sometimes when you idolize someone the more you get to know about them the less appealing they seem to get. not the case with my favorite visionary michel gondry. i cant even believe how good this article is, and the funny thing is that i stumbled upon it by accident in an unrelated internet search. there is something so appealing to his style.
MICHEL GONDRY, the director and Oscar-winning screenwriter, is known for his trippy visual style and vivid imagery. But the man behind "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" doesn't favor fashion as a form of self-expression. In fact, he hates it. Still, Gondry -- in town for the premiere of his film "Be Kind Rewind," which stars Jack Black and Mos Def -- sat down and bemusedly chatted about style over a cup of hot tea.
Why don't you like fashion? You're French.
It makes you feel embarrassed about what you wear. I was watching a documentary on Duran Duran, and after five minutes, I had to turn it off. I couldn't bear to see how they were dressed. I was thinking that the '80s were so horrible.
Don't you have any fashion faux pas in your past?
In 1977, I probably looked a lot like a hippie. I had long hair and wore purple pants.
How would you describe your personal style?
I wear all the same clothes since I was born. I wear plaid and corduroy and shoes for old men. I like soft shoes. I hate pointy shoes that say, 'I am arty and rock 'n' roll.'
How did you direct your costume designers -- Rahel Afiley and Kishu Chand -- to come up with a wardrobe for your new film?
For "Be Kind Rewind," I told the stylists that they had to buy all the clothes in Passaic, N.J., at thrift stores or stores where everything costs five bucks.
When I work with a stylist on a film, I always ask the person to go in the street and take pictures of everybody. I am surprised that all stylists don't do that. They always bring you magazines to show you what people should wear.
That's not reality.
Do you shop at thrift stores?
No. I rarely shop at all. My size has not changed, and so I don't know why I should buy new clothes.
In "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Kate Winslet's hair color changes constantly. What does that say about a woman?
For that character, it says that she is not completely at ease with herself. She does it for provocation too. My son -- he is 16 -- did it to his hair a few months ago and he has a whole new personality.
Do you have any favorite designers?
No. I went to a fashion show for those girls who live with their parents in L.A. [Rodarte], and the reporter asked me what I was wearing.
I said, "Gap."
[from Sunday's LA Times]
by Monica Corcoran, Times Staff Writer