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2019 PIRELLI CALENDAR

PIRELLI: “DREAMING”, THE 2019 PIRELLI CALENDAR

SHOT BY ALBERT WATSON, UNVEILED IN MILAN

A photographic tale of the aspirations of four women and their determination to achieve their goals, each one pursuing her own dreams and passions. This is “Dreaming”, the 2019 Pirelli Calendar, now in its forty-sixth edition, shot by Albert Watson in April in Miami and New York and unveiled today at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan.

A sequence of forty shots tells the stories of characters portrayed by Gigi Hadid with Alexander Wang, Julia Garner, Misty Copeland with Calvin Royal III and Laetitia Casta with Sergei Polunin.  The photographs, in colour and black and white, are in the cinematic 16:9 format, inspired by Albert Watson’s passion for the art of film.

“When I approached this project,” says Watson, “I wanted to do it in a way that was different from other photographers, and I wondered what the best way would be. In the end, I looked for pictures that were of beautiful quality, with depth to them, and that had some kind of narrative. I wanted to create something that was more than just a portrait of somebody – I wanted it to look like a film still. I wanted people looking at the Calendar to see that my aim was photography in its purest form, exploring the women I was photographing and creating a situation that would convey a positive vision of women today.”

Telling the story of how he came to make the Calendar (see the interview below), the photographer talks of his own dreams, and of the efforts and sacrifices that they entailed.

“To make a dream come true, you have to work hard. I’ve always taken it step by step, reaching one goal at a time, without wanting to get immediately to the top of the ladder. Even though I sometimes think this ladder could go on up forever, with the top rung ever-further away, I think it’s always worth giving yourself increasingly ambitious goals and dreams.”

He said that each of the four women focuses on the future and “has her own individuality, her own particular purpose in life, and her own way of doing things. So the underlying theme is that of ‘dreams’, but the basic idea behind the whole project is that of telling a story in four ‘little movies’. What I wanted to convey were the protagonists’ hopes and their way of thinking about the future, in a way that would bring with it the aspect of dreaming.”

An example of this is the character played by Gigi Hadid, he explained. She has recently separated from her partner, lives alone in a glass tower and has Alexander Wang as her only friend and confidant: “I think there’s a degree of angst in these images. With Hadid’s character, I wanted to convey the sense of a woman thinking about her future, but also showing her in a situation of loneliness. We see her thinking about where she is going to go in life, what she will be doing tomorrow. I wanted it to be much more minimalistic than the other women and settings I photographed.”

Julia Garner plays the part of a young photographer who loves nature and solitude. Of her, Watson says; “Julia’s a very, very accomplished actress and she got straight into the character. She played a botanical photographer who dreams of putting on successful exhibitions. We were in a beautiful tropical garden in Miami, which turned out to be the perfect place for us to work.

Misty Copeland, whose partner in the Calendar is Calvin Royal III, also looks to the future, fantasising about making a name for herself in the world of dance. “Trying to be successful is her driving force,” said Watson. “Copeland’s character earns her living by dancing in a club, but at the same time she has also put up a little stage in her garden, where she practices dancing in order to become a star, sometimes with her boyfriend, played by Calvin Royal III.”

Lastly, Laetitia Casta is a painter who lives in a studio apartment with her partner, played by Sergei Polunin. They both dream of success: she as an artist, he as a dancer. “What’s interesting”, says Watson, “is that, in real life, Laetitia really does do a lot of sculpting and creates artwork in her spare time. This worked out very well and helped her get into character. We decided to shoot outside, to give the scenes some added natural brightness. The tropical atmosphere of Miami is a key component in this picture.”

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See the stories and stars of the 2019 Pirelli Calendar, and the history of over 50 years of The Cal™, at www.pirellicalendar.com .

PHOTOGRAPHER: ALBERT WATSON

ARTISTIC DIRECTION: BARON & BARON

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: STEVE KIMMEL

CAST

LAETITIA CASTA

MISTY COPELAND

JULIA GARNER

GIGI HADID

SERGEI POLUNIN

CALVIN ROYAL III

ALEXANDER WANG

Q&A WITH ALBERT WATSON

How did you approach the Pirelli Calendar project?

