WWD spoke with the rookie sex symbol about superstardom and what it's like to be photographed in your skivvies.
WWD: So the next Twilight installment, "Eclipse," comes out next month, how do you prepare for all the craziness that comes with that?
Kellan Lutz: I really look at it as going to Six Flags or an amusement park. The first time, you don't realize what that long line of people waiting there is for, so when you get out of the car and everyone is screaming your name it's like, 'Oh my god.' It's surreal. But after the second time around, you realize you can't really prepare for it. You just know it's going to be one of the biggest moments and best memories of your life.
That's the essence of the saggy pants debate that's come to New York, following State Senator Eric Adams' initiative to put up six billboards in Brooklyn that encourage young males to "Stop the Sag" and wear their pants in a conventional manner -- i.e., without most of their underwear flapping in the breeze.
The show proved to be a reciprocal act of admiration between an iconic designer and his legion of followers, which ran the gamut from businessmen in suits to avant-garde artist types.
Backstage, Yamamoto said he wanted to pay tribute to his home country because he hadn't staged a fashion show there in almost 20 years. In turn, his fans showed their support for the 66-year-old designer just months after his company filed for bankruptcy protection. (Japanese private equity fund Integral Corp. has since taken over the business to restructure it.)
"Well Yohji's back, very simply," Yoshihiro Hemmi, the chairman of the fashion house, told me.
He said the show actually accomplished two things: It demonstrated how many people of all ages still identify with the designer and it also helped boost employee morale -- not a bad thing for a company emerging from financial collapse.
On his early interest in fashion:
I [always] had a love for fashion. I recognized it when my grandmother took me shopping for back-to-school clothes. I mean, I didn't know I wanted to be a fashion designer at that point, but I knew I was interested in clothing. I loved the idea of getting dressed and putting together clothes at a very early age. And then, I guess maybe when I was 12 or 13, I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer. I just really loved fashion. I had no real dreams of anything else. I think once I wanted to be a veterinarian [because] my cat was sick. I was, like, eight and that was a passing moment.
Though he's been dating designer L'Wren Scott for just a few years, Mick Jagger
is certainly no newbie to the fashion world. As a Rolling Stone, he worked with
"loads of stylists, millions of them," he told me at the dinner he threw during
New York Fashion Week for his girlfriend. But lately he's become particularly
interested in the production side of things. Here's a snippet of our
conversation about style -- men's, women's and his great-grandfather's.