ARTICLE NATASHA STAGG
In the world of fashion film, one is often left without the valuable analytical component of more unbiased artworks. In most advertising, depth isn't necessarily a selling point, and so the narratives we view rely instead on tropes, sensationalism, or humor. But fashion itself is a complexly structured force in our lives. Although we'd like to view a garment objectively, the context in which it is held always deems this impossible.
In She Said, She Said, a darkly comedic short film directed by Stuart Blumberg and starring the fantastic Marisa Tomei, Elodie Bouchez, Aubrey Plaza and David Wain, clothing—the LA fashion brand Co—is a character. The actors, as they say, wear the clothes, and don't let the clothes wear them. Items (a car, an evening gown, and a terrier) are part of that exemplary conversation best known for exploiting one's materialistic desires: a divorce.
The styling represents a mood the way it would in real life, in that each outfit must be chosen carefully in order to gain everything. Because when we dress, we're not getting ready for a run through a mystical garden or a rolling, sun-drenched field. Let's get real. We're getting ready for revenge.