walk his runway shows and also fills his front rows with a tribe of real-life musicians, including Alex Turner, Miles Kane, and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. But SL isn’t the only brand getting with the band lately. For his Diesel Black Gold Resort collection, Andreas Melbostad studded and stenciled tough leather vests and biker jackets that read “Race to the Grave.” Haider Ackermann took his signature decadent aesthetic in an edgier direction for Spring ’15 with black vinyl pants and silk sashes worthy of Keith Richards. And Undercover’s Jun Takahashi paid tribute to New York’s proto-punk scene by featuring the cover art from Television’s Marquee Moon album in his latest menswear lineup. Off the catwalk, models of the moment are striking a similar note with electric, eclectic ensembles. During the Paris menswear shows, Grace Hartzel’s bohemian frock and silver amulets channeled a Ladies of the Canyon vibe, while Waleska Gorczevski paired a grungy Nirvana T-shirt with black shredded jeans—proof that the rock-star trend is as much about attitude as it is about the clothes.
When they’re not perfecting down-on-love indie rock as The Kills, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are quietly prolific in their individual art careers. Mosshart, who dropped out of art school to pursue music, devotes her extra time to painting, while her bandmate, Hince, photographs their adventures on the road. Up until this year, their nonmusical passions have remained mostly private, but now, two months after Mosshart’s debut painting exhibit, Push It, where she showcased her work alongside twenty other female artists, Hince will have his first photography exhibit, dubbed Echo Home, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC, opening tonight. While gearing up for The Kills’ tour in Nashville, Tennessee, Hince took a moment to talk about the differences between his music and photography; if fashion photography is in his future; and shooting his supermodel wife, Kate Moss.
Do you have anything special planned for this tour as far as the visuals and what you’ll be wearing?
We always put a bit of time into thinking about what we’re wearing—not like we want to present a new outfit, but it’s quite difficult touring in the summer because I’m not a T-shirt-and-sneakers kind of guy. I hate it when it’s really hot and all you can wear is a T-shirt, so I have to find cool, lightweight shirts and jackets that I can wear. As far as the visuals, we have a new light show.
Do you try to keep your photography and music separate?
Music takes up a lot of time, makes me really nervous, and gives me all of this fear about being ordinary. The other thing doesn’t take up any time at all. Clicking my fingers is like blinking my eye. I’ve never taken photography seriously. I have an aesthetic that’s not based on technicality; it’s based on what I think is beautiful. I feel like photography isn’t about technique anymore. It’s just a window into someone’s life. More and more people want to be in touch with some kind of authenticity, and photography is a way to do that—I mean, everyone’s a photographer now, aren’t they?
You’ve been doing photography for so long. Why finally have an exhibition now?
I’ve never really had any ambitions for it. I started taking a lot of photographs on our first tour. I felt like I might never go back on tour, Brazil, or the Chelsea Hotel, so I took photographs as a way of remembering the time. I was documenting things that were happening to me, and I took my camera everywhere. There are a lot of pictures of parties. Ironically, since I met Kate, I take pictures in a much different way because there’s so much privacy in that world that I don’t take my camera to parties anymore. My pictures have changed.
Alison has talked about how her paintings similarly function as a snapshot of where she was at that moment. Do you give each other feedback on your art?
Yeah. Art has always been a big part of our lives before The Kills and during The Kills. When you go on tour and you’re moving a lot, the way you make art has to change. The things you do have to be done quickly, pretty much in one setting because you’re on a tour bus. I think that’s why I switched to photography and that’s why Alison rarely takes more than two hours to do a painting. We definitely give each other feedback. It’s kind of difficult because I love everything she does. I think she’s such a fantastic painter. I’m really envious of the way she paints. She never paints anything and throws it away. There’s never anything bad, which is pretty amazing.
Do you have a favorite photographer?
He’s not very well-known. He’s an old Russian guy named Nikolay Bakharev. A few years ago I got in touch with him about doing a project together. We were going to go on a train—he lives about eight hours from St. Petersburg—and we were going to work out what the project was going to be on the journey. Maybe he’d take pictures of me and I’d take pictures of him. It didn’t happen. But he’s an incredible photographer. He took a lot of mood pictures of very brutal-looking people who look like they spent a lifetime in prison. He kind of makes the ugly look beautiful.
You’ve worked with fashion brands before like Equipment. Has anyone approached you to shoot a campaign for them?
I’ve done a couple of shoots for magazines but not campaigns. I shot Alison for a French magazine. But no, I’m open to the idea, though. [laughs]
Is Kate a muse for you?
Yeah, she’s annoyingly beautiful. Jack White was telling me that when Kate did a video for The White Stripes’ “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself,” afterward he said, “Can I have a picture with you?” They took the picture and he saw it was just like, “Wow.” He needed twelve shots to get himself looking good, and in every shot she just looked like this icon. It’s really, really easy taking pictures of Kate.
Has she given you any tips?
She’s interested in it, but she doesn’t give me any guidance. The thing about Kate is that she’s a free spirit. She doesn’t care about technique or any way you should be doing things. She’s really aesthetically open-minded. Sometimes a shot will come back that will be completely wrong technically—out of focus, wrong exposure—and it will be the most beautiful shot of the lot.
If the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show didn’t solidify Saint Laurent’s place as the official fashion house of the music biz, we don’t know what will. Creative director Hedi Slimane has long dressed (and been pals with) mega pop and rock stars. If you’ll remember, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Beck, and Sky Ferreira have all starred in campaigns for the brand. The Kills’ Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart are Saint Laurent front-row fixtures come fashion week, and Slimane has crafted custom onstage outfits for the likes of Daft Punk and Keith Richards. The label’s latest stint in the spotlight came yesterday evening, when Bruno Mars and his band wore custom metallic Saint Laurent jackets, skinny ties, and black trousers during their performance. Looks like the Grammy Award-winning pop prince has officially been inducted into the SL club of cool.