If you were one of many Beyoncé fans blown away by the visuals and urgent themes of the musician’s visual album Lemonade, brace yourselves for another masterpiece from the film’s Grammy-nominated director Kahlil Joseph, who, in collaboration with legendary fashion brand Kenzo, created a stunning short film, “Music Is My Mistress”, to showcase its spring 2017 collection.
Released this week, the film stars Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) and Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish). The film takes Joseph’s recognized non-linear and impressionistic approach to tell a trippy tale of one man’s efforts to seek guidance from a powerful muse and esteemed member of African royalty. Musicians Kelsey Lu and Ish also make appearances in the film’s 12 minutes.
“With every campaign film we always try to take Kenzo to a new place,” designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon said in a statement. “This is the second time we’ve worked with Kahlil on a short film and with ‘Music Is My Mistress,’ he evoked another viewpoint on our collections that felt right to us. Visually, the movie is incredible and leads us to confirm we were right in trusting our instincts when we asked him to work with us on the project.”
Last season, Leon and Lim enlisted Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) for a short called The Realest Real. The duo have also previously worked with Spike Jonze and Sean Baker, which, justifiably, have helped recognize Kenzo as one of Fast Company’s 2017 list of Most Innovative Companies.
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