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James Franco is busy. So busy that the only time he can speak is by phone at 7:30 a.m., before business hours for most of us, and an appointment not necessarily made more palatable by a night at the Met gala the evening before. No matter. “I don’t like to waste anything,” Franco says, minutes as well as creative outlets and even press calls. It helps to explain how the relentless multitasker finds time to do it all: shoot major Hollywood movies (next up: the title role in Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, cameos in the latest from Harmony Korine and Seth Rogen’s directorial debut, etc.), direct his own student films and get them distributed (The Broken Tower, a life of poet Hart Crane), model for Gucci, create ads for Seven for All Mankind, occasionally host the Oscars, curate The Dangerous Book Four Boys (now also available in book form, from Rizzoli), and so on and so on.
Franco’s latest project, Rebel (sponsored by Gucci and Seven), arrives thanks to L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art, at JF Chen’s exhibition space in Los Angeles next week. For this meditation on James Dean—whom he won a Golden Globe for playing in 2002—and Rebel Without a Cause, Franco commissioned artists Paul McCarthy, Ed Ruscha, Aaron Young, Korine, Terry Richardson, and more to reinterpret bits of the film and its attendant legends. (His own take on it, Brad Renfro Forever, screens as well.) Not long after sunrise, Franco spoke with Style.com about an evening at the Met, fashion versus film, and the enduring rawness of Rebel.
Rebel runs May 15 through June 23 at JF Chen, 941 North Highland Avenue, L.A., for more information, visit moca.org.
Thanks for speaking so early. I can imagine it was a late one last night.
It was pretty late. But my date was Marina Abramovic, and she is going to Cuba today, so she wanted to leave early. So I didn’t stay out that late.
How was the Met gala?
It was fine. It was my first time. It’s just a nice dinner, with every celebrity you can think of.
Did you get a chance to see the exhibition?
Yeah, they kind of walk you through it when you get there. It was great. It was all women’s fashion, which I guess I can appreciate.
Fashion definitely seems to appreciate you. How do you see it fitting into what you do?
I see it as one more aspect of the world that I’m involved in. I think a lot of what I do, in whatever medium it might be, is grounded in my experiences as an actor on film. That’s how I enter the professional world, through film. I’m used to certain working methods and collaboration with a lot of people. I’m used to making projects with people that are skilled in different areas. I’m used to coming up with ideas and then having them augmented through collaboration, or hearing other people’s ideas. So fashion is basically, like, the wardrobe department on a film, but for life—for our characters in life.
The companies I work with are very supportive of the art projects that we do, and in the other direction, we’ve been able to incorporate the clothes from Gucci or Seven into the art projects in a way that I’m really happy with. It’s not as if one side takes precedence. There’s something really important about that. It’s not like the art world, or the stuff I do art-wise, related to Gucci doesn’t critique fashion or make fun of it or anything—it just sort of uses the clothes as a wardrobe designer would on a movie. With fashion…they don’t force me to create a false image of myself to sell the clothes. Basically, who I am is what they want. Continue Reading “James Franco: Rebel‘s Rebel” »
Rosie On The Runway, James Franco To Play Mapplethorpe, Harper Beckham’s “Ridiculous” Wardrobe, And More…
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ended her year-long catwalk hiatus to strut down the runway in the Animale fashion show in São Paulo. The model donned two looks from designer Priscilla Darolt’s Fall ’12 collection. [Telegraph]
James Franco has reportedly signed on to play Robert Mapplethorpe in an upcoming biopic about the photographer directed by Ondi Timoner. No word yet on who will play his pal Patti Smith. [Hint]
Watch out, Suri, there’s a new baby style star in town. David and Victoria Beckham’s 6-month-old daughter Harper has already been seen wearing Chloé tights and Bonpoint looks. “Her wardrobe is ridiculous,” her dad jokes. “I’m glad I got a two-year contract.” [Vogue U.K.]
Courtney Love, who faced eviction from her West Village town house after she reportedly set it on fire, has won her court battle. Despite her triumph in the case, Love is moving out when the lease expires in February to a new spot downtown. [Page Six]
Franco For All Mankind, Margherita Missoni Is Engaged, Lagerfeld Has A Bombay Spectacular In Store, And More…
James Franco’s latest gig is ad director and photographer for Seven For All Mankind’s Spring ’12 campaign. Of his vision for the campaign, the actor says, “We don’t want to do something that feels very fashion-heavy.” [WWD]
Congratulations to Margherita Missoni, who is engaged to Eugenio Amos. Don’t expect it to be a Kardashian sort of affair—it will be private and there will be no press coverage of the wedding in Sumirago, Italy. [Vogue U.K.]
Wondering what Anouck Lepère’s apartment might look like? The supermodel, who has fronted Missoni campaigns and worked with the likes of Demarchelier and Testino, opened up her Antwerp home to photographer Estelle Hanania to gives us a snapshot inside her world. [Nowness]
Karl Lagerfeld’s pre-fall collection will be India-inspired, complete with embellishments from the couture ateliers owned by Chanel. His December 6 show will take place at the Galerie Courbe in the Grand Palais. [WWD]
Franco Fronts Gucci Campaign, Kate Moss Statue Brings In The Big Bucks, Olympia Le-Tan And Spike Jonze Collaborate, And More…
James Franco is the face of Gucci’s new men’s made-to-measure service. Starting at the end of the year, Gucci shoppers can pick from 178 different color and fabric combinations for the custom suits, available in 11 boutiques worldwide. Unfortunately, we can’t promise you will look as good as Mr. Franco in your custom Gucci. [Telegraph]
A gold sculpture of Kate Moss in a yoga pose sold for $908,245 at a Sotheby’s auction this weekend. The 18-karat gold sculpture by Marc Quinn was on the chopping block next to artwork by the likes of Lucian Freud and Leon Kossoff at the London auction (which ultimately raked in $28,020,681). [Huffington Post]
Designer Olympia Le-Tan cut 3,000 pieces of felt for Mourir Auprès de Toi, the short film she enlisted Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn to co-direct. In the video, the felt figures and Le-Tan’s clutches come to life in a Parisian bookstore with stop-motion animation. [Nowness]
Academy Award-nominated costume designer Ray Aghayan died October 10 at age 83. Aghayan worked with famous Hollywood stars, including Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, and Diana Ross. [WWD]
Actress Jessica Chastain, one of the stars from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has been nominated, along with Caroline Champetier, Federica Pontremoli, Nansun Shi, and Athina Tsangari, for Gucci’s first Award for Women in Cinema. The final decision will be made at the 68th Venice International Film Festival by an impressive group of judges: Frida Giannini, Robin Wright, James Franco, and Valeria Golino. [Vogue U.K.]
Here’s a new pairing for you: milk and Vuitton. Under the name La Belle Jardiniere, Louis Vuitton has released its haute honey, straight from the roof of their Paris headquarters. [Hint]
During this year’s America’s World Cup Series, you can hit up port Puma in between races. As the official sportswear label for the event, they will have pop-up fan shops at ports hosting the races and official America’s Cup gear for sale online as well. The series’ kickoff events begin August 6 in Portugal. [WWD]
New mom Miranda Kerr proved she is ready for sailing and suit season when she showed off her rocking body in a Jets swimsuit on the David Jones runway this morning. She didn’t wait to get rid of any baby weight, that’s for sure. [Racked]