David Bowie has been the star of a number of beautiful videos in 2013 – notably his own, which have been directed by the sickeningly talented Floria Sigismondi. In the Louis Vuitton campaign film ‘L’Invitation au Voyage’, directed by Romain Gavras, Bowie performs a unique version of ‘I’d Rather Be High’ for Arizona Muse at a lavish Venetian party…or does he? You can watch the full director’s cut below.
This luxurious, high end advert is in complete contrast to Romain Gavras’ usual body of work – which includes gritty, controversial videos for the likes of M.I.A and Adidas. I find it quite surprising that Vuitton enlisted him to direct this video, but I’m glad they did.
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I’ve been quite busy recently, so didn’t have the chance to post this when it was new. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change how brilliant this Floria Sigismondi-directed video for David Bowie’s most recent release is. Starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily ageing couple, the pair find themselves hounded and tormented by a whole host of celebrities, who also inhabit the wealthy neighbourhood. The beautiful cinematography, which is by Fight Club’s Jeff Cronenweth, reminds me so much of some of Gregory Crewdson’s most iconic photographs – that suburban veneer of affluence masking a much darker truth. The styling is by Jerry Stafford, creative director of Première-Heure and longtime stylist to Tilda Swinton. Clothes in the video are by McQueen, Lanvin, Jil Sanders, Dior, Lanvin, Pringle, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and KTZ…so chances are, if you like any of the pieces, you’re going to have to look for a high street knock-off version!
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The Sony Music Timeline was commissioned by Sony’s Emma Pike, VP Industry Relations, and created by illustrator and graphic designer Alex Fowkes. Photography by Rob Antill.The timeline chronologically documents Sony’s 125 year history, and dates right back to Columbia’s inception in 1887. Along with featuring the names of over 1,000 artists signed to Sony Music, the timeline also includes key moments in music history, such as the introduction of different music formats and the birth of MTV.
Sony have had some really seminal artists on its label, but I can’t help but feel a bit glum when I look at the last image under the “2010” heading. Sony has gone from nurturing the talents of the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to signing dullards like Matt Cardle, The Vaccines, Hurts and Diana Vickers! I only hope that having this timeline in the Derry Street headquarters might make Sony’s current day staff strive to be a bit more like those who came before them, picking up credible artists who are actually worthy of celebrating.
However, regardless of who Sony decides to sign next, Alex Fowkes is certainly sitting pretty. He will be developing the timeline for the foreseeable future, adding the names of new acts and continuing to document important milestones in the world of music. Nice work if you can get it!
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