Indie actress and star of Monster, Sleepy Hollow and The Ice Storm, Christina Ricci’s new role is as the muse for an ingenious handbag from designer Donna Karan. The kooky starlet is perhaps an unusual choice given that former stars of Donna Karan campaigns include Kate Moss, Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore (with ex-husband Bruce Willis), are definitely more mainstream heroes for customers of the super slick New York brand. Nevertheless Miss Ricci applies herself to the role of four characters in a short film, symbolising the fact that the Eldridge bag may be worn in four different ways
As we mentioned last week, this isn’t the first time that a big label has climbed into bed with such a well respected figure from the film industry. John Galliano has enlisted filmmaker David Lynch (of The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet fame) to direct the new Dior film starring Marion Cotillard. Baz Luhrmann, the man behind Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, created the dreamy and romantic advert starring Nicole Kidman for Chanel No.5. Michael May, who directed Transformers, produced this year’s Victoria’s Secret Christmas ad. And who could forget the 2008 epic starring Gwyneth Paltrow alongside various coats and bags for Tod’s (shot in Italy by Dennis Hopper, no less)? Or, representing fashion’s more explosively creative side, this film of Lady Gaga showcasing independent British designers, shot by Kathryn Ferguson, with a haunting soundtrack composed by Lady G herself?
And it works well the other way round too. Hollywood is finding the world of fashion a rich seam of inspiration à ce moment. The Devil Wears Prada was a blockbuster hit in 2006, and the The September Issue AND Coco Avant Chanel caught movie industry executives by surprise when the feature films played to packed cinemas night after night.
Projects that have been mooted for the future include Gucci, a drama about murder and mayhem in the famous Italian fashion house, entertainment trade magazine Variety has reported that director Ridley Scott is in advanced negotiations to sign up Angelina Jolie in the starring role. Hmmmm . . .Over at Miramax, tongues have wagged (though naught has been confirmed) that Harvey Weinstein might make a biopic of about Roy Halston Frowick. Given that Weinstein was the main backer of the latest re-launch of the fashion house AND how fascinating the life story of the Seventies designer (and Studio 54 habituee) was, we really hope this one comes true . Meanwhile, Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man is expected to grab some Oscar nominations and will be released in the UK in February.
The Donna Karan film is directed by young upstart director (and son of Sting), Jake Sumner; Miss Ricci had this to say about working on the ad. 'This was the perfect opportunity for me to work with a wonderful new director, wear amazing pieces, be in New York, and make a cool film.' And just look at how very sophisticated she is after her Donna Karan makeover....