Raf Simons Teams With The xx on New Music Video Starring Millie Bobby Brown
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One of the hottest names in American fashion, Calvin Klein's Raf Simons, has teamed up with one of the buzziest bands to hit the American festival scene this year, The xx, to create a music video starring one of the breakout stars from American TV, Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown. (That none of these people are actually American is beside the point.)
In addition to the 13-year-old actress, who is the face of the brand's By Appointment campaign, the video for “I Dare You” stars Paris Jackson, who attended the Met Gala as a Calvin Klein guest, and Moonlight's Ashton Sanders, who starred in an underwear campaign under Simons' creative direction with his co-stars, including Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. Simons also outfitted the entire Moonlight cast in custom Calvin Klein looks for the Academy Awards — where the movie memorably took home the best picture Oscar — after praising the film's message. Models Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes, who walked in Simons' debut runway show for the American fashion house, also appear in the video.
Like the Alasdair McLellan-directed music videos for "On Hold" and "Say Something Loving," two of the hits from the British band's latest album, I See You, The xx's new video has a vintage Americana feel — the camera work even mimics the fuzzy look of an '80s-era VHS tape, bringing to mind a suburban-set John Hughes film (that is to say, any John Hughes film). The aged aesthetic was one of the elements that drew Simons to want to collaborate on the creative concept of the project, as it's similar to his own ode to America that punctuated his first collection for Calvin Klein.
Simons is already well-respected in the music world, too, with rappers A$AP Rocky and Kanye West among his most devoted fans. Not to mention, both A$AP Rocky and A$AP Mob wrote songs in which they name-dropped the Belgian designer.
The video, which bowed Thursday, was directed and shot by McLellan at two of Los Angeles' most iconic homes: Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House in Los Feliz, famous for its nod to Mayan architecture, and John Lautner’s Rainbow House on Mulholland Drive, which is known for its parabolic roof and stained glass.
The Sowden house, built in 1926 by the son of Wright, is an interesting pick for the upbeat tune, considering its "dark" past and reports that it housed the Black Dahlia's killer. Steve Hodel, whose father, George, lived in the home in 1940s, alleged that his father tortured the Dahlia (Elizabeth Short) in the basement of the home. Martin Scorsese also filmed parts of his 2004 film, The Aviator, at the Sowden House.
Lautner, an apprentice of the elder Wright, built the Rainbow House (also known as the Garcia House) in 1962; the home was memorably featured in Lethal Weapon 2, where Mel Gibson's character attached cables to the supports in order to pull the house down the hillside using a pick-up truck.
See The xx's new video below.