Art Basel Miami Beach—Tis the season for the men of Miami to dress up in Dior. Artistic Director for Dior Homme Kris Van Assche is launching a fifth freestanding retail boutique, a multi-dimensional luxury space offering instant access to the label’s ready-to-wear, footwear, eyewear, leather goods, watches, jewelry and fragrance. Distinctly anchored in the rapidly rising Design District, the space emphasizes Dior Homme’s signature sleek symmetry and contemporary architecture with rich, tactile finishes creating a sensory-stimulating shopping experience – including a permanent film installation.
What better way to inaugurate Dior Homme’s presence in Bruce Weber’s hometown than enlisting the filmmaker to create Can I Make the Music Fly, a short merging the timeless sophistication of the Dior man with the elegant expression of a particularly diverse range of prominent and passionate classical artists. “I greatly enjoy collaborations with other artists, it's one of the great perks of my job to work with creative talents who I admire,” Van Assche muses. “Bruce is an incredibly talented photographer and filmmaker and one of the most influential figures in the world of fashion. This film is particularly fascinating, as he brings a very personal aesthetic to his work.“
Dedicated to iconoclastic Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, Weber’s film recruits the talents of virtuosos from around the world—English Violinist Charlie Siem, pianist Mason Buccheri from California, Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin and 12 year-old violin prodigy Claudius Agrippa. A series of vignettes feature the four interpreting works by Ravel, Debussy and others in Weber’s signature black and white tableau, unleashing the irrepressible spirit motivating such disciplined arts.
Premiering in synergistic timing for Art Basel, art and fashion luminaries converge to revel in the very thing motivating Weber’s latest work—the emotional dimension of creativity in every form. Van Assche adds, “It is one of the largest and most important international art fairs, drawing crowds from fashion, art, music, film and integrated industries from all over the world. For us, there was no better time to open a boutique in the Design District, and no better time to celebrate the store and this film project with Bruce.”
Can I Make the Music Fly debuts online today (December 6) at diormag.com.