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samantha pleet’s second career: film

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Fashion week is starting to feel like a film festival. Last Thursday, Tara Subkoff screened her Fame Fatale short, starring her new collection for Bebe; a day later, Scott Sternberg bowed his Band of Outsiders videos starring Kirsten Dunst; tonight, Melissa Coker of Wren will debut the Alia Raza-helmed Another 3 Women. Moving pictures are all the rage, it seems. But no one can accuse Samantha Pleet of jumping on the bandwagon: For a few seasons now, the Brooklyn-based designer has been giving her collections the celluloid treatment, borrowing the skills (and equipment) of her talented friends. Samantha’s Season of Wonders, as Pleet dubbed her presentation last night, projected a video installation directed by artist Tom Hines (a pal); starring, among others, writer Eviana Hartman (Pleet’s partner in the brand Bodkin); and set-designed by Patrick McGovern (Pleet’s husband.) “It’s kind of inspired by the Czech New Wave film Valerie and her Week of Wonders,” Pleet explained of the video. “We wanted it to have that same sense of disoriented time and place, like you’re not sure where you are.” As for Pleet, she knows exactly where she is: the catbird seat. As well as her popular eponymous line and the sustainably produced Bodkin (which was recently picked up by L.A. store Vie), Pleet is the mind behind Rapscallion, a collaboration with Urban Outfitters due in October. And her next stop is Hollywood. “We’re going to be doing a pop-up store in L.A.,” Pleet said of the Rapscallion launch. No word on who’s bidding on the film rights.

Photo: Thomas Hines

alia raza films wren’s lookbook

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In the old days, designers would spiral-bind a few photos together and call it a lookbook. Such simplicity, while touching, just doesn’t cut it anymore. On the rise: the short film-cum-lookbook, a trend that Melissa Coker of Wren is working for Spring ’09. The L.A.-based designed asked her filmmaker friend Alia Raza to collaborate with her on a short that will debut next Thursday (having worked on similar projects with the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Kim Gordon, and Devendra Banhart in the past, this isn’t new turf for the filmmaker). The film’s called “Another 3 Women” and stars Karen Elson, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, and Sarah Sophie Flicker. Raza combined the dialogue from Robert Altman’s film “3 Women” and Woody Allen’s “Another Woman.” “It’s less about the literalness of what is occurring on screen and more about what remains in our minds and influences us after we’ve seen a film or a work of art,” she explained from her set at the recently opened Gild Hall in the financial district, Jason Pomeranc’s newest Thompson Hotel property. “I like the idea of contemporary performers re-enacting lines combined from past films in order to create new scenes and new situations. Like my previous video series, ‘Hypnotic Cascade,’ it aims to make vague the boundaries between the worlds of contemporary art, cinema, and fashion.” One boundary this international threesome was debating was the art of accents; Flicker is a local, but Restoin-Roitfeld is French, and Elson is a Brit living in the American South. “Cate Blanchett—now she can do any accent,” Elson said from her perch in Gild Hall’s penthouse suite (think English country club, with leather chairs, old books, and Scottish tartans). “But you’d think I’d be better at a Southern accent. I live with two kids in Nashville, for heaven’s sake.”

la’s cages aux folles

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Los Angeles is in the grip of a particularly chic strain of avian fever. Symptoms first appeared at Wren’s Fall 2008 collection preview, where models stood before grand yet delicate birdcage sketches. These same birdcages soon spread to the walls of Larchmont boutique Lux and Ladyboy Shoes’ Echo Park launch party. Their source? Amy Jo Diaz, art director, illustrator, photographer, and stylist extraordinaire. “I think people can relate to them in a lot of ways. They’re bizarrely romantic, a beautiful, ornate mask for the bird’s lack of freedom,” she says. “I love the hand-drawn yet powerful feel of Amy Jo’s work. There’s something about it that reminds me of Edward Gorey,” says Wren’s Melissa Coker. With a multitude of high-profile collaborations in the works, including artwork for upcoming film “The Soloist” and costume design for L.A. band Hecuba, we suspect Diaz’s graceful creations are about to become even more widespread.

Photo: Courtesy of Amy Jo Diaz