It has come to our attention that John Malkovich (thespian, idol), has designed a clothing line for men. Naturally, the entire FU office is excited about this news.
Squarespace (his apparent partner in this endeavor) released a video today in which Malkovich quits acting in pursuit of his design dreams, ending with “johnmalkovich.com”. The whole thing plays as a beautiful parody, except that it isn’t. It is so very, very real.
There are two collections available for purchase on the site (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017), both of which feature a fine assortment of knits, button down shirts, and suits. At the moment, his work is wearable, and plays it relatively safe, which is smart for a menswear debut. There are small details that show some personality, such as many of the sweaters having square necklines, and some of the shirts being collarless. Additionally, there are several scarf and tie options, because if anyone is truly interesting in being John Malkovich, they should start with neckwear.
Of course, the news of Malkovich starting a fashion line should surprise no one, not because the man oft takes on projects seemingly out of nowhere, but because his foray into fashion precisely isn’t out of nowhere—outside of being a snappy dresser, he has long been tied to the fashion industry, which is backed up in detail on his website. Malkovich has appeared in campaigns for Prada, Armani, and Antonio Miro, walked for Comme des Garçons, worked on a fashion film for Bella Freud, written a book foreword for Christian Louboutin, and collaborated on design projects with Bailey Hats and Pirelli, among others. His website is also quick to explain that this is not a matter of Malkovich licensing out his name, or directing a team of anonymous designers—he is actively involved in all aspects of the design process.
“John takes inspiration from his travels and experiences, fine art, and storytelling elements, such as setting and characterization,” explains his “About” page. “He sketches designs and patterns, refining every detail, while travelling and during downtime on set. For over 30 years, John has been a passionate fabric collector. With a meditative approach, he often spends several days focusing purely on fabric selection.”
This focus on fabric is likely where menswear watchers will be able to praise his work in the industry. Where silhouette and design concepts are neutral, the feel and quality of the clothes are how one can judge which collections stand out from the rest.
It should also be noted that this is not Malkovich’s first clothing line. He had an eponymous label back in the early 2000s, and in 2011 he had a line called “Technobohemian”. The man comes and goes as he pleases, although it seems as though this turn might be more permanent, perhaps because of his foray into e-commerce.
The line is only available in two brick-and-mortar locations (one in Miami, and one in Amsterdam), but those interested in purchasing a Malkovich original can find everything online.