This 'Less Than Zero' editorial pays tribute to Bret Easton Ellis' debut novel, which was later adapted into a film directed by Marek Kanievska.
The novel, which was titled after an Elvis Costello song of the same name, revolves around a rich college student, Clay, who comes back home to LA for the holidays. The first-person narrative describes Clay's growing alienation from the youth party scene, and subsequently, his friends. Ellis was unsatisfied with the film version, which received mix reviews, feeling that it was horribly miscast. However, both the film and novel grapple with trying to communicate an inherent truth about youth in Los Angeles.
This tribute editorial, photographed by Stephanie Sian Smith, recreates the now-classic aesthetic of the 80s film.