John Malkovich is leaving acting behind to become a fashion designer. Or at least a fictional character named John Malkovich is leaving acting behind to become a fashion designer in a new short film called “Make Your Next Move.” But, also, the real John Malkovich designed a couple of menswear collections and they’re actually available for purchase. Confused yet?
Never one to just show up and simply act in a movie, Malkovich is once again pushing the boundaries of cinematic art by blending fiction and reality. Just as he did in 1999’s Being John Malkovich, Malkovich is playing a fictionalized version of himself. Only instead of being forced by John Cusack to become a puppeteer, Malkovich is trying to launch his own line of men’s clothing.
The whole project is part of a partnership with website creation company Squarespace, and while the film is entertaining in and of itself, what’s most impressive is that the collections Malkovich designed are really cool. This may or may not comes as surprise to those of us in the real world—he also had a collection called Technobohemian a few years back, so there’s some precedent for his sartorial tendencies—but it’s clearly shocking to people in the film.
Done with plenty of humor, the three-minute clip shows Malkovich navigating his way through the naysayers to embark on his fashion career. In voiceover, he says brooding and substantial things like, “Everything I ever did was a gamble,” “I don’t really care how they take me,” and “I’m always the figure in someone else’s dream. I’d really rather make my own figures, make my own dreams.”
The result of those dreams is a men’s collection—you can buy it here—that looks rakishly continental with a slight ’60s vibe, and is somehow totally Malkovichian. It’s also seriously wearable. Some of the highlights include linen trousers, band-collared shirts, and a lovely wool three-button jacket in gray or navy blue. The names of the pieces are also quite Malkovich-appropriate: like Tito’s Parrot, Cafe Algiers, and Square Peg Sweater.
Do yourself a favor and watch the video, and then head on over to the John Malkovich website to see the fall and spring lookbooks in full and grab something for yourself, if you’re so inclined.