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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.

Objects Of Desire

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Miu Miu is debuting its third short film in a series dedicated to exploring love—women’s love affair with Miu Miu, that is. Following Zoe Cassavetes’ The Powder Room and Lucrecia Martel’s MUTA, Giada Colagrande’s The Woman Dress is centered around a dark, all-female world of glamour and desire. The short stars the trio (Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart) from electric pop group Au Revoir Simone as witches (wearing Miu Miu’s new Culte sunglasses and chanting to a soundtrack they wrote for the film) along with Indian actress Maya Sansa, who transforms into the object of her desire—a bloodred Miu Miu dress, naturally. The full film will be unveiled tonight at a private screening in New York, but Style.com got an exclusive first look. Below, watch a teaser for the film.

Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu

Hey, Jalousie

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Only in Paris could there be a magazine for It-girls-in-training called Jalouse. But it was only good feelings at La Fidelité last night at Jalouse Rocks, the mag’s annual music fest. André Saraiva, the evening’s impresario, staged the fête at his old-style dining hall in the 10th, and drew a crowd that included directors Zoe Cassavetes and Romain Gavras, Lou Doillon, Olivier Zahm, Dior Haute Joaillerie’s Victoire de Castellane, Yazbukey, Catherine Baba, Colette’s Sarah Lerfel, and bag lady Olympia Le-Tan. The only person missing, really, was Saraiva himself, who is in New York overseeing the finishing touches on his hotly anticipated Chinatown Le Baron.

No matter—here was plenty to discuss among the guests. “Roses” was the only clue de Castellane would give about Dior’s new precious bijoux, while Yazbukey revealed she plans to re-create an 1980′s-style African market to showcase her costume jewelry pieces during Couture. Catherine Baba, just back from the Venice Biennale, has a new fixation—the American poet John Giorno, who gave a reading in Venice at the Bauer Hotel. “He’s 85 and the most magnetic person I’ve ever encountered,” she gushed. The evening was a musical coming out for Lou Lesage, 20 (left), whose sulky pout has been imitated in the bathroom mirror by every teenage girl in France since she debuted in the mother/daughter flick Lol. Lesage performed songs from her EP, all written by her papa, Pierre Emery from French cult band Ultra Orange, but it was her kittenish take on Blondie’s “Rip Her to Shreds” that got those Jalouse girls, and the young men who love them, rocking.

Photos: Theo de Gueltzl

Zoe Cassavetes And Gaby Basora Collaborate For The Girl Who “Loves Clothes But Hates Fashion”

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If such thing as the fashion soul mate exists, Tucker designer Gaby Basora and director Zoe Cassavetes are each other’s perfect match. Call it a sartorial SheHarmony.com. “It only took like five minutes of Gaby and I meeting to realize that we loved each other entirely,” said Cassavetes over dinner with Basora at Paris restaurant La Saturne in March. The director, who now lives in Paris with her husband, Sebastien Chenut, segued into a bemused, wined-and-dined half-rant. “I love clothes but I hate fashion. I’m sorry, I just don’t have time for the blah blah blah,” she said. “Gaby gave me all the clothes I wanted to wear without the fashion bullshit.” Basora reflected the praise right back across the wooden table. “[Zoe] looks phenomenal in the clothes, but there’s also a shared sensibility—same sense of humor, outlook on life.”

Under such mutually admiring circumstances, a collaboration was only inevitable. Their first is a polka-dot print inspired by a book with the rather direct title of Vintage Dress Fabric From the States that Cassavetes picked up at 10 Corso Como in Milan. “It’s a polka dot, but it’s not really. It’s quirkier than that,” said Basora. True enough. On a background of poppy red, the navy dots seem to dance around—the result of the tiny white squares sprinkled around them.

For her summer collection—hitting stores and sites near you at the end of this month—Basora cut the dotty fabric into her ever-flattering, nipped-waist panel dress and a sexy backless jumpsuit. There’s also a silk bikini that’s not quite ready for cannon-balling into the deep end, but is evidence of their next meeting of the fashion minds: Tucker swimwear. Not surprisingly, Cassavetes has lots to say on the subject. “The thing about our bikini is that it’s going to be completely about the ass,” she began. “I want a ruche at the ass crack to give a little…” Basora finished the sentence, “Definition.” “Yes, and you know what? It works very well,” Cassavetes continued. “Basically it’s something you can wear that’s sexy but if you’re not 20, you’re not dying in it.”

Photo: Mei Tao

“Tales” Spin

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The latest from art patron (and fast-fashion abstainer) Miuccia Prada: “The Women’s Tales,” a series of short videos she’s commissioned from female filmmakers featuring clothes and accessories by Miu Miu. In the first film of the series, The Powder Room, director Zoe Cassavetes shoots French actress and front-row regular Audrey Marnay alongside models Caroline de Maigret, Line Gost, and Sophie Vlaming indulging in some mid-party primping. “I love the idea of a powder room; the ritual which takes place within them is very important for women,” Cassavetes said. “I love the sense of intimacy. It’s a place away from men, where you can check out other women, and re-glamorize yourself ready to face the world again.” Check out the re-glamming below.