For the latest iteration in Saint Laurent‘s SELF series, a short film project that has already seen collaborations with Brett Easton Ellis, Gaspar Noé and Daido Moryama, creative director Anthony Vaccarello has teamed up with Palme d’Or-winning director Wong Kar-wai, who has curated a special short directed by Hong Kong photographer and filmmaker Wing Shya.
See the full film below.
Like Saint Laurent’s previous Self collaborations, A night in Shanghai is an opportunity to reflect an essential aspect of the brand’s identity through the signature eye of a legendary filmmaker. Together with Hong-Kong photographer Wing Shya, Wong Kar-wai has crafted a shimmering reverie of a film that passes like a daydream: as Chinese model Ju Xiaowen balances across a tightrope, the clip fuses the traditions of Shanghai’s pavilions with the contemporary splendour of Saint Laurent.
“Wong Kar-Wai envisions individual feelings; his art is like a vivid dream projected into real life, which emphasizes the contrast between the fragile aspect of humanity and reality.” says Anthony Vaccarello. “It was a very instinctive process based on mutual respect and admiration, in the movie you can find and feel the Saint Laurent fantasy taking shape as natural consequence.”
Of his collaboration with the brand, Wong Kar-Wai said, “Saint Laurent is unique, distinctive among high fashion. Anthony loves art and his designs worn gorgeously, and stays independent. Saint Laurent is always about ‘breaking the balance’ in this era, like no one else, the brand is brave in expressing itself.”
The short film is set to be premiered in an immersive screen-installation at Yuz Museum in Shanghai and will be available for public viewing from 22nd – 24th November.