Orange Is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne has directed her first film–and it’s a 15 minute short for the fashion brand Kenzo’s new fall-winter 2017 collection. It’s called “Cabiria, Charity, Chastity,” which feautres a fantastic cast, including stars like Maya Rudolph, who plays Chastity, a woman on a journey to discover her true self as she grapples with her past. Also featured are Fred Armisen, Macaulay Culkin, and more.
While the film is centered around a fashion line, the brand doesn’t consider it a fashion film, with the brand’s creative directors Carol Lim telling Adweek how it’s art, not just an ad:
“We don’t like to call them fashion films. I think there is a pretty free way that people will interpret the story and then take it. The clothes are almost secondary in many ways because it needs to fit with the characters.”
Lyonne, primarily an actor, decided to make the film, because she wants to show that fashion is about liberation:
“It’s worth noting that the world that Carol and Humberto have created sort of allows for a freedom of expression that not many other places accept anymore. Everything has become so homogenized and assembly-line propaganda is put on such a pedestal that really, their world is one of the few places that really allows for sheer liberation and inspiration and it’s something I think is sorely lacking. It allows for mistakes and trying things.”