UNDER HIS OWN SPOTLIGHT. While fully embracing his famous heritage, Brandon Lee carves his own path in fashion while blazing another trail into acting
Shirt by Obey, pants by Chapter
After spending quite a long time hidden from the public eye, Brandon Lee, son of legendary “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, is stepping into the limelight. And, of course, he’s doing it in style.
For one, Lee is one of the faces of Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2017 campaign, and also appeared on the brand’s runway show during the Milan Fashion Week event earlier this year. It would certainly seem that the modeling gene runs in the family: His brother, Dylan Jagger Lee, modeled for Saint Laurent. Naturally, film is a not-so-distant goal for the elder Lee brother, who described himself on numerous occasions as a consummate “cinephile.” Rumors abound about at least one cameo in a film project that’s probably quite familiar to him.
Still, what’s most intriguing about Lee’s story is the way he handles fame. On the one hand, he doesn’t seem to shy away from joining his famous parents in public appearances. On the other hand, he has successfully carved his own path, doing his own thing—and doing it well. We can only guess whether his passions will develop more toward fashion or film, but for now, he’s made quite a name for himself in the business, and will probably become a familiar sight among the campaigns of the coming seasons.
DA MAN: Hi, Brandon; awesome to have you with us. So, what are you busy with these days?
Brandon Lee: I’m mostly busy with just trying to stay healthy in Hollywood actually.
DA MAN: Earlier this year you walked on Dolce & Gabbana’s fall/winter runway show in Milan. How exciting was that?
Brandon Lee: Walking for Dolce & Gabbana was one of the most spectacular experiences! Stefano and Domenico are icons, and it was such an honor to be involved with showcasing that collection.
Outfit by 3.1 Phillip Lim
DA MAN: And, of course, you’re also on the brand’s latest ad campaign. How did you end up working with this Dolce & Gabbana project?
Brandon Lee: Yes, I am. It really all started when I came to Milan for the first time a couple seasons ago and sat at the show. That’s when I met Stefano and Domenico for the first time. We instantly became friends. One of the highlights of working with them was getting on stage at the after party and singing like crazy with those guys. I feel like that’s where the connection really started. And, of course, soon after that, the campaign in Capri was shot. It really feels like I am part of the family when I see those guys, and I couldn’t tell you what an honor it is to work with them.
DA MAN: You were joined on set by Presley Gerber, Rafferty Law and Gabriel Kane. What was it like working with these guys?
Brandon Lee: Yeah! I mean, what can I say? I’ve been friends with those guys ever since. Truly a group of stand up guys. I knew Presley prior from growing up in Malibu.
DA MAN: From the runway in Milan to the photo shoot in Capri, are there any particular pieces that you’d want to add to your personal wardrobe?
Brandon Lee: The suit and the tux. Dolce & Gabbana have such a classic fit. I’ve collected a few over my time working with them.
DA MAN: You’ve described yourself as a “cinephile” before. Can you elaborate on that?
Brandon Lee: I love film. It’s a cure-all. It inspires emotion and gives birth to so much motivation. It’s my dream.
Outfit by Vivienne Westwood