Fred and Ginger moved as one. Toe-tapping their way across the floor, their presence in Top Hat was as smoothly choreographed as a seamless solo routine. Such was the power of their romance, a force harnessed by Dries Van Noten for AW13 with feather-speckled thirties silhouettes, gemmed costume jewellery and paisley tailoring.
This new film shot by Harrison Boyce and styled by Dazed’s Emma Wyman captures the old world charm of the collection – through a lens darkly. Shifting light twists sharp movements, toying with different variations of two characters. “We wanted to keep the shoot simple and put the focus on the clothing, so we created this line of light that Carolin was able to move in and out of as well as creating a moving light setup to emulate a spotlight feel,” Boyce explains.
The result is a hypnotic disappearing act in which the glamour of clothing stars. The lighting itself was inspired by a scene in Top Hat that transitions from day to night, the changed lighting playing with perception and mood. Though small, the model’s movements seem to dance with the camera without circling out of frame, a trick Fred and Ginger enchanted audiences with time after time.