Celebrity

Couture Casting Couch

Fashion designers get the Hollywood treatment


Couture Casting Couch
Fashion designers get the Hollywood treatment

Casting Couch


 
Casting Couch

You don’t need to be Spielberg to understand why filmmakers have recently gone gaga over making movies about fashion designers. Think of the glamour, the grandeur and the scandals associated with icons such as Coco Chanel (who will be played by Audrey Tatou in the upcoming film Coco Avant Chanel), Roy Halston (rumoured to be immortalized on screen by Jude Law) and Vivienne Westwood (a biopic Kate Winslet recently dropped out of). To add to this list of chic flicks, we suggest Hollywood start scripting for these other style makers.

MORE

Michael Kors


 
Michael Kors


 

Ellen DeGeneres


 
Ellen DeGeneres

Michael Kors
Runway photo: Anthea Simms
  Ellen DeGeneres

Designer: Michael Kors
Known for: His sportswear-inspired collections, his warm and fussy style commentary and his renovation of French fashion house Celine.
Star Pick: Ellen DeGeneres
Why? Both are bottle blondes, openly gay and hugely successful. Aside from their Prozac-happy smiles, they’ve got a major T.V. connection—DeGeneres hosts the Ellen DeGeneres Show (11 Emmys) and Kors, who has won 2 CFDA awards, is a judge on Project Runway. Still tied to their mama’s apron strings, the twosome have also had their mothers appear on their respective shows but what we feel will generate the most Oscar buzz is DeGeneres’ Kors-like sassy one-liners.

Miuccia Prada


 
Miuccia Prada


 

Natalie Portman


 
Natalie Portman

Miuccia Prada   Natalie Portman

Designer: Miuccia Prada
Known for: Being the Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur behind mega brands Prada and Miu Miu. Taking over her family business in 1978, she and her hubby turned it into a super fortune acquiring Jil Sander, Fendi and Helmut Lang to their portfolio.
Star Pick: Natalie Portman
Why? These two brainiacs are no slouches when it comes to education – Prada has a PhD in Political Science and Portman has a degree in Psychology from Harvard. They’ve also dabbled in each other’s professions – Portman recently designed her own shoe line for Te Casan and Prada once studied and performed mime. Both at the top of their game, they prove that brains and beauty are a winning combination

Tom Ford


 
Tom Ford


 

Ryan Reynolds


 
Ryan Reynolds

Tom Ford   Ryan Reynolds

Designer: Tom Ford
Known for: His Tom Ford label and previous stints as creative director of YSL and Gucci (where he famously infused the label with his studio 54 inspired glamour rock edge.
Star Pick: Ryan Reynolds
Why? Success didn’t come without hard work for these chiseled stars – Ford had stints at Chloe and Perry Ellis before landing his coveted Gucci gig. Reynolds starred in the Canadian soap Hillside, Van Wilder and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place before securing his leading man status opposite A-listers Julia Roberts in Fireflies in the Garden and Sandra Bullock in The Proposal. There’s also the ScarJo factor – Tom Ford posed beside a nude Johansson in Vanity Fair, meanwhile, Reynolds tied the knot with the blonde bombshell in 2008. And, of course, there’s the movie tie in – Ford is set to direct his first film, an adaptation of the novel A Single Man.

“Couture Casting Couch” has been edited for FLARE.com; more clever castings appear in the April 2008 issue of FLARE.

MAIN