Life changing at best and life threatening at worst, a succession of new bills and legislation passed under America’s 45th president threaten the liberty, rights and values of millions. In the wake of possible plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, New York label Proenza Schouler returns with a new short for AW17; the third in a series of politically vocal films, Harley Weir here directs while creative direction comes from Jen Brill.
Inspired by moving scenes at the Women’s March earlier this year, the short is a direct call to action to protect Planned Parenthood of New York, a cause close to the hearts of designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez.
Following Legs Are Not Doors and PS I Love You (Ithigi Lithigove Yithigou), the pair’s third film in collaboration with Weir boasts a diverse cast of women – including former Wonderbabe Hari Nef, Amber Valletta, Stella Tennant and Grimes – in a montage of uncompromisingly honest monologues devoted to womanhood and femininity.
The piece is in no uncertain terms, a protest. Between scenes boasting natural body hair, head-shaving and nudity are the personal testimonies of its female cast, culminating in their united support of choice. “It’s really important that women have choice. It’s really important that women are in charge of their bodies and their lives and their future,” Stella affirms, bathed in cool blue light. Entangled in a white dress, Elise Gallant elsewhere demands, “I want to be the one who owns my body, my emotions, my boundaries, my needs. What gives you the right to take away my choice?” We urge you to give it your time.