Pirelli Un­veils 2019 Cal­en­dar in Mi­lan

WWD Digital Daily - - News - BY ALESSAN­DRA TURRA

MI­LAN — “We’ll see if I die.” No panic — this is just the nor­mal thought of a star of a pop­u­lar Net­flix show. While she will start film­ing the next se­ries of “Ozark” in May, Ju­lia Garner is reg­u­larly check­ing with the show’s run­ner if her char­ac­ter Ruth Lang­more will sur­vive or not. “He says I’m not [dy­ing], but we will see.”

Garner was in Mi­lan on Wed­nes­day to cel­e­brate the launch of the Pirelli 2019 cal­en­dar, mainly shot in Mi­ami by leg­endary pho­tog­ra­pher Al­bert Wat­son. Garner is one of the four fe­male pro­tag­o­nists of the iconic cal­en­dar, along with Laeti­tia Casta, Misty Copeland and Gigi Ha­did.

“I was in the mid­dle of shoot­ing episode nine or 10 for sea­son two [of ‘Ozark’] when I was do­ing this and I was so wor­ried be­cause I looked so ugly in ‘Ozark’. I was say­ing to my­self ‘how will I look good for Pirelli?’” said Garner, re­fer­ring to the sloppy and dirty look of her char­ac­ter. “Ja­son Bate­man [‘Ozark’s’ pro­tag­o­nist] ac­tu­ally asked me if I was go­ing to be in a rac­ing car for Pirelli.”

In Wat­son’s im­ages, which the pho­tog­ra­pher de­scribed as “cine­matic, since they were also shot in a 16:9 for­mat, ba­si­cally, the idea was to make film stills, […] four short movies por­tray­ing dreams, hopes and as­pi­ra­tions.” Garner, who has just fin­ished film­ing the TV se­ries “Mod­ern Love” and “Dirty John,” is por­trayed as a botan­i­cal pho­tog­ra­pher try­ing to or­ga­nize suc­cess­ful pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tions around the world.

“It just seemed the wrong time to take a bunch of mod­els to the beach and have them take their tops off. I moved away from the idea of a Play­boy pin-up cal­en­dar made with good taste by a great pho­tog­ra­pher. How­ever, any­body who knows my work knows that I don’t have prob­lems pho­tograph­ing naked women,” said Wat­son, ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion to as­sign a spe­cific role to the fe­male cast, where Casta is an up­com­ing pain­ter and Copeland, a pro­fes­sional dancer her­self, is a bal­le­rina try­ing to make her own way in the in­dus­try while danc­ing in night­clubs to pay her bills.

“Gigi Ha­did came on board right at the last minute be­cause ini­tially we had Mon­ica Bel­lucci and then un­for­tu­nately her sched­ule didn’t en­able her to be with us,” said Wat­son. “We switched over to Gigi Ha­did and it ac­tu­ally worked out well. While the first three women had am­bi­tions to be fa­mous and wanted to be suc­cess­ful in what they pur­sue, I wanted one slightly dif­fer­ent. What I was look­ing for was a Paris Hilton, some­one who was fa­mous, rich. Some­one who was not try­ing to make it, be­cause she was al­ready there. I wanted Gigi Ha­did to play this kind of so­cialite, but I wanted her to have dreams and as­pi­ra­tions as well, in a dif­fer­ent way.”

In some shots, taken in New York, Ha­did was por­trayed with Alexan­der Wang, who plays the part of her best friend, while Copeland and Casta’s male part­ners were in­ter­preted by bal­let dancers Calvin Royal 3rd and Sergei Pol­unin, re­spec­tively.

“On Dec. 10 here in Mi­lan I’ll de­but my

Pho­tographed by Al­bert Wat­son, the cal­en­dar por­trays Ju­lia Garner, Misty Copeland, Laeti­tia Casta and Gigi Ha­did.

own bal­let show, ‘Sacré’,” said Pol­unin, who dur­ing an in­ter­view on Tues­day was sport­ing a full Dolce & Gab­bana black denim look, matched with a pair of the brand’s sneak­ers. “I like the clothes ac­tu­ally, I’ve been wear­ing their jack­ets for many years and I like to help peo­ple re­cov­er­ing. When peo­ple are down, you have to help them get­ting up,” he said, re­fer­ring to the re­cent so­cial me­dia tor­nado that hit the fash­ion com­pany fol­low­ing the ad cam­paign rolled out in China and Gab­bana’s deroga­tory com­ments on In­sta­gram. Pol­unin also re­vealed that he is start­ing to con­sider launch­ing his own fash­ion brand.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, Copeland put the fo­cus on the di­ver­sity of the cast en­rolled by Wat­son and Pirelli.

“As a black bal­le­rina for me it is ex­tremely im­por­tant to bring on board peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing all of us,” she said, re­fer­ring to her and Royal’s pres­ence in the cal­en­dar. “When I was 16 and I was start­ing bal­let, I would have never thought to achieve so much. I re­ally want to be an ex­am­ple and role model for black women in Amer­ica.”

Copeland also high­lighted that this year’s Pirelli cal­en­dar is “a sym­bol of where women are now, stand­ing for them­selves, sup­ported by their men, im­por­tant, with some­thing to say.”

“I think that Al­bert [Wat­son] por­trayed us in a dif­fer­ent way, more pro­found, more in­tel­li­gent I would say, try­ing to fo­cus more on what we have in­side rather than just on our as­pect,” Casta added.

On Wed­nes­day night, the cal­en­dar was of­fi­cially pre­sented by Halle Berry dur­ing a gala event held at the Pirelli Han­gar Bic­occa art ex­hi­bi­tion space. “I just fin­ished film­ing,” said Berry, re­fer­ring to the “John Wick 3” movie that hits the­aters in May and which also stars Keanu Reeves. “And I’m work­ing on my di­rec­to­rial de­but.”

Ha­did, who didn’t at­tend the press con­fer­ence ear­lier in the day, hap­pily posed in front of the pho­tog­ra­phers in an el­e­gant black Zac Posen dress – but didn’t so hap­pily talk to re­porters cov­er­ing the event: She re­fused.

Among the per­son­al­i­ties at the gala Brazil­ians Is­abeli Fon­tana and Ana

Beat­riz Bar­ros, mod­els Eva Ric­cobono and Georgina Grenville, as well as fash­ion de­signer Marta Ferri.

Ju­lia Garner in the Pirelli 2019 cal­en­dar.

Alexan­der Wang and Gigi Ha­did in the Pirelli 2019cal­en­dar.

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