AFTER the roaring success of Lux Aeterna at the Cannes film festival in 2019, Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello has once again tapped Argentine-French filmmaker Gaspar Noé to interpret the Maison’s SS21 collection in a brand-new short film.
Aptly titled Summer of 21, the video takes place on a grand estate and stars the glamorous Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling. Set to Donna Summer’s I Feel Love performed by French musician SebastiAn, the film exudes an “unsettling strangeness” in tune with the ever-present uncertainty of recent times.
The “red, hazy, velvety light” that consumes the scenes evoke the glory years of a genre of Italian mystery-thriller known as Giallo, while the eerie atmosphere – somewhere “between terror and pleasure” – harkens back to the first Saint Laurent Rive Gauche boutiques of the Sixties.
Watch the entirety of Saint Laurent’s brand-new short film below: