Fashion insiders talk about their favorite films and those that have inspired their collections.
Grant Krajecki, Grey Ant Favorite films: “I watch a lot of old horror movies. Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween—that’s the reason I made high-waisted jeans in the first place. She looks so good in them. My favorite movie is Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill.”
Benjamin Cho Favorite films: “Burden of Dreams, the documentary about the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo. I watched it 15 times when I was preparing my spring 2007 collection. I just turn it on to hear sound in the background. I like to hear [Herzog’s] voice.”
Jeremy Scott Favorite films: “My favorite would be Wassup Rockers by Larry Clark because I’m in it. Come support your peeps.”
Rachel Zoe Favorite films: “It’s all about Half Nelson. Ryan Gosling is amazing and I hope he gets nominated for an Oscar.”
Tarina Tarantino Favorite films: “Whatever my kids [Olivia, two, and Chloe, four] watch, that’s all I get to watch. Sleeping Beauty and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse are on heavy rotation now. Here’s another thing I’m obsessed with: Once Upon a Time in the West.”
Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte Favorite films: “I love the film Metropolitan [by Whit Stillman]. I’m obsessed with anything that’s [like a] Peanuts comic strip, where people are in their own little world and they’re egomaniacs.”
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Alexandre Herchcovitch Favorite films: Dracula, based on Bram Stoker’s book. “A beautiful story told in dreamlike scenes.” Favorite fashion film: Dangerous Liasons. “Especially the sequence in which the Glenn Close character is being dressed by servants.” Favorite current film: Little Miss Sunshine. “Because it shows a rarely seen side of the USA.” Last movie seen: The Prestige Design inspiration: Herchcovitch’s trademark skull-print T-shirts and tops were inspired by horror films and the floor-length men’s coats from his winter 2004 collection were inspired by the Dracula capes used by Brazilian director/actor José Mojica Marins (known as “Coffin Joe” internationally) in his B-horror movies.
Jonny Johansson, founder and creative director of Acne Jeans Favorite film: The Wild One, starring Marloan Brando. Favorite fashion film: William Klein’s In and Out of Fashion. Most inspirational film: “A film that always manages to inspire me is Rebel Without a Cause, with James Dean.” Current favorite film: American Gigolo Last movie seen: The Lost Boys
Alice McCall Favorite films: Fame, Scarface, Bonnie and Clyde and Taxi Driver.
Susien Chong and Nic Briand Favorite films: “When we were in New York recently, Nic and I spent $300 on DVDs—we’re absolute pop culture junkies—ranging from episode two of The Cosby Show to Grey Gardens by the Maysles brothers, to another documentary on Bob Dylan called Don’t Look Back,” says Chong. “If we’re into a particular artist and there’s a documentary on them, then that provides huge inspiration for us. Jean Luc Godard also did a Stones documentary, Sympathy for the Devil, and there’s another documentary that Mick Jagger did, called Performance. Movie-wise, we saw Borat (when it came out). Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore and, of course, anything by Woody Allen, especially after coming back from New York.” Design inspiration: Lover’s “Altamont” fall 2007 collection was inspired by the 1970 Maysles brothers’ Rolling Stones documentary, Gimme Shelter, and the designers’ previous “Black Rose Army” spring 2006 collection was inspired by Robert Stone’s 2004 documentary, Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst.
Alex Zabotto-Bentley, Fashionassassin Favorite films: Zabotto-Bentley says he recently watched the 1978 horror flick The Eyes of Laura Mars again, as well as the “crazy ridiculous” pop culture films Bring It On III: All Or Nothing (2006) and Stick-It (2006). Zabotto-Bentley’s all-time favorites include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), The Thomas Crown Affair (the 1968 original), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Princess Bride (1987) and anything by Robert Altman, John Waters or Andy Warhol. Design inspiration: “The Outsiders, The Wanderers and Rumble Fish—they’re the films that really, really inspired me,” says Zabotto-Bentley. “I’ve made a pact with a friend of mine to really investigate some of the older black-and-white movies with Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, etc., and look at the costuming and see how we can turn it into modern street/sportswear look. That particular era was much more film noir and melodramatic; there were some really hard-shape garments.”
Donatella Versace Favorite film: “Brokeback Mountain, because though it is not obviously a film about fashion, it is beautifully shot and creates a haunting atmosphere. The rugged landscape mirrors the ruggedness of the men who live there, and their clothes, born from the requirement for tough and functional outfits, help contribute to the impression of a closed community with its own rituals and codes of behavior. The cowboy hats, the denim, the shirts—these basics stay the same as time passes; in fact, in the film, as the characters age, their wardrobe style remains as constant as the forces of nature that surround them. Ultimately, it is a piece of clothing that holds the most powerful memory for one of the characters and symbolizes the lost love of his life—the film ends with Ennis, a strong man of few words, played brilliantly by Heath Ledger, clutching his lover’s shirt, which he keeps as a reminder in his wardrobe.” Favorite fashion films: Marie Antoinette Favorite recent film: Memoirs of a Geisha Most inspiring recent film: Brokeback Mountain Favorite current film: “The Devil Wears Prada, because it is so funny, and because though it is an exaggerated cartoon of an aspect of the industry I work in, I think it’s pretty true to life. I did laugh, and I did recognize the landscape.”
Erin Fetherston Favorite film: “Daisies, it’s so visually beautiful. And it’s silly and profound at the same time.” Favorite fashion film: Marie Antoinette Most inspirational film: “Karen Elson, Zooey Deschanel and Sarah Sophie Flicker just made a short film together, Lay Down Lean. It’s completely amazing.” Current favorite film: Love Story Last movie seen: Roman Coppola’s CQ.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews