Sofia Coppola at Cannes wearing Louis Vuitton
Sofia Copola and Paris Hilton – you might not think they have that much in common, would you? Though they both come from famous families, they’re basically on opposite ends of the style spectrum; super-elegant, understated fashionista Sofia, who’s worked hard to carve out her own niche as a Hollywood director, and party-loving, reality TV-starring, Paris. But new film, The Bling Ring has brought them much closer together.
As we grow increasingly excited about the forthcoming film, which has just debuted at Cannes, Sofia reveals more and more frankly amazing insights into how she made the film about the teenage criminals robbing the houses of celebrities, like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom from 2008 to 2009.
Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs at the Met Ball
She told WWD that big brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton got involved with kitting out her cast, despite the theme of the film, being not exactly, er, on-brand for the luxury labels. As Sofia said, ‘I think it’s not the ideal way they want to be portrayed. Louis Vuitton is this brand based on heritage and great craftsmanship, and that wasn’t the side that we were celebrating,' Coppola acknowledges. Still, being best friends with Marc Jacobs can’t hurt, can it?
Not only this, but Paris Hilton herself got involved to the extent of lending her house to be filmed in.
Yup, you read that correctly. The scenes filmed in Paris Hilton’s mansion, complete with two wardrobes, one ‘shoe room’ and one for clothes; a ‘nightclub room’ and every single one filled with framed portraits, magazine covers, and even cushions with Paris’ face on them – are real.
‘That was really her house, and we didn’t art-direct it. She really has the club room, the pillows and all of that. But she has a sense of humour about that. She said a friend gave them to her and she thought it was funny, so she kept them, so she’s playful about her image,’ Coppola says.
Initally, Sofia read about the true-life case in a Vanity Fair article, then got in touch with the journalist, Nancy Jo Sales, who gave her transcripts of interviews with the suspects, police and people involved with the case to help her write the script.
Nancy Jo ended up extending her piece into a fully-fledged book, Sofia Coppola got Emma Watson’s agent on the phone and the rest is history.
Basically, July 3rd, (the UK release date) cannot come fast enough now. We really need this film in our lives.