Sunday, 5 September 2010

'Most people here don't even have names. Everyone's just passing through'.

Proenza Schouler make expensive ladies' clothes. Harmony Korine makes weird marginal weirdo films for weird marginal weirdos. Naturally the two came together to make an advert / short film to promote the brand's Fall collection. A disillusioned teenage girl's echoey voice-over laments that 'the Earth is a big ball of shit'. So you'd better jazz it up by spending loads of money on graffiti pants. The film, Act Da Fool, features plenty of trademark Korine imagery: the prickly Nashville heat and shabby neighbourhoods littered with abandoned cars and shopping trolleys and skanky mattresses. After being shown Proenza Schouler's Fall collection, these are the images he was apparently inspired to create. Like always with Korine, the line between beauty and ugliness gets blurred.

Not sure what it all means? Not sure it means anything? When the New York Times asked Korine - in reference to Act Da Fool - if he felt his early success had emboldened his confidence in his distinctive aesthetic style, he replied: 'Yeah. I don't know. I don't even think about it. I just do what I want to do. I don't really ask too many questions. I drink lots and lots of malt liquor and snort white-out and just follow the rainbow.' That's that cleared up then.

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