Thaddeus O’Neil Channels Warhol in Retro Fashion Film, ‘The Youth Burst Forth’ (Watch)

Thaddeus O’Neil

Tom Ford isn’t the only designer opting to debut his collection with a fashion film; 2015 CFDA nominee Thaddeus O’Neil recently chose to digitally preview his fall ’16 lineup ahead of its physical debut in September—a move outlining how the industry’s embracing change in fashion’s current calendar. O’Neil’s fall ’16 film, The Youth Burst Forth, provides insight into the designer’s aesthetic and ethos, directed by So-Cal artist Nico Guilis and starring model Brook Power.

Glazed with lo-fi nostalgia, the fleeting four-minute clip is set against the fragment of an original poem by O’Neil, as well as a sampled monologue from ’50s High School Drag actress Phillipa Fallon. The designer pulled inspiration from retro youth culture, in some scenes emulating Andy Warhol in the ’60s, as he describes the Thaddeus O’Neil woman, “a woman who will discover the unknown […] strange, unfathomable things.”

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 4.02.19 PMBrook Power

There’s a free-spirited sensibility to the short—a surreal, sun-soaked experience that follows Power, as she happily changes outfits outside her silver convertible, downs a shot of whiskey in her retro home and writhes outside a classic burger joint. Confident and snarky, Power’s attitude beautifully complements the collection’s bold prints, bright colors and rich textures. Watch, below: 


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