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A Night at the Metro Hotel by Meredith Jenks

Author: Agnes Deer

Section: LAB

Date: 04.2016

 

Most of the times fashion editorials are absolutely not about clothes but about the imagery, the storytelling and the feelings they convey. A Night at the Metro Motel, by photographer Meredith Jenks and art directed by Leta Sobierajski achieves an aesthetic, which carefully mixes the quirkiness of Wes Anderson’s sets and the anxiety pervasive in all of Hitchcock’s movies.

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

The work is completed by Bara Holotova modelling, Courtney Cho styling colorful trendy pieces into a retro style, the dramatic makeup by Andrew Colvin and the flawless hairstyle by Timothy Aylward. In this enigmatic fashion editorial, we follow a model into an overnight stay at the Metro Motel, which could be located in any American road. Pink walls, neon lights, outrageous carpeting and outdated furniture make it virtually unidentifiable.

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

The protagonist does not have any plans for the night so she stays in enjoying a bath and the solitude of her relaxing room. However, after a few hours she starts noticing that universal feeling of not being alone whenever we really are. We can truly be persuaded that someone, something, a force is by us watching our movements. Is it the works of fear? Or simply a very human need of fighting true loneliness?

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

This exquisite editorial creates a game of contrasts not only in its message but also in most of its images. The series starts with an overloaded model in front a very austere motel. She is wearing multiple layers, bright colors and carrying multiple bags with silver shoes on her feet while heavily made up, at her back, bare pink walls and the old-time neon lights. Still wearing various items of jewelry and a perfect manicure, she has a dinner of pizza with cigarette butts on it. Maybe her own.

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

We know she smokes, polluting the air even in such a clean place, as is a bath. She also tries her shoes on her hands and dresses up after getting out of the water instead of wearing comfy pajamas and lying down to watch TV or reading an engaging novel. Our heroine has a need to keep smoking and getting on the phone to fight either loneliness of fear. We will never know because the story ends after this uneventful night at the Metro Motel.

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

Meredith Jenks / DressLab

 

Photography_ Meredith Jenks
Text_ Agnes Deer

 

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