5 Designers work their magic on the Mustang
It has been fifty years in the waiting. Five long decades during which its only appearances on French soil were via the silver screen.
In Claude Lelouch’s movie, "Un homme et une femme", the Ford Mustang sped toward Deauville in the pouring rain with Jean-Louis Trintignant at the wheel. With Steve McQueen in the driving seat, it bounced its way through the bumpy streets of San Francisco for the movie "Bullitt". But it has never been formally offered for sale within the French market. Until now,
that is. An official import of sixth generation Mustangs, proudly flaunting their famous pony, are set to grace French roads as of this year. An event that has inspired five artists to come up with their very own take on the legend of the highways. Tattoo artists from l’Encrerie have emblazoned the American coupé with white motifs that sit against a plain grey background, resembling Maori symbols, Aboriginal tattoos. Symbols that evoke freedom as far as the two designers are concerned, for whom the "Stang," as it’s referred to by fans, is first and foremost an invitation to explore. Photographer Mathieu Cesar, meanwhile, uses two non-colours – black and white – to evoke not only the car’s sporty nature but also its light and dark sides, its yin and yang, the contrast "between power and imagination", explains the artist. For stylist Alexandre Vauthier, however, the Mustang symbolizes understated chic, "a balance between speed, line, design and noble materials", to cite his own definition. His version of the car is primarily black embellished with simple gold trim. In the hands of designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, the Ford coupé really comes into its own. The design wrapped around its bodywork evokes a powerful and spirited skeleton, seemingly offering a peek beneath the skin of this veritable muscle car that can reach speeds of 421 hp. Finally, there’s photographer and filmmaker Thomas Lélu, who associates the Mustang with the female shape, electing to adopt the erotic codes of the ’70s and ’80s when French lads’ mag "Lui" was in its heyday. The face of a model, captured in the style of the day, gazes up from the iconic long bonnet, inviting the driver to take his place at the wheel of one of the most sensual cars to have hit French tarmac for the past fifty years.
Standing in front of their customised Mustang: above photographer Mathieu Cesar and up designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.