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The Greatest Luxury- Hot Air Film by Mykki Blanco, Gareth Pugh & Holly Blakey


Hot Air is the audio and video arm of our brand voice. It provides us with a platform to share our option and a place to show the world what we stand for. “The Greatest luxury” is a continuation of the series of films we’ve been making for the past four years. Visual questioning and engaging films that leave the viewer thinking more deeply – past subjects include non-binary ways of dressing, redefining beauty and body image. These films have won multiple awards and past contributors have included Wayne McGregor, Michele Lamy, Zahid Hadid, Neneh Cherry, Hari Nef, Dev Hynes, Ryan Heffington and Charlie Craggs and many more.

Hot Air, Selfridges’ own broadcasting platform, has commissioned a short film which explores the concept of luxury from the singular point of view of contributors from diverse creative universes. The film focuses on three established talents, chosen for their radical approach to their life and art. The result is a visual hybrid documentary short film, consisting of in depth interviews, poetry, and beautifully designed visual metaphors for each of the main pillars. The contributors are: fashion designer Gareth Pugh; American performing artist, rapper and activist Mykki Blanco; choreographer, director and artist Holly Blakey; poet and performer Lilly Ashley and dancer Sophie Appollonia.

In an era of high-speed living, digital overload and people feeling stretched across various aspects of their lives, The Greatest Luxury looks at the importance of doing small things that make you feel good – those everyday luxuries that are more about self-worth than (as we often worry) being selfish. All three of the cast have created exceptional work, stayed true to their vision and how they live their lives. For that reason, director Kathryn Ferguson wanted to go back to basics and find out how they felt about the word on a personal and emotional level.

Celebrating the concept of luxury as something that’s as individual as ourselves, The Greatest Luxury reclaims luxury as something personal, emotional and liberating.