10 November 2010

Grazia, Helena Christensen and David Gandy Re-enact BLOW UP!

So this is a fun project, from the swanky W London hotel (set to open in Leicester Square in February). The creative teams there - who also came up with the utterly fabulous staff casting with ANTM's J Alexander - have decided to recreate classic 1960s fashion movie "Blow Up" for 2010. Fans of the black-and-white 1966 Antonioni-directed original, will know recall the plot revolved around a fashion photographer, living the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll dream with Sixties iconic faces such as Sarah Miles and bodypaint goddess Verushka (who triumphantly reappeared recently, modelling at the age of 71 on Giles' catwalk for Spring/Summer '11).

As a fun role-reversal twist, W has cast a (female) model-turned-photographer Helena Christensen as the fashion photographer, and the model is played by a man; David Gandy (okay, he's hardly just a man; he's Dolce & Gabbana's white-trunked fragrance Adonis).

Plus there are tons of fun cameos (such as Rev star Tom Hollander!). In the original movie, the photographer, Thomas, was famously based on ladies'-man-about-town David Bailey, then in his model-seducing heyday [in that decade alone he romanced Jean Shrimpton, Catherine Deneuve, Penelope Tree amongst others]. Only those in the know will recognise Fenton Bailey, David's 22 year old son (and former Burberry model) as Helena's dark-haired assistant in the opening scene.

AND Grazia's own Shopping Editor Sophie Ferguson Jones makes a scene-stealing appearance [at 2.26!], just to give the fashiony film some added authenticity. Emote, baby. Emote!

Rumour has it Gandy is keen to break into the movies, and is hoping his acting debut in this film will be the perfect calling card in Hollywood. He certainly makes a convincing male model, but we think Sophie's fashionista is the winning performance.

[Oh, and we just have to ask: do you think Helena pulls off those dungarees?]


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