FALL IN MOTION. Filmmaker extraordinaire Xavier Dolan lends his moody charm to Louis Vuitton’s exquisite pre-fall collection
There’s nothing ordinary about the life of Xavier Dolan. The Quebecois first broke into the international cinema scene with his debut film, “I Killed My Mother” (2009), which he wrote, acted in, directed and produced.
It didn’t take long for the openly gay filmmaker to top that feat with his powerfully emotional third film, “Laurence Anyways” (2012), which nabbed the Queer Palm and the Un Certain Regard for the Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival that year.
And in a few months’ time, the 27-year-old director is set to launch what many expect to be his best movie yet, “It’s Only the End of the World.” This motion picture will feature some of the most influential French actors at the moment, including the lovely Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel and Vincent Cassel.
As if his cinematic endeavors are not enough to impress the world, Dolan has also been reprising his fashion role as Louis Vuitton’s brand ambassador, and he takes on this role with what can only be described as an incomprehensible ease. Just like in this beautifully-shot series of photos, Dolan brings a little bit of his motion picture moods into the frames, adding depth and perspective to the brand’s sumptuous pre-fall 2016 pieces. The talented Canadian reveals even more on his exciting fashion and film endeavors in the interview.
DA MAN: How did your collaboration with Louis Vuitton start?
Xavier Dolan: It’s impossible to forget. On my birthday last year, my publicist called to tell me that Louis Vuitton wanted to do a seasonal campaign with me. I could hardly believe it. I immediately called my French agent, who works fairly closely with the Louis Vuitton fashion house. Apparently, the idea had been an initiative by an advertising company employed for the campaign in question. When the Paris office heard about the idea, they actually decided to abandon the campaign in favor of an ambassador role. It was absolutely amazing.
DA MAN: What is it that you like the most about Kim Jones’ work?
Xavier Dolan: I like his modernity and his refinement. He is rational and direct. There are so many ideas and textures, so much richness, but without any affectation. I’m happy to represent the Louis Vuitton man the way Kim imagines him. There’s nothing more difficult than wearing clothes that don’t represent you in any way, or which inconvenience you because of their style or cut. What Kim does corresponds to my tastes and, strangely, to the man that the post-adolescent in me wanted to become.