5 De­sign­ers work their magic on the Mus­tang

The Pullman Magazine - - Styles - TEXT MICHEL HOLTZ

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.

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