Tales from Miu Miu

Published February 15, 2012

ABOVE: MIA WASIKOWSKA IN MIU MIU.

“This is my first time in a group of people this attractive,” said Chris Lowell last night at Miu Miu’s screening and party for their new short film, The Woman Dress. We find this a little hard to believe, there were some rather beautiful people in the cast of The Help and Up in the Air, but if any brand is going to bring in a plethora of pretty people, it’s Miu Miu.  Indeed, most of the people we ran into gushed about Miuccia Prada’s label. “I feel like every time I wear Miu Miu, it’s my favorite dress,” said Kate Mara. Leighton Meester also made one of her few Fashion Week appearances to support the brand; so far she’s only been to the Vera Wang show. “I’m exhausted enough from work, ” Meester explained, “so Vera was perfect one show to go to; she’s my friend, I work with her, and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.”

The Woman Dress, directed by Giada Colagrande, is the third film in Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales and features Italian actress Maya Sansa and the girls of Au Revoir Simone, who also provide the soundtrack. The short begins with three witches surrounded by a candles and a cauldron; it’s all very “double, double, toil and trouble,” until Sansa walks in wearing a pair of Miu Miu’s new “Culte” sunglasses and a trench coat. Pentagonal and gold-framed, the sunglasses are more Ziggy Stardust than Macbeth. But the frames are soon removed and the film continues in its ominous tone as the witches transform Sansa into a scarlet lace dress.  “Cinema is a powerful way to bring fashion to another dimension: you can take a single image, like a dress, and create a whole world around it,” explained Colagrande.

Although exhausted from six full days of fashion week, we were fascinated by the eclectic collection of guests and stuck around for a bit of people-watching. Channing Tatum seemed surly as he followed wife Jenna Dewan around the room, while Mia Wasikowska, the new face of Miu Miu, was picture-perfect in a sleeveless navy dress with a bejeweled collar. “It actually is comfortable,” she told us. Willem Dafoe, who is married to Colagrande, was also in attendance, with his collaborator Marina AbramoviÄ?. “Interview Magazine? Those bastards!” he joked (we hope).

YOU CAN WATCH THE WOMAN DRESS VIA MIU MIU’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL. THE CULTE SUNGLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLINE.