Kick out the jahms
Julia Fox broke big in late 2019 with the intense Uncut Gems (5 stars!). In the actor’s telling, she was writer/director Josh Safdie’s muse, and her pronunciation of the film title comes with a rather looser use of vowels and consonants (“Awncuht Jahms”). A role in Steven Soderbergh’s enjoyable No Sudden Move followed but mainly she has become a permanent, if confusing, fixture in memes and minds.
Fox was a designer/model/dominatrix/mover/shaker before finding wider attention, and follows the classic trajectory from Manhattan scenester to celebrity, as traversed tragically by Edie Sedgwick in the 1960s, and effortlessly by Chloë Sevigny in the 90s. Sevigny can be seen in the new series of Russian Doll (Netflix), but back before the controversial Kids, her 1992 screen debut was in Sonic Youth’s video for Sugar Kane (that rabbit-holes us to Marilyn Monroe, but stay focused). In it, Sevigny parades in clothes from Marc Jacobs’ notorious grunge collection.
Sell me by your name
After heroin chic and plaid shirts, Marc Jacobs graduated to the role of creative director at Louis Vuitton, while also pioneering his eponymous label and, ironically, endless variations on his name – from Marc by Marc Jacobs to Jacobs for Marc in collaboration with Marc Jacobs.
The dearly departed Virgil Abloh, who died last November, was named men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton in 2018. The fashion designer and all-round visual polymath founded Off-White and was a regular collaborator/creative counsel for fellow Chicagoan Kanye West.
Keeping up with Kanye
Recent years have been trying for Kanye West-watchers but content continues: the “desultory” album Donda 2 arrived in February, as did a Netflix documentary. Meanwhile, there was a brief, oddly staged romance with Julia Fox, playing out on the Insta grid and beyond. Fox is also writing a book that she has declared a “masterpiece”. She seems to have grasped the essence of a wild celebrity moment, telling the Cut: “Give people something to talk about … do your job.”