7 posts tagged "Jason Schwartzman"
In an era of celebrity designers, it’s the rare actor who can admit his few, occasional limitations. “It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be to design sunglasses,” Jason Schwartzman says. “My initial versions were a little Hollywood—like, Mannequin. I had to simplify them.”
But when Lookmatic, the online optical site offering bargain rates on frames-and-prescription combos, came knocking, the actor and musician pledged to create his own frames and made good with a pair—available in optical and sun versions—on sale now. (Lookmatic’s founder, Joe Cole, co-owns the L.A. boutique Tenoversix with his wife, Kristen Lee, and Schwartzman’s wife, Brady Cunningham.) The actor and musician started with a vintage pair that came from a family heirloom of sorts: a pair worn by his new frame’s namesake, Uncle Leonard, his father’s brother. Apparently Uncle Leonard spotted a pair of thick-framed black glasses at his nephew’s house one day and remembered that he had a similar pair as a medical student in the 1950s. “On my birthday, I opened the mail and there was an old glasses case and these glasses,” Schwartzman recalled. They became the inspiration and the blueprint for his new frames. “I love all kinds of glasses, and of course I love the John Lennon little wire ones,” he goes on, “but I am taking my glasses on and off a lot; I’ve always said in my personal life that I need something a little less fragile.” With a few tweaks for shape and for weight (“his feel like they’re made out of iron—they were borderline bulletproof”), his new style was born. They’re only the first of a forthcoming series of Lookmatic collaborations. The Tenoversix team designed a frame, too, and collaborative pieces are on their way from Waris Ahluwalia, Loeffler Randall co-founder Jessie Loeffler, and Aubrey Plaza.
The original Uncle Leonards—circa 1958—are still with Schwartzman, though, he says, “the prescription is very powerful; you can’t actually look through them.” That would suggest that Uncle Leonard himself might want to avail himself of a pair of the new ones, but they’ll likely be prescription-free. “I think by this point he’s had Lasik surgery.”
Uncle Leonard frames, $130, are available now at Lookmatic.com.
Lately, model Agyness Deyn has been making headlines with her provocative role as a stripper in the upcoming Danish film Pusher, but she also has another acting role up her sleeve. Deyn is the star of Waris Ahluwalia’s latest project for The Luxury Collection Hotels—a short film (which he told Style.com about a while back) entitled HERE. Deyn is part of an all-star cast Ahluwalia enlisted for the movie—Tilda Swinton conceived the short with the designer, I Am Love‘s Luca Guadagnino directed it, Heidi Bivens designed the costumes, and Jason Schwartzman created the soundtrack. The film, which follows a coast-to-coast romantic voyage between three of the Collection’s hotels, doesn’t go live (on TheLuxuryCollection.com/TheFilmHere) until January 24, but Style.com has the exclusive first look at the teaser (above).
How do you define the Kenzo girl? That was the question facing Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim when they took the helm of the label this season. Their first collection gave us their answer; now, in a video debuting exclusively on Style.com, pals Jason Schwartzman and Spike Jonze offer their own. Ladies less than 5’11″: Despite what Schwartzman says, we’re pretty sure there’s still something in the debut outing for you. The full video goes live on Kenzo’s Facebook page tonight.
Valentine’s Day approaches. Are you ready?
We’ve been pulling together a whole host of ways to make it special, from red-hot lingerie sets to sweet caramels. Now, for the soundtrack, you can turn to Opening Ceremony, which debuts the first in its series of music-player “Playbuttons” this Monday with Love Songs <3 OC, a curated mix of love songs selected by the store. The rechargeable, pin-backed button (pictured above)—an homage to the band buttons showgoing kids sport—comes preloaded with love songs from the likes of the Magnetic Fields, Björk, Owen Pallett, Girls, and Coconut Records (the band of store pal Jason Schwartzman). It's rounded out with two previously unreleased tracks: a remix of Vampire Weekend's "White Sky" by New Look, previewed exclusively here, and "Body" by Karen O's low-fi side project, Native Korean Rock. Proceeds from the affordable player ($25) go to Musicians on Call, a nonprofit that brings music to bed-bound hospital patients. If you're in the mood for love, don't wait—the run is limited to 500.
You read it right. The whole world may be going nuts for twitpics, but this fashion week, we opted for Whitpics, courtesy of Trovata designer John Whitledge. Since he took a season off from showing his collection, Whitledge had a little free time to take in the sights of New York fashion week. We sent him out, camera in hand; below is his photo diary of a week at the shows, the scenes, the parties, and the strip clubs (!) of NYFW, with a few words from the man himself on what he saw there.
“Erin Wasson was channeling a little Slash before her show.” Erin Wasson x RVCA show, ABC Carpet & Home.
“General Idea designer Bumsuk Choi faces the storm outside his showroom.” Soho.
“Kirsten Dunst was embracing a real fashion moment.” Patrik Ervell presentation, Milk Studios.