The filmmaker was inspired by psychological thrillers and Buffy The Vampire Slayer
UK-born and Australia-raised Kim Jones is a multidisciplinary creative known for her fashion-forward aesthetic and creative pursuits. The Filipino-British got her start as a model, blogger, and host, and she has since expanded her repertoire of skills to include filmmaking, which she closely intertwines with her love of fashion. In 2018, she debuted a short film for Louis Vuitton entitled ARCHETYPE, which she directed, styled, and starred in herself.
Jones recently returned to the fashion week circuit after some time away from the high-intensity event, covering New York Fashion Week for Vogue Philippines. The buzz of the big city sparked new energy for the visual creative, spurring an idea to document her next fashion trip to Paris. Jones says, “I was traveling alone and wanted to capture another side of Paris during fashion week.”
In between days of attendance at Paris Fashion Week, where she viewed collections by the industry’s biggest players, she felt the creative pull. Jones tells us, “I just finished shooting my short film that I’m currently spending my days editing and honestly, I just liked the simplicity and idea of shooting Paris at night with just my iPhone, for fun.”
Walking the Parisian streets at night, one finds that inspiration isn’t too far away. The city, famous for its beauty even after sundown, is the perfect canvas for experimental documentation. The result of her cinematography: a simple yet gritty collage of scenes that makes one nostalgic for 1970s grindhouse theatre movies.
Of her inspiration, she says, “I’ve been watching a lot of Fallen Angels, Evangelion, and Paprika, and some great corny horror, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer so I think my brain just decided it was going to live in that universe a little longer.”
Paris By Night a film by Kim Jones