There's a new Candy in our midst. In our last meeting, she was an impulsive piano student who seduces her tutor with a provocative dance. Now, older and wiser, she's still as captivating. The irresistable heroine.
Candy, played by French actress Léa Seydoux, former AnOther Magazine cover star, is the character dreamt up by Prada as the face of its new fragrance. This time, for the release of the new Candy L'Eau, Candy features in a series of three short films created by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola and her world is mapped out in a glorious A-Z. A tantilising hardback – sadly not available for purchase – features illustrations by French illustrator François Berthoud and lists the fragrance's key ingredients (Benzoin, Caramel, Musk, Sweet Pea and Zest) as well as key Candy-isms (Armour, Party, Unpredicatable).
To celebrate the upcoming release of Candy L'Eau, AnOther exclusively presents three instalments of Anderson and Coppola's new film, set in a Parisian utopia, and an extract from Candy - From A to Z. The Ten Commandments for the XXIst Century Girl...
I — Thou shalt always aim to do everything spectacularly well. Otherwise it’s unbearable. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Thou shalt fail. Do that spectacularly as well.
II — Thou shalt never be scared to share one’s passions and dreams. Thou shalt not confuse this with sharing the contents of one’s breakfast on one’s blog.
III — Thou shalt always expect others to behave better than oneself. Thou shalt keep one’s perpetual disappointment to oneself.
IV — Thou shalt always recover from a broken heart. Thou shalt also always recover from a broken nail/broken heel. But thou shalt not cry over something that won’t cry over thou.
V — Thou shalt never worry about one’s age. Though thou shalt ask oneself that same question in twenty years’ time.
VI — Thou shalt, no matter what the occasion, always remain graceful and elegant and glamorous and chic and fabulous and on-trend. Thou shalt always remain knowledgeable of current adjectives used in fashion publications.
"Thou shalt always remain knowledgeable of current adjectives used in fashion publications."
VII — Thou shalt never tire of learning. Knowledge is sexy. Science is best served in killer heels.
VIII — Thou shalt embrace the unexpected. Thou shalt always have one’s passport on oneself in preparation for spontaneous invitations to fabulous impromptu weekend breaks.
IX — Thou shalt always dream big – one only has one life, and one only has one permissible instance when thou shalt always aim for a size XXL.
X — Thou shalt occasionally deviate from the Ten Commandments.
Text by Laura Bradley