Did you think Raf Simons had already reached the pinnacle of cool? Think again.
Fresh off of dominating this year’s CFDA Awards, where he took home the Droga for both Menswear Designer of the Year and Womenswear Designer of the Year, it seems that Simons is gunning for yet another type of award: a VMA.
Today, The xx released their latest music video for their song “I Dare You,” which ends with a title card that read, “Made in Collaboration With Raf Simons for Calvin Klein.” Yes, Raf is officially in the music video game. The Calvin Klein designer and chief creative officer teamed with photographer Alasdair McLellan, who officially directed the clip, for a suburban set mini-film that clocks in at just over six minutes. According to a statement released by Calvin Klein, Simons has been a long-time fan of the band—which, when you think about it, makes complete sense—and was drawn to creatively collaborate after seeing McLellan’s past videos for their songs “On Hold” and “Say Something Loving.”
And the famous names don’t just apply to the creative direction of the video. Simons helped cast some of Calvin Klein’s buzziest millennial friends, including Paris Jackson, who attended this year’s Met Gala as a guest of the brand, Millie Bobby Brown, _Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders, and models Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes, all of whom have appeared in advertisements for the brand in some capacity. (Brown recently told W_ that when she shot the project, she got a huge girl crush on Jackson. “She’s a great person. She’s like my sister.”)
The video plays out like a typical, albeit very chic, ’80s teen movie, as a day-dreaming Brown misses the school bus and catches her older sister, played by Lulu, plotting to play hooky with her boyfriend. Brown obviously demands to join, and ends up fifth wheel to Lulu and Cervantes and their double-daters, Jackson and Sanders. While Brown inevitably steals the video with a dramatic sobfest at the end of the video (how many days until Stranger Things comes back again?), Jackson also gets to show off her acting chops, as she cozies up to Sanders and appears fearful before entering a “creepy” abandoned temple—but don’t stress, the teens are only met with a private concert by The xx themselves.
And, of course, as can be expected with anything Simons gets his hands on, the cast is impeccably dressed in the latest from Calvin Klein. We may have finally reached peak cool with this one.
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Paris Jackson attends the Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink launch party with family wearing a one-shoulder, navy dress, black belt, simple silver jewelry and a black cross body bag on October 11th, 2012.
Paris Jackson posed with Chester Castellaw at the opening night of Deaf West Theatre’s ‘Spring Awakening’ in a grey dress, grey lace up boots, and a black fringe bag on May 28th, 2015.
Jackson wears ripped jeans, a white t-shirt and black converse for the Fourth of July out in Los Angeles with Michael Snoddy in 2016.
Paris Jackson makes her red carpet debut in a cutout, floral Tadashi Shoji gown at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party on January 8th, 2017.
Paris visited her namesake city for the Givenchy Menswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show dressed in head-to-toe black; a black Givenchy knit sweater that says, “I Feel Love,” black pants, leather bag, and combat boots on January 20th, 2017.
Paris Jackson attended the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 the following day wearing a white Dior ensemble under black leather jacket and paired with combat boots.
Paris wowed the red carpet in a v-neck, black lace gown to the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee on February 11th, 2017.
Jackson wore a glittery, multi-colored Balmain number and black strappy heels at the 59th Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2017.
Paris Jackson did a quick change into a multi-colored, cut-out gown and floral hair accessories to present at the 59th Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2017.
The young star opted for a black and white polka-dot dress, keeping the rest simple, for her visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 20th, 2017.
Staying true to her casual yet edgy style, Paris accessorized light-wash jeans a leather jacket with a colorful bag and peace-sign necklace on a visit to IMG Modeling Agency on March 21st, 2017.
The model stunned in a colorful Yanina Couture dress and Edie Parker clutch at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 1st, 2017.
Paris Jackson attends the Daily Front Row’s 3rd Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards – Arrivals at Sunset Tower Hotel on April 2, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.
Paris Jackson wore Calvin Klein by Appointment to the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City.