When Kim Jones dressed up as Boba Fett from “Star Wars” for Halloween, he probably didn’t realize that he would amass a bounty of men leading their fields in fashion, entertainment and social media at Louis Vuitton’s dinner on Monday night at the Chateau Marmont.
For his second trip to Los Angeles this year, the men’s artistic director for the Paris-based luxury brand gathered Joe Jonas, Xavier Dolan, Cameron Dallas, Colton Haynes, Brenton Thwaites, Nolan Funk, Brad Goreski and Josh Peskowitz around a candlelit table stretching the length of the penthouse balcony at the famed hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.
“It’s really organic,” Jones said of his assembly of guests, which included a few ladies such as Kelly Osbourne and Samantha McMillen. “You get mutual attraction from people and become friends.”
Jonas became a friend gushing with respect for how the British designer works. Following an invitation to sit in the front row of a fashion show last year, the singer had the opportunity to step into Jones’ studio, which he described as “loose and free,” stocked with leather moccasins and other morsels that fed his creativity.
“It’s so cool to see the things he’s inspired by,” said Jonas, who harbors his own desire to create a fashion line one day. “I would love to learn from somebody like Kim and pick his brain and maybe sit in a room and watch people for months.”
While the second oldest of the four Jonas brothers acknowledged he doesn’t actually have time to undertake a fashion internship during the period he’s building buzz for his new band, DNCE, he is open to return to acting. In the meantime, he said, “I love to binge-watch television shows. Right now, I am excited ‘The Walking Dead’ is back. I love ‘Mr. Robot.’ I also love ‘House of Cards.'”
Haynes was another one giddy about the creative outlet TV affords. “There will be an announcement of a cool thing I’ll be doing for a while,” he teased before sharing platters of arugula salad with burrata, grilled octopus, Dover sole in lemon butter, rib-eye steak and truffled fries with other guests.
Other than his secretive show, he recently filmed a comedy titled “Rock That Body” with Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon. “It’s basically a bachelorette party that went awry,” he said. “I get to be very naked.”
Having bared his life on social media to more than 30.7 million followers combined on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, Dallas has been re-branding himself from digital star to venture capitalist. Not only has he linked with billionaire Ron Burkle, but he’s also raised $1.7 million toward his target of $10 million for a fund to invest in tech start-ups. Attending his first Louis Vuitton soirée in a jean jacket and matching pants covered in a pattern that resembled cracked plaster, he said, “I’m learning about fashion.”
Thwaites became well-versed in the style of soldiers and swashbucklers from his stint filming the latest edition in the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise with Johnny Depp. He described his personal style as “loose, rugged, hole-y, colorful, rustic, though fitting and elegant.”
When asked about the appeal of Australian actors taking over Hollywood, especially the roles extolling masculinity, he set the record straight. “You should meet the Australian actors who don’t have jobs,” he said. Casually pulling his longish locks into a tiny bun, he added, “I don’t feel that manly.”
“His next movie — ‘Man,'” joked stylist Warren Alfie Baker, who had dressed him in a get-up from Louis Vuitton’s spring 2017 lineup.
“M-ä-h-n,” Thwaites corrected him, “with the two dots above it.”