In collaboration with Replay, SHOWstudio has invited photographer and filmmaker Toyin to turn her signature, romantic lens on the Italian denimwear company's Autumn/Winter '08-09 collection. Though shot in Robert Adam's exquisite, 18th century London townhouse at 33 Portland Street, Toyin and stylist Stevie Westgarth gave themselves poetic license to shift the date forward to the 19th century - the wild west to be specific - where winsome girls swooned over bare-chested boys who cracked bullwhips and wore the bowler hats of frontiersmen. But this resultant film short is no Calamity Jane-style caper. The faded elegance of the Georgian backdrop, combined with the contemporary energy of both choreography and Replay's collection, creates a spellbinding visual feast. To an electrifying soundtrack, specially composed by the Doi, sit back and witness the extraordinary models' performances that are this filmmaker's hallmark.
LEIGHTON MEESTER Age: 22. Hometown: Marco Island, Florida. Upcoming project: Season five of Entourage. Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin? Jimmy Choo. Favorite designer? “I’m more a normal person than, like, a fashion girl. For everyday, I like Fluxus—it’s really soft. I really like Foley & Corinna; they do a good mix of vintage and new.” BlackBerry or iPhone? “Why do you assume I don’t have a Nokia pay-and-go phone? No, I have a BlackBerry.” Justin Timberlake or John Mayer? Justin Timberlake. What’s on your iPod? “Gnarls Barkley, the Kooks, and Sean Lennon. I like fun music, too, like M.I.A. She has good things to say.” Last book you read? Madame Bovary. Favorite drink? SoBe Life Water. Hybrid or Escalade? “I don’t know. I used to drive a Volkswagen, a safe Volkswagen.” What were you like in high school? “I was nice. We didn’t have much when I was little.” Were people mean to you like Blair was? “There was always one little girl in each grade that was mean to me. But I was never mean to anyone. I was never like, ‘Ew!’ ”