Cabiria, Charity, Chastity Kenzo FW17 Film Campaign Premiere text by Valerie McPhail

Last night was special. Closing New York Fashion Week, a Belvedere sponsored, photo booth reception at the Public Arts celebrated the highly anticipated premier of Natasha Lyonne’s written and directed film Cabiria, Charity, Chastity.

Maya Rudolph stars in the Kenzo film series #5, Fall/Winter 2017 Campaign alongside a cast including Greta Lee, Fred Armisen, Leslie Odom Jr., James Ransone, Macaulay Culkin and Waris Ahluwalia. Dressed in Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s Kenzo designs, all actors played their roles to explore an introspective look into the world of a female artist named Chastity. From present to past and back, we see the memories that guide Chastity’s sense of identity and self-actualization.

The final scene: a profound performance in vibrant colors, neon lights and dramatic choreography contributes to the drawn out wails of love and death sung in Chastity’s performance. On stage her eyes carry exhaustion, an honest view of the journey that has brought her to unmasking reality.


Valerie McPhail

Valerie McPhail is a New York-based writer on things of style and artistic expression. She has a portfolio of writing for both fashion and art publications. Although she enjoys covering fashion news and supporting new designers, her favorite subject to explore is the experience of fashion and how life is communicated through clothing. She believes there is a lot to be said about this.