Written by Avery Kremer
As gentle as a rose and as harsh as its thorn, the intrigue lies amongst its deception. OPALUS takes you from flowerful’s luminance towards something much darker, rose’s own thorns as your guide.
Watch White Briar Rose a fashion film by Nicole Libassi and enter Drifting Shadows of Intrigue.
The fashion film, not unlike the silent movie of history’s past, delves into stories and characters with force and intrigue. We’re taken into a non-verbal world, one of fashion and costume, where visual considerations and aesthetic presentations preside over the film’s direction. The often, eerie beauty and peculiar timeline propel the narrative, leaving words unsaid, their presence undesired.
White Briar Rose’s auteur, Nichole Libasi, drops the visual beauty seeker into a universe left scathed by a strange tale of mystery and intrigue – clothed by fashion’s perfected beauty. This film presents a stark contract to the flowery subtlety of OPALUS Magazine’s most recent visual campaign and imparts a perfect introduction to the dark, twisted beauty of our current issue.
Follow Libasi’s presentation and find out what inspired this captivating film from the director herself in OPALUS Magazine interview below.
OPALUS INTERVIEW WITH NICHOLE LIBASI (WWW.NICOLELIBASSI.COM)
Interviewed by Editor Malorie Shmyr
1. What color is most inspiring you right now, and what about it inspires you?
White is the most inspiring to me because it's the sum of all colors.
2. What is a constant source of inspiration to you?
Surrealist and Experimental Cinema, Video Art, Contemporary Fine Art
Photography and Architecture.
My work is intertwined with the concepts of sex and death.
The drive for pleasure and the fear of death.
My work pours out of my own existential questioning and the shadows are where I
3. When you close your eyes, and drift into your imagination... what does it look
Sometimes, when my eyes are still wide open, I drift into my imagination.
Most of the time I visualize my thoughts. Sometimes I see blurred, obscure,
desaturated organic forms, other times I get overwhelmed by bright, intense colors
and artificial structures.
4. Was there something specific that inspired you to make this film?
The rivalry between women, the obsession of beauty and the fear of aging.
Some women's fears and obsessions that should be overcomed.
5. Why do you create art?
It's the only way I can fully express myself.
It's a tool to express my thoughts and beliefs, and to exorcise my fears.
Creating and expressing emotions satisfies and liberates me.
I also create visual art because it's powerful forms engage with the human senses.
From my point of view art is about feeling something and each person can interpret
and feel it in their own unique way.
My aesthetic is a focus on both the palpable and veiled forms of beauty in the
world. I personally think art is about taking this vision and experimenting with
diverse elements to foster a whole new impression and atmosphere.
Thank you Nichole for sharing your perspective with us, we love your style...