SHANGHAI — Saint Laurent will launch the fifth edition of its ongoing Self project here this week, this time inviting Hong Kong’s best-known film director Wong Kar Wai and the acclaimed photographer Wing Shya to co-create a film.
The series, launched a year ago, sees Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello work with various creative figures to capture different aspects of the Saint Laurent personality through art and social commentary. Previous projects have partnered with Daido Moriyama, Vanessa Beecroft, Bret Easton Ellis and Gaspar Noé.
This latest rendition comes in the format of film “A Night in Shanghai” and depicts the model Xiaowen Ju walking on a wire.
“[It] is a story about the introspective research of ourself, which starts from breaking the balance,” according to the brand.
A 15-second trailer was released in anticipation of its unveiling later this week. The short movie will be screened at Yuz Museum in Shanghai, accessible to the public from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24.
While the most recent edition of Saint Laurent’s Self project was a 50-minute film directed by Gaspar Noé, the full work this time is much shorter with a duration just over three minutes.
“Anthony [Vaccarello] loves art and his designs worn gorgeously, and stays independent,” said Wong, known for movies such as “In the Mood for Love” and “Days of Being Wild.” “Saint Laurent is always about ‘breaking the balance’ in this era, like no one else, the brand is brave in expressing itself.”
“It was a very instinctive process based on mutual respect and admiration,” Vaccarello shared. “In the movie you can find and feel the Saint Laurent fantasy taking shape as natural consequence.’