The Pirelli Calendar is a unique project for any photographer. When I first took it on, I wanted to do it in a way that would be different from that of other photographers, and I wondered what the best way would be. In the end, I looked for pictures that were of beautiful quality, with depth to them, and that had some kind of narrative. I wanted to create something that was more than just a portrait of somebody – I wanted it to look just like a film still. I wanted people looking at the Calendar to see that my aim was photography in its purest form, exploring the women I was photographing and creating a situation that would convey a positive vision of women today.

How did you formulate the project?

I wanted to ensure there would be a strong narrative, so I thought: “Let’s try and make the shots look like film stills.” Quite a lot of it was shot in widescreen format. And that was quite challenging. Each of the four women has her own individuality, her own particular purpose in life, and her own way of doing things. And they are all focused on their future. So the underlying theme is that of “dreams”, but the basic idea behind the whole project is that of telling a story in four ‘little movies’.

Could you tell us about the stories that bring your Calendar to life?

Each character has a part to play in the 2019 Pirelli Calendar. In some cases, the role was close to what the actress does for a living, but here they were certainly all acting a part. Not themselves. And that’s what I wanted.

The woman played by Gigi Hadid has just split up with her companion. She has a confidant, not a boyfriend, played by the designer Alexander Wang. He is helping her get over this difficult time. I think there’s a degree of angst in these images. With Gigi Hadid’s character, I wanted to convey the sense of a woman thinking about her future, but also showing her in a situation of loneliness. We see her thinking about where she’s going to go in life, what she’ll be doing tomorrow. I wanted her to be much more minimalistic than the other women I photographed, and I wanted her to be reflected in the settings I portrayed her in. The settings of the other protagonists are pretty crowded, and there’s action in almost all of them.”

Julia Garner’s character is a botanical photographer who dreams of putting on successful exhibitions. Julia’s a very, very accomplished actress and she got straight into the character. We were in a beautiful tropical garden in Miami, which turned out to be the perfect place for us to work.

Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III, on the other hand, play the part of two dancers who want to become famous and live in an Art Deco house. She’s dreaming of dancing in Paris. She is looking to the future and has ambitions. Trying to be successful is her driving force. Copeland’s character earns her living by dancing in a club, but at the same time she has also put up a little stage in her garden, where she practices dancing in order to become a star, sometimes with her boyfriend, played by Calvin Royal III.

The artist played by Laetitia Casta lives in a studio apartment, which she shares with her partner, played by Sergei Polunin. They are both dreaming of success: she as an artist, he as a dancer. We decided to shoot outside, to give the scenes some added natural brightness. The tropical atmosphere of Miami is a key component in this picture. What’s interesting is that Laetitia told me that, in her spare time, she really does do a lot of sculpting and creates artwork. This worked out very well and helped her get into character.

What was the role played by light in this project?

When I was young, the first famous person I photographed was Alfred Hitchcock. He said: “My dear boy, once you’ve finished the storyboard, the movie is finished – all I have to do is shoot it.” There’s a certain amount of his message that has stayed with me. The 2019 Calendar is like a cinematic storyboard. I was very lucky because I trained as a graphic designer for four years and then I went to The Royal College of Art Film School for three years and I came out as a director. I never trained as a photographer and, from that point on, I had to learn to be a photographer and know about lighting. As a photographer, the technical things for me were very difficult, it wasn’t natural. Intuitively, a cinematic aesthetic was quite natural for me to follow. A lot of my work is based on graphics and film or sometimes on a combination of the two. It was quite easy for me to drop into this for the Calendar and produce images like film stills. It was a matter of making all these different elements come together and make a strong narrative. The common denominator is that these people are all active: they’re thinking of their future and they’re dreaming of where they might be in five, ten, twenty years…

Did you like working on the set?

I know some people work well with a lot of tension on set, and part of their creativity comes from this, but I’m actually the opposite of that. If I’m having fun with people, if I’m enjoying being with them and playing around, I get a lot more out of them. I sometimes say to young photographers that it’s ‘location, location, location’. But in a case like this, it’s more ‘preparation, preparation, preparation’. The more you prep for the job, the more creative it will be. It’s thinking and planning, planning, planning. That’s what’s really important.

