An American award-winning screen-writer, film director, actress, and producer: Sofia Coppola.
She comes from a large family of famous movie stars but throughout the mass of talent she has found a way to stand out on her own and prove that her work is pure talent and imagination, not just a slew of good connections and a wealthy background.
For those of you unfamiliar with her work, her three directorial masterpieces include: The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and Marie Antoinette.
She has also directed various music videos, worked on ads for Christian Dior,
and acted in many films including all of the Godfathers, as well as a few music videos. She is a very powerful and very ambitious woman, and has also become somewhat of a style icon in the fashion world.
She did a lot of modeling in the early 1990’s and in 2002 was hand-picked by Marc Jacobs to be the face of the house’s fragrance.
On top of mastering the world of film and the world of fashion, she also knows her stuff when it comes to music; the soundtracks to her movies are fabulous, and she is currently romantically involved with Thomas Mars, the lead singer of French rock band Phoenix. They also have two daughters together.
What I love about Sofia Coppola and her movies, is that she is able to perfectly mix fashion film and music into pop cultural phenomenas; beautiful eye candy that are not only entertaining but very inspiring to designers and writers, and people like myself.
If you haven’t seen The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, or Marie Antoinette, I strongly suggest you do. The Virgin Suicides has become somewhat of a cult classic and is an often referenced film for designers and fashion bloggers. Marie Antoinette has often been critiqued as inaccurate and modernized into a Hollywood depiction rather than a historically correct vision. However, all of her films have affected fashion trends as well as other parts of culture and so it was very exciting news when we finally found out that her latest piece since Marie Antoinette in 2006, was soon to be released.
The film is called Somewhere and although it is not to be released until December 22nd, 2010, there is a lot of expectation weighing on it as well as a media frenzy because of some of the big name actors, the musical score and the setting. Stephen Dorff (Backbeat, Blade, etc.) will play Johnny Marco, a “Hollywood bad-boy stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont when he receives an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning.”
Elle Fanning; Dakota’s younger sister, is a smart young girl who is destined to be a style icon at the age of 12. Along with Erin Wasson; model and designer, the cast is sure to deliver a stellar performance. The French band Phoenix who obviously have strong ties to Sofia Coppola (since they first collaborated in 1999) are going to be largely involved with the soundtrack of the film and will bring a great mix of French and American culture. However, I think one of the smartest decisions made about this film is that it is to be set at the famous and legendary Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
This is the very same hotel that has seen many famous faces over the years. Greta Garbo stayed here, Led Zeppelin rode motorcycles through the lobby, Britney Spears is banned from, and above all the famous song Hotel California by The Eagles is rumoured to have been written about the Hotel.
The film has all the right ingredients to become a masterpiece and I among many others, anxiously anticipate its release.
Who wants to come see it with me?