KENZO creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have tapped American filmmaker Gregg Araki, one of the leading lights of the New Queer Cinema movement, to write and direct an original short film featuring the brand's Fall/Winter 2015 collections for men, women and kids.
Grace Victoria Cox
Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Grace Victoria Cox is quickly making fans in Hollywood. Grace recently wrapped a large recurring role in Seasons 2 & 3 of the CBS drama 'Under the dome', produced by Steven Spielberg, Neal Baer, and Stephen King. 20-year-old Grace played the lithe, mysterious, beautiful and almost regal Melanie. The casting marked her first screen credit, which she booked soon after relocating to LA.
22-year actor/singer/dancer Jacob Artist is best known for playing the charismatic ‘Jake Puckerman’ on Fox’s hit series ‘Glee’. Following his high school graduation in 2011, the Buffalo native landed one of twelve coveted spots at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, but deferred his enrollment to pursue a career in Hollywood. Artist also co-stars in Gregg Araki's ‘White Bird in a blizzard’ opposite Shailene Woodley and Eva Green, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival last year. He will next be seen starring alongside Rhys Parker and Bonnie Wright in the psychological thriller ‘After the Dark’.
Jane Levy lives in Los Angeles and is one of the most promising young actresses in Hollywood. Most recently, she completed filming on Paramount’s Monster Trucks, set for a 2016 release. Levy can most recently be seen in About Alex, which premiered at the Tribeca Film festival. She also stars in Jeffrey St. Jules’ Bang Bang Baby, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Nicole Laliberte's career gained steam with the high-profile role of hipster vixen Lulu on the HBO Original Series ‘How to Make It in America’ and she was most recently featured on Showtime's smash hit 'Dexter' as the mysterious Arlene Shram. She also appeared in the film ‘Girls Against Boys’. In it she portrays serial killer Lu. Lu who, alongside naïve college student Shae, helps plot revenge on the men that have abused them. The controversial thriller made the festival circuit rounds, playing the South by Southwest Film Festival and Sitges. Nicole has a long love of fashion and has been shot by such acclaimed photographers as David La Chapelle, Ellen von Unwerth, Terry Richardson and Patrick Demarchelier and has been featured in publications ranging from Vogue to Interview.
Avan Jogia is the star of Spike’s event miniseries 'Tut' which will premiere in July. Jogia will soon be seen starring alongside James Franco and Zachary Quinto, in 'I am Michael', and he also recently wrapped the feature 'Ten Thousand Saints' co-starring alongside Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, and Ethan Hawke – Both films premiered in Sundance 2015. Other recent projects include a starring role in 'Shangri-La Suite' opposite Luke Grimes and Emily Browning, and 'The Outskirts'.
Born in New Jersey to show business parents, Jake Weary started his acting career as a teenager and has been consistently working in film and television ever since. A former attendee of California Institute of the Arts, Jake writes, produces and performs his own music. He aspires to do the same as a filmmaker in the near future.
Carol Lim & Humberto Leon in conversation with Gregg Araki