Many designers use film as a creative outlet through which to express their full visions. For instance, Kenzo's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim released two films in one month, both times collaborating with people in the entertainment industry (Spike Jonze directed the ad for the brand's new fragrance, while Carrie Brownstein wrote and directed the Fall 2016 campaign short). Yesterday, it was announced that Miuccia Prada, who's previously worked with mega directors including Wes Anderson, tapped director David O. Russell to work on Past Forward, a short film that will debut during Milan Fashion Week.
But all of that pales in comparison to Tom Ford, who for the second time in seven years has stepped out of fashion to direct a feature film. While we have previously discussed the hubbub surrounding the plot of Nocturnal Animals (which was screened at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals in the past few weeks), the first trailer has now been released, giving audiences a sneak peek at what’s to come.
Animals somehow looks darker and more mysterious than previously expected. Naturally, Ford has an eye for framing shots. Everything looks sleek. Add to that what appear to be excellent performances from Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal and a number of deeply chic costumes (this is Ford, after all), and it looks as though this movie might be one of the buzziest of the year. How on earth Mr. Ford was able to develop a film, premiere it at festivals on different continents, and launch a see-now-buy-now Fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection is beyond us, but then again, he’s has always been a bit of a creative tour de force.
Nocturnal Animals will hit select theaters on November 19th. For those wanting to get a jump on the story, the film is adapted from the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright.