Wearing John Malkovich
The actor introduces a new laid-back menswear line.
Asked what inspired his summer menâ€™s collection for Yoox.com, John Malkovich gets nostalgic.
â€śIâ€™m from the Midwestâ€”thatâ€™s a long way from California, or from water,â€ť the Illinois-born actor, director, and producer says over the phone. â€śThe West Coast was just a place that seemed so incredibly exotic, and paradisiacal and unreachable. And they had colorful things that were light and airy and not too overdesigned.â€ť
Which pretty well describes his new line. Unpretentious low-tops, cotton scarves, and effortless shirtsâ€”all made in Italy to be comfortable and packableâ€”have a retro Cali feel. â€śItâ€™s a simple but not wholly inelegant look,â€ť Malkovich says, and a big departure from the structured pieces in his main menswear line, Technobohemian, which he started in 2009. (His first venture, Uncle Kimono, folded about six years ago.)
Malkovich, who lives part-time in Cambridgeâ€”â€śitâ€™s a nice, quiet life,â€ť he saysâ€”has long been drawn to texture and color, collecting eye-catching fabric scraps for as long as he can remember. In high school, he even dreamed up new field attire during sports practices.
â€śIf I had spent as much time in the weight room as I did designing football uniforms, I probably would have had a free college education,â€ť he says with a laugh. â€śIt was one of my many failings.â€ť
Now Malkovich carries paper and colored pencils with him to film sets and on flights. â€śSketching is never really a problem,â€ť he says. â€śIf I ever had two full days, I could design 10 yearsâ€™ worth.â€ť Although this modern Renaissance man doesnâ€™t have a lot of downtimeâ€”this month heâ€™s directing the French-language play Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Lincoln Center Festivalâ€”he hopes to make it back to one beach in particular the next time heâ€™s in town. A college girlfriendâ€™s great-uncle had â€śone of those Victorian, ramshackle beach houses at Salisbury Beach, which I loved,â€ť he says. â€śBut anytime I ask any member of my family to take a drive up there, I always get a big no.â€ť Maybe this summer.
Technobohemian cotton-and-metal belt, $109, yoox.com
Technobohemian nylon swim trunks, $249, yoox.comÂ
Technobohemian cotton-and-rubber shoes, $253, yoox.com
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/fashion-style/article/2013/06/25/john-malkovich-technobohemian-fashion-line/