Animal Attraction

Animal Attraction

The Wild Things Of Russia Find Their Spirit Beings

The Wild Things Of Russia Find Their Spirit Beings

Text: Natasha Stagg

Elle Sasson's first fashion film (for S/S '15) is a poetic rumination on the idea of naming one's "favorite animal." Why do girls sketch horses and foxes, and how do we relate to eagles and wildcats? It's good to know that at least one fashion brand is considering these questions. The long shots of a balancing Russian bear are especially satisfying under the voice of one model, who says she would hibernate, if she could, "in a cozy warm burrow full of honey." The black fox is an "excellent actress" and the serval, "something between a cat and a growing tiger." Who doesn't want to inspire those comparisons with what she wears, and how she moves through life?

This video was filmed in Ukraine, no doubt inspired by a rich history of serious literature, dreamy girls, and dancing bears. Says Sasson, who is based in Hong Kong and New York, "The video was shot in a huge warehouse that belongs to friends of ours in the city of Kiev in Ukraine. Some of the girls were friends of ours and some from local modeling agencies in Ukraine, but none of them were actors. We wanted to keep it very natural and personal, as the original concept was to find a real connection between the girls and their animal of choice."

The collection, a whimsical, summery selection of wearable dresses, was designed with much romantic inspiration—conceived in Tulum and at the Chateau Marmont, where Elle celebrated her honeymoon.

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