what we’re watching – volume three

Desperate for new stories to get lost in? Sara from our design team lists what she’s been watching and recommending to stay-at-home friends.

One of the plus sides to staying at home is getting to catch up on great TV shows and epic films. We’ve been rewatching our all time favourites, getting recommendations from friends, and building our watch lists. To help you do the same, we’re listing what we’re watching right now, along with our all-time-favourites, inspired by les girls les boys.

For this instalment, Sara, our lead designer, has selected some of the films she watched while designing our Spring Summer 2020 collection.

“I start collection concepts by watching films, and looking at art and photography. I look for spirit and vibes, colour and tone. I then create mood boards to illustrate my thoughts, building the foundations for the collection. Sound tracks also are really important to me. Even when Iʼm not in the studio, I spend time feeling my way through the themes and sentiment of a collection through my senses.”

Sara recommends…

Zabriskie Point (1970) – directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Zabriskie Point has lost none of its terrible destructive beauty or violent eroticism, and although the wildly over-budget Hollywood production nearly bankrupted MGM, Antonioniʼs apocalyptic vision nonetheless seems to speak as much to the rage and fear in the world today – as it did to Americaʼs indelible generation of student radicals and dropouts during the Vietnam War. I love this movie. It feels so modern and brave, the rebel teen is a constant inspiration for les girls les boys. The sound track is also killer! I’m pairing this film with our towelling playsuit teddy, inspired by the rolling landscapes and early seventies silhouettes, our zig zag print sweatshirt in wasabi, inspired by the tones and textures of the desert environment, and our slash print belted swimsuit in black, a sixties inspired print on a retro textured fabric (and my favourite piece in the collection).

Mid90s (2018) – directed by Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill’s first film as a writer and director brings together IRL skaters as they navigate the thrilling, sometimes brutal community lines of their neighbourhood subculture. Here, skating is no mere sport: itʼs a street brotherhood, complete with rough-and-tumble bonding rituals and the emotional weight of what it means to choose your family when your own flesh and blood fails you. It’s not the most original film in the world, but it references this spirit beautifully. Na-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Ryder McLaughlin, Sunny Suljic, and Gio Galicia, alongside actress Alexa Demie, steal the show by simply skating, scheming, and existing.

A Chorus Line, opening number (1985) – directed by Richard Attenborough

Set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre, the musical is centred around seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. It offers a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer, as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Layers, colours, styling, the mix of men, women and body types really appeal to me. I love the movement, the details of personality you can find in their chosen audition outfits. It feels real and raw. Both our swim and seamfree pieces take inspiration from these aesthetics.

Sara Burn is from the les girls les boys design team. She likes to let her work speak to who she is: curious, passionate, instinctive, a bit nerdy, and driven by the desire to keep experiencing and learning. Sara built her career in an unconventional way, bypassing a fashion degree and instead starting off by running a club night called ‘Cosey’ (they still host parties sporadically) and then styling and assisting with Katy England – making for shoots, and creating collection conceptions for brands. Now here she is, having never turned down an opportunity. She is a mother to two teenage girls, she loves to travel, to read, and lay in her garden dreaming up outfits, colours, and prints.

Find her on Instagram: @sara_burn_design

Want more recommendations on what to watch? Check out volume two by Izzy Wild.

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