It’s a case of trauma and mental disturbance when you forcefully kill someone or something and then mourn over its death. So much is the pain of the loss that you lose your senses and translate into a living mannequin.

In these images from the editorial As A Cold Lily the feeling of numbness and displeasure from witnessing a death is captured in the most haunting way. Model Valentina Del Prete emits a disturbing, almost creepy, vibe that may freak you out but also makes you feel sorry for her loss. It’s the poker-straight hair and dark shadows under her eye that aid to the suspense, giving the feeling that she might be involved with the murder.

Photographer Paco Matteo Li Calzi has worked with studio lighting and its subsequent shadows, resulting in genius monochrome shots, and the neutral palette of the clothes balance out the aesthetic of the shoot.

As a cold lily Paco Matteo Li Calzi

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Valentina Del Prete by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Valentina Del Prete by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Valentina Del Prete by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Valentina Del Prete by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Valentina Del Prete by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Valentina Del Prete by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Valentina Del Prete by Paco Matteo Li Calzi

But it’s not until you see the video accompanying the shoot, you really understand where the story began. The dramatic background score and sharp editing brilliantly captures its irk; and it all starts with a lily flower and its death.

Watch the video and interpret the mini fashion film as how you please. Also, click on the thumbnails above to view all the images of the editorial.

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Shitika Anand is a freelance journalist, based in Sydney, who is addicted to coffee, vintage boutiques, bright-glitzy earrings and British stand-up comedy. Her bank account weeps every time she walks out of a shoe shop, but her shoe rack throws a 'welcome home' party for the new member. Her undying love for words is obvious when she narrates her entire life story to a stranger on the train. Which is partly the reason she's resorted to writing. When not blogging, she can be found in a corner of her nearest bookshop, hiding under a monstrous pile of international fashion magazines. You can read more of her work on her personal site, Sweet Dreams in my world.