INTERVIEW – Rencontre avec Lukas Dhont

“Ce moment nous rappelle qu’il y a autant de beauté que d’obscurité”

Rencontre avec Lukas Dhont, 4 fois primé à Cannes, la compositrice interprète Sylvie Kreusch, le styliste de Lady Gaga, Tom Eerebout, qui ont réalisé la vidéo Azzaro Couture.

You are releasing a carte-blanche with Azzaro for the Haute Couture digital Week, could you tell us what Seedy Tricks is about?

SK: The song explores different sounds and textures. It features tribal drums, a beat that continues on throughout the track (kind of like a train), and multiple layers with oriental
instruments, such as sitars, which I tried not to use in a typical way. The aim was to combine a psychedelic vibe with a double-edged naïvete. I pre-produce my music, but work with real instruments and real musicians, which was a very deliberate decision. Lyrically… let’s say I’m pouring my heart out…

LD: Sylvie’s music has a complete cinematographic universe, which is why as a director I am really attracted to her sound and the way she performs. The three of us already worked together on a video in which we explored several of the main themes in her work. Passion is an important element, but also the contrast between dream and reality.

AC: Romantic extremes are a central part of Sylvie’s work. This particular song describes an unrequited love. It inspired us to explore the parallels between romantic obsession and a loss of contact with reality.

Visually, the movie alternate between reality and hallucination in a feverish trip, how do you transmute the essence of music into images?

SK: I always get my inspiration from certain movie scenes during the process of writing and producing my music, but still the story I tell in my lyrics are very personal combined with the more dramatic aspects I find in these movies. When I get into the process of making images I go back to the mood board I created in my head. Together with my longtime visual partner in crime, Alessandro Cangelli, we get into all the details… it’s funny, because, in the end, it feels like he’s my psychologist. He knows me so well, we have the same taste and we can read each other’s minds.

Tom, you are used to dress Lady Gaga with such iconic appearances as the Venice film festival or the Oscars. How would you describe Sylvie’s style in this musical performance?

I have known Sylvie for many years and her style and demeanor have always enticed me. She has this seductive effect on people and you can not help but be under her spell. When Sylvie is in the room she is the one you look at, which is such a special power to have. The style in this video gives a wink to the great performers who have always inspired both of us, Dalida, Isabelle Adjani, Diana Ross to name a few. But in its total, it is completely Sylvie and the world she wants to lure you in as a modern-day siren.

This video arrives after a very troubled period and talks about the absence/lack of response of a loved one within an urban surrounding. Is it something that resonate particularly for you? Did you had this in mind during the shooting?

SK: Yes, of course, I was surprised how much this affected me. I never realized how important it is to be able to cuddle and to be close to people I love. The recording day felt very special to me, this was the first time I was able to be together with a big group of such good friends, we were so excited about doing this together and all we wanted to do was give hugs at the end of the day. It was also a big risk to be on set the whole day with such a big group of people so I’m really grateful they wanted to be involved that means a lot! I am lucky to have worked with extremely talented people such as Lukas, Tom, and Alessandro, but also Kanamé Onoyama, Louis Ghewy, Cécile Paravina, Edouard Mailaender, and Aylin Hazel.

LD: More than ever we are in need of beauty. All of us share this passion to create something beautiful through the combination of images, music, and clothing. We came together with the aim to elevate our own spirits and those of the people that look at it. It’s of course strange to talk about haute couture in a moment of time where so much seems to be going on, but for this particular reason we think it’s valuable to remind ourselves that there is as much beauty as there is darkness.

Couture and cinema have always been closely linked. How do you use fashion into your work?

LD: My mom has always been in the fashion industry, first making collections, then as a fashion teacher. It has always been part of my growing up and something I’ve been really interested in. However, I haven’t been able to fully explore it in my work. When I’m preparing a film, I’m very much a perfectionist when it comes to textures, colors, clothing… I owe this to my mom and hope to work on this more in the future. I’m very happy to work with people like Sylvie and Alessandro, aside from my work as an auteur.