The 8-minute fashion film debuted in three sold-out shows at TriBeCa Cinemas during last month’s Fashion Week. It was conceived and directed by Wan, working closely with fellow collective member and Director of Photography Pete Konczal. It features contemporary dancers Lilija Rúriksdóttir & Isaies Santamaria Perez dressed in exquisite pieces by Herve Leger, Diane Von Furstenberg and Azzedine Alaia. Loni Landon and Gregory Dolbashian provided the poetic, expressive choreography.
“Charlie’s approach was fresh and risky,” said Konczal of his first collaboration with Wan. “He wanted to really light the stage, to let the dancers move and exist in this environment. We kept the camera on a dolly, rolling freely with no track, so the dancers could transition through the light and be affected by it. This collective as a whole is very much driven by a like-mindedness, a desire to take chances.”
“This project was an opportunity for CHRLX Beauty to support Charlie and the crew and to show our appreciation for the art of fashion and beauty,” said Executive Creative Director Ryan Dunn, whose previous work with the collective includes the short film “Red Ascent” and films for David Yurman, among others.
“These collaborations aren’t simply about providing post services,” said Executive Producer Corey Budro, “they are about vision fulfillment, collaboration, and whatever comes along with it. We want to allow artists like Charlie and Pete to focus on artistry, and let the story drive the piece.” “Our new Creative Director, Matt Wilson, will push this agenda even further,” Dunn added. “We want to find a balance between live-action, design and CG, between art and commerce – but above all we’re trying to create stories worth remembering.”
“Thanks to CHRLX Beauty, I feel I’ve opened a Pandora’s box within myself,” Wan said. “I began as an Art Director in design and post-production, transitioning into fashion and beauty photography and directing. Now I’ve challenged myself to explore dance. We’re going to see more marriages between dance and fashion – it works emotionally and aesthetically.”
Wan also composed and arranged the film’s track, “Waterfall,” another creative first for him. “What an adventure this has been,” Wan concluded. “I’m so honored to have so many talented people contribute to bring this piece to life. It was a group effort, and a milestone for CHRLX Beauty as a collective.”