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Watch Spike Jonze’s New Kenzo Perfume Ad – Starring Margaret Qualley from The Leftovers

30 Aug

The new Spike Jonze Kenzo World perfume ad has me longing for a couple of things; more music videos directed by Spike Jonze and The Leftovers season 3.

At almost 4-minutes long it plays like some of Jonze’s earlier work such as the video for Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” and “Weapon of Choice” and the star of this ad pulling out some big dance moves is Jill Garvey herself – Margaret Qualley. Moves that come from “Chandelier” choreographer Ryan Heffington.

When it comes to perfume, I don’t tend to wear it very often and the only ones I have are gifts (generally I think a nice smelling moisturizer can do just the trick and with the added bonus of soft skin). This ad also doesn’t tell us anything about the scent, but really what perfume ad does and this is far more preferable to some A-list actor looking deep into the camera and repeating something that is meant to be deep and meaningful.

The packaging is also fantastic.Kenzo WorldThe Leftovers is currently shooting its third and final season in Australia and this is one show I am clamoring for its return. Margaret Qualley’s Jill went from sometimes annoying and surly teen to a character who I wanted to spend more time with. That is a rare thing in dramas like this with The Americans being one of the other shows that gets this balance right.

Qualley also shared this behind the scenes shot and I am in love with this color dress on her.

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The original song made for the ad is called “Mutant Brain” and is performed by DJs Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums with vocals by Assassin.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

30 Aug

It’s an Out of the Box eclectic mix this week as we have a striking location from Breaking Bad, street style from one of our favorite young actresses, a magazine cover shoot and a floral dress to add to the already infinite list of floral dresses on the TV Ate My Wardrobe wish list. As always this is a snapshot of the week on TV, online and in print.

Winner: Jesse on Breaking Bad “Confessions”

Breaking Bad Jesse 5.11

This shot is mostly about location as Jesse waits to be picked up so he can start a new life away from manipulation; his decision to stay could turn deadly but he is following his own agency rather part of Walt’s plan. The cinematography on Breaking Bad is breathtaking and how they use their location is part of that. There are certain LA places that have been used in multiple TV shows/movies such as the oil fields and so they inevitably lose some of their impact. As Breaking Bad is shot on location in Albuquerque this opens up the possibilities for new scenery including Bear Canyon Arroyo Spillway Dam which is featured above.

Alan Sepinwall pointed out that it resembles rows of tombstones and this gives a sense of dread to Jesse’s already perilous situation. Jesse cuts a small figure in this location and with each passing season Jesse has become a shell of who he once was. Costuming wise his clothes don’t look that over-sized from this wide shot but up close they are as baggy as they have always been. This has the effect of making Jesse look even smaller and like he has no kind of authority.

Runner Up: Kiernan Shipka 

Kiernan Shipka Riot Grrrl

At 13, Kiernan Shipka is already infinitely cooler than I ever was at that age (she’s probably cooler than I am now at 30) and she’s embracing the early ’90s (from before she was born) with this Riot Grrrl t-shirt. It’s a really simple outfit – jeans and a tee – and it’s these kinds of outfits that end up being your favorites. We have seen that Shipka can do age appropriate on the red carpet and her day look reflects this.

Runner Up: Alexa Chung on Good Morning America 

Alexa Chung Kenzo

Alexa Chung appeared on Good Morning America in a silk floral embroidered Kenzo dress that is essentially my clothing catnip. The peplum trend isn’t one that I’ve embraced (I haven’t quite figured out how to make it look flattering) but the small peplum detail here is something I could get on board with. First jumpsuits, now peplums if I start endorsing skorts then I know I’ve got a problem. This is a beautiful dress and one that is perfect for both a day time TV appearance and a night in a bar – the latter is something I will more likely be doing.

Runner Up: Lena Dunham Covering Marie Claire 

Lena Dunham UK Marie Claire

In a slightly different version of the Erdem dress that Lena Dunham wore to the Met Gala in May; the styling of this cover and the rest of the shoot plays to Lena Dunham’s strengths. I love the short hair on her (it’s given me some more ideas of how to freshen up my own chopped locks) and the dramatic smoky eyes look great. My one niggle is how open her mouth is, but that aside I think this is a wonderful cover to celebrate 25 years of UK Marie Claire.

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