The Playland Motel

photography Boogie

realization Valentina Ilardi Martin

GREYBOOK Volume I

ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE IS NOT EVIDENCE OF ABSENCE. BEFORE OR AFTER THE MELTDOWN OF THE EL CAMINO'S V8, A COURSE OF EVENTS HAPPENED . . . OR NOT. IT'S ABOUT PERSPECTIVE. THE SMOKE CONCEALS THE EYES OF THE WITNESSES AND THE CRIME SCENE. THERE'S NO ESCAPE, ONLY SURRENDERING TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES WITH YOUR BEST HAT ON AND A MOTEL TO STAY AT — PERHAPS FOREVER.

model HYUNJI SHIN at IMG NY
hair and makeup SOUHI LEE at JED ROOT
prop styling 11TH STREET WORKSHOP

Hyunji rests under the shade of a burgundy wool basque, while scattered birds and flowers populate the ivory silk crepe gown liquefied by waves of flounces. All by GUCCI. The “Lulu” bra by LONELY LINGERIE complete the look.

Hyunji steps out of a smoking El Camino in her GUCCI military-inspired wool coat, featuring an intense ruby shade contrasted by the black collar and cuffs in mink fur. The wide-brimmed hat by STETSON keeps it cool.

Hyunji sits back in her car, as there’s nothing left to do but wait, wearing a pink and burgundy mink fur coat by GUCCI. A distressed hand clinks of gold vintage rings, coming from the stylist’s own trunk and worn throughout the editorial.

Hyunji hides in the bathroom behind the austerity of an oversize military-inspired mélange wool coat enriched by detachable mink cuffs. Two antique palladium rings adorned by pearls and stones disturb the look. All by GUCCI.

Suspended on a stool as if poisoned, Hyunji is mystified by the flora and fauna adorning her turquoise crew-neck wool sweater, revealing the piped collar of the caramel silk Georgette shirt worn underneath. Alessandro Michele is a master of divergence, combining embroideries with the unbearable lightness of a nude lace skirt. All by GUCCI. A touch of the stylist’s own wardrobe kills the look: a pair of black leggings by NIKE, socks by TABIO and creepers from OXFAM.

A queen bee, signifier of resurrection, lands on the “Dionysus” bag by GUCCI, hardened by the metallic chain and tiger-headed clasp.

This ethereal look shifts from the grace of a lace burgundy slip-top protected by a small jeweled bee, and the solid flavor of a senape nappa-leather pleated skirt. The wool striped beanie warms her skull. All by GUCCI. A stained bra by UNDERPROTECTION tempers the look.

Hyunji rests under the shade of a burgundy wool basque, while scattered birds and flowers populate the ivory silk crepe gown liquefied by waves of flounces. All by GUCCI.

In a bloody room, Hyunji loses her head, for the time needed to turn a page. An embroidered bird brings the omen, planning on a black mohair wool dress with deep neckline. A lurex scarf is wrapped as headband, and together with the Havana frames, enhances the nostalgic look. All by GUCCI. The yoga shoes by NIKE and bra by TORU AND NAOKO complete the unsettling scene.

1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . better hide from me! Hyunji realizes it’s all about perspective in her lurex pleated dress with zigzag motif, accented by pink mink cuffs and a contrasting liquid silk scarf. A wool basque, styled over a do-rag, coronates the motel’s dweller. All by GUCCI.

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