I had a tremendous amount of support when creating the vision for the Calendar. Steve Kimmel was the art director, along with Arnold Barros and Belinda Scott, and they did a brilliant job. Thanks to their dedication, it all went perfectly. James Kaliardos did our make-up. He did a fantastic job, beautiful, invisible, but yet there. The hair, by Kerry Warne, was always natural for each of the women. He’s had a lot of experience in film work, so he was perfect for this project.

Julia Von Boehm did the styling and fashion editing. On top of that, I had my own team of assistants and digital editors, Taro Hashimura and Emi Robinson, as well as Adrian Potter. All these people contributed in a great way, so this was definitely much more like a film project than a photography one.

Have you fulfilled your dreams?

To make a dream come true, you need to work hard. I’ve always taken it step by step, reaching one goal at a time, without wanting to get immediately to the top of the ladder. Even though I sometimes think this ladder could go on up forever, with the top rung ever-further away, I think it’s always worth giving yourself increasingly ambitious goals and dreams.

Axwell /\ Ingrosso feat. RØMANS

Axwell /\ Ingrosso have shared the official video for single Dancing Alone” featuring ROMANS today. The video, created by 21-year-old Swedish director Brokenint, can be viewed HERE.

Brokenint sought to mirror the musical fusion of classic House and Trance music in Dancing Alone” through contrasting visual representations in a raw, warehouse rave space and an idyllic, but nostalgic mid 2000’s Ibiza clubbing experience. Axwell /\ Ingrosso whose songs have racked up a cumulative two billion streams worldwide produced the track, which they co-wrote with Roc Nation signed British singer-songwriter ROMANS. Dancing Alone” has accumulated over 30 million global streams across all platforms.

Offering both a nod to the legacy and a glimpse at the future of electronic music, “Dancing Alone fills the void of the noughties rave trance sound as the duo skillfully combines frenetic synths and driving kick drums. Building upon ROMANSemotive vocals in tandem with a catchy hook, the anthemic track effortlessly dives into a euphoric drop while maintaining Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s characteristic energy. Download / stream Dancing Alone HERE or listen on YouTube HERE.

The duo also announces the launch of a new Amazon Alexaskill. Users can ask Alexa questions to hear their favorite Axwell /\ Ingrosso tracks. The Axwell /\ Ingrosso skill is now live in the Amazon store HERE. To start say: “Alexa, Open Axwell Ingrosso Music.”

Next, ask Alexa:

Why is she dancing alone?
Do you love me?
What’s the weather outside?
Where are you?
How are you?
Play me a song to dance to!

Dancing Alone” follows Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s two massive 2017 hits “More Than You Know,” which has been certified multi-Platinum in 16 countries, Gold in four countries and Diamond in two, andDreamer,featuring Trevor Guthrie. The songs are found on the duo’s debut album, More Than You Know. Eight of the album’s 13 tracks have charted in the top 10 of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. Cumulatively, Axwell /\ Ingrosso have sold upwards of 13 million adjusted singles worldwide.

Photo Credit: Phil Ramey

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About Axwell /\ Ingrosso:

Axwell /\ Ingrosso are a Swedish dance music duo who have enjoyed success in electronic music for well over a decade. In addition, they make up two thirds of the legendary Swedish House Mafia. The first Axwell /\ Ingrosso album, More Than You Know, was released in October 2017. To date, it has racked up more than two billion streams and produced eight top ten singles on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. The band consistently headlines festivals around the world.

About Astralwerks:

Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as Illenium, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.

Simonetta Lein

Simonetta Lein, “The Celebrity Wishmaker,” Author, Top 100 Influencers in the world, Named Fashion Icon, and Millennial-Activist

Founder of The Wishwall Foundation www.thewishwallfoundation.org #Ihelpwishescometrue.


Ms. Simonetta Lein boasts an enormous list of accomplishments, such as to be considered one of the top 100 influencer in the world, names social media icon by the Entrepreneur Magazine, best-selling author, television and radio personality, international fashion and lifestyle influencer and named fashion icon, brand ambassador, entrepreneur and philanthropist to name a few. But one of her most treasured accomplishments is the establishment of her charitable organization, The Wishwall Foundation.

