Marc Jacobs and Lana Wachowski hug it out at the Ziegfeld Theater following the designer’s Spring 2016 show. Photo: Getty Images
We haven’t had that many unexpected stars at New York Fashion Week — unless you count Drake at HSN (but we all know why he was there!) — so imagine our utter delight when we happened upon the incredible Lana Wachowski at the star-studded Marc Jacobs show that was held tonight at the Ziegfeld Theater. The notoriously press shy director/writer/producer of blockbuster films like The Matrix, V Is For Vendetta, and Jupiter Ascending was sitting quietly to herself, virtually unknown among the fashion set. She wore her hair in pink dreadlocks and sported a new Marc Jacobs outfit of a black top and paint-splattered black and white skirt. When she finally ambled over to the designer after it was all said and done, Jacobs let out a howl. “OH MY GOD,” he yelled in front of multiple camera crews and celebrities like Winona Ryder and Kate Mara. “This is my hero of all heroes! This is Lana everybody!” And suddenly, she was unrecognizable no more. Here’s what she had to say about the show and their budding friendship.
Yahoo Style: Hi Lana! Wondering if I could get your thoughts on the show?
Lana Wachowski: This is my first time, I’ve never been to a fashion show before. I thought it was so unbelievably smart. The amount of ideas that were happening, from the very beginning. The idea of taking models from the screen and understanding the relationship between film and fashion. This idea of the way that we can take and appropriate images from cinema and they become part of us, where we take them and own them in a way. And he was showing the way through his prismatic imagination — this incredible range of style that’s come to American cinema and through the kaleidoscope of his imagination, he remade all genres, all time periods. It was kind of this idea of American maximalism that he wanted to be able to have access to the vastness that American cinema offers you as somebody who is trying to put together an identity through clothes and through fashion. Did that make sense?
That made total sense! Have you known Marc for awhile?
No. It’s a strange experience. Do you want the whole story? [Scoffs]
Uh, sure. If you want!
No, it’s just, um, I had a really big premiere in my life with Cloud Atlas, and I didn’t know what I was going to wear, I was a little panicked about it. And I went into the Marc Jacobs store and I put on this dress, and I felt all of my anxieties just go away. And I suddenly felt very calm. The energy of the dress just had a kind of magic to it. And then I read just recently that he’s a fan of my work, so I said, You know what, I’m at a point in my life where I don’t care, I’m just going to send him an email and say, I love you! and see what happens. He was like, Oh my god, come to my show! And I said, I’ve never been! And he said, I’ll take care of you! And I was like, Okay, I’ll come!
How cool! So you’re fast friends.
I don’t know, I think you should always try to make friends in your life. Anytime in your life that you can make a friend that could change your life, you should go for it.
And can you see yourself wearing any of the clothes that just showed?
I’m wearing Marc Jacobs right now!
So there will be more in your wardrobe soon.
We hope! Did you like the show?
I loved it. I was into it. It was hard to absorb all of it because it flies by and there is just so much, but it was great, yeah.
It’s the way that America represents this delimited potential of taking everything and remaking it. And owning that new amalgamation. That was just brilliant and the relationship with the screen, too. The reality of it all. Anyway, okay so there you go!