By Nadine Kam
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, an ensemble of more than 75 hotels and resorts in more than 35 countries, has reunited Waris Ahluwalia with Luca Guadagnino, the director of their Golden Globe-nominated film, “I Am Love.” to create a short film that will whisk armchair travelers on a romantic journey across America, and perhaps inspire them to go exploring themselves.
The planning was as much as a whirlwind as the film depicts, with the whole project being shot in 10 days ending next Tuesday. So, when I heard about it last Thursday night, it was a bit confusing. I was asked if I wanted to go over to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel to interview a jewelry designer on Friday. Well, would if I could, but my day was already planned out.
Luckily, it worked out so filming was actually being done all day Saturday, so I did have time to stop by in the morning. Of course it turned out to be this whole big project involving Guadagnino, whose gorgeous film I had reviewed for the 2010 HIFF Spring Showcase.
And, their leading lady is Agyness Deyn, whose name some may not know, but whose face will be familiar to anyone who’s watched an international runway show or read a fashion magazine in the past three years and seen her face in conjunction with Burberry, Anna Sui, Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Missoni, Temperley London, etc., etc.
The last time I saw Agyness was at the New York Fashion Week Spring 2008 shows, and in spite of the backstage stress and craziness, she was as nice as could be. She still seems unspoiled, in spite of her It Girl status.
As for the jewelry story, Ahluwalia’s jewelry is featured in the film he’s producing as a Luxury Collection Global Explorer, tapped for his renown as a world traveler and storyteller. And naturally, Agyness will be dressed in designer ensembles pulled by stylist Heidi Bivens, ranging from new pieces to vintage, for a classic, timeless look.
With Hitchcock films as the inspiration, Bivens drew on Guadagnino’s aesthetic and buzzwords tossed out by Ahluwalia, saying the challenge was to recreate the sophisticated look of the director’s leading ladies, such as Ingrid Bergman, Carole Lombard, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak, without being “so serious,” maintaining Agyness’ youthful, active and contemporary vibe.
From Hawaii, the crew headed to the Phoenician in Arizona, and will wrap at the Equinox in Vermont. When the film is completed, it’ll appear on the Luxury Collection website.
Styling for the film includes jewelry by Waris Ahluwalia, including this ring I tried on. It was stunning, with the stone a deep burgundy color that isn’t really reflected in the photo.