The foundation is a space allowing people from across the world to post their deepest wish or desire on the website’s “Wishwall.” Simonetta, “The Wishmaker,” along with her global network, take those wishes and make incredible dreams come true. Through celebrity interviews, fashion shows and other special events, Simonetta brings people into a world that they would not normally have access to. Through stories that people share with Simonetta on her blog at the Hu Post, she educates, motivates and empowers people and fashion.

Simonetta is a story teller; her rst novel was inspired by the power of dreams. From a simple actress, hostess and radio speaker working for others – she poured herself into helping and encouraging women and branding herself as “The Wishmaker,” making the hopes and dreams of others attainable. Simonetta is passionate about making this world a better place and empowering women to work hard and make their own dreams a reality. She is selective in collaborating with brands that will always give her readers her message.

With a focus on educating and inspiring others and making wishes come true, Simonetta writes novels and articles, hosts events, and can be booked as a speaker as well. With more than 1.5 million followers across all digital platforms, “The Wishmaker” has been a columnist for Vanity Fair Italy and is currently a contributing fashion and lifestyle journalist for the Huffington Post and D La Repubblica, a top fashion Italian magazine. She collaborates as a fashion icon with Marie Claire Italy. She has served as a Brand Ambassador to several of Italy’s top luxury fashion, accessory and beauty brands; and she has collaborated with some of the world’s top photographers, including Giovanni Gastel and Bruno Oliviero.

Simonetta is the 9th most influential personality in Philadelphia and is truly a Millennial social media expert, empowering her generation and advocating for women. People can share their wishes on her blog and using the “pay it forward” philosophy, receive and provide help. The Wishmaker’s work is supported by many celebrities and she works in entertainment to invest in people. Her motto is: GIVE DREAMS A CHANCE!


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HOK KONISHI

(featured image by Ryan Feng)


With cultural roots based in Yokohama, Japan, and his early youth refined in Oxford, England, Hokuto Konishi‘s diverse upbringing gave way to a creative formula in movement. From the age of 15, dance evolved from a primary activity to a pursuit of passion when college brought him across the world to the United States in 2004. Hok Konishi is now an Emmy Award winning multi-talented artist and best known for his eccentric style as a dancer and choreographer. He became a world sensation after his appearance on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Although his appearances spanned multiple seasons, his impression was immortalized on season 3 when he performed the iconic Emmy awarded dance choreographed by the famed Wade Robson entitled, “The Flower and the Hummingbird” with QUEST CREW (which he co-founded alongside of his teammate Ryanimay Conferido). Hok, along with his fellow teammates from QUEST CREW, also won the all star season of MTV’s “Americas Best Dance Crew.” Their performances during the season lead Hok to be awarded an Emmy for outstanding choreography. 


As a natural born creator and collaborator, Hok is inspired by all that is beautiful. He believes “beauty comes in form, flow, color, light and idea,” and does not shy away from finding inspiration in things others might consider weird. Along with his love of dancechoreographyfood and art, his latest passion is directing. He recently had the opportunity to direct a commercial for Japan Airlines entitled “Everything Reverses.” 


No stranger to live performances, Hok has had the honor of choreographing the opening act of Madonna’s “MDNA” world tour,” as well as directing and choreographing LMFAO’s entire  “Sorry for Party Rocking” world tour. His music video collaborations include Chris Brown’s “Fine China,” LMFAO “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy & I Know It,” Lil Jon’s “Literally I Can’t,” Snoop Dogg’s “I Wanna Rock,”  R.Kelly’s “Bump N Grind” and Far East Movement, Justin Bieber and Redfoo’s “Live My Life.”


When it comes to television, Hok has an impressive resume that includes performances on “Dancing With The Stars,” “Little Big Shots,” “Good Morning America,” “Harry,” “The Ellen Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” just to name a few. His choreography and dance skills have also been featured in commercials for Coca-Cola’s ‘Fanta,’ Converse and Mountain Dew.


As of late, Hok performed with Nicki Minaj at the Billboard Music Awards and Demi Lovato at this year’s Grammy’s tribute to the Bee Gees. Currently, he’s collaborating with Nike HQ and continues to travel the world creating, choreographing, inspiring and teaching dance.