Lou de Bètoly
Chaos, surrealism, nostalgia, decadence, extravagance and dream-like experiences – these are the things that inspire French designer Lou de Bètoly. They were also all things that were very apparent in the video she presented today, a collaboration between the Berlin-based designer and various creatives within the TRANSIT format. Hair suspension artist Laura Stokes is featured in the clip and offered an astounding performance. The video began with Stokes lying on the floor, covered in a navy blue coat and wearing dark sunglasses. With her hair securely attached to a rope above her, the artist started pulling herself up – an act that, seeing the times we live in, seemed almost symbolic. Her movements reveal a knitted outfit underneath, one that is unmistakably Lou de Bètoly. As the video continues, Laura Stokes climbs up the rope with her clothes seeming to dissolve slowly along her ascent. On a closer look, it is in fact the performer herself who almost rips off pieces of the garment, as if freeing herself from it. The chaos Lou de Bètoly loves so much appeared to be taking over at times, with hectic pulling and lifting gestures – only to have Laura Stokes’ pure athleticism make you realize how much (body) control is actually at play. Shedding everything, only loose threads and string were left, the artist covered in nothing but a colorful knitted bra top and bottoms. One might say that all that was left was the essential, the necessary. Everything else was just added weight.
Watch the full presentation of Lou de Bètoly x Laura Stokes here.
text by Kelly Niesen
edited by Melissa Frost