Drake General Store Style Icon: Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola comes from film industry royalty as the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, sister to Roman Coppola and cousin to both Nicolas Cage + Jason Schwartzman, but has made a name for herself as director of The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, Somewhere + The Bling Ring. She began acting in her father’s films before she could walks and at age fifteen she interned for Chanel, fetching coffee for Karl Lagerfeld, where her love of fashion started + her own personal style began to develop. Visually driven, she studied photography, had dreams of being a painter + designed her own clothing line Milkfed (which is still available in Japan) before directing motion pictures.
Her five feature films are distinctively Sofia, she lets the visuals of the film tell the story rather than letting the dialog of her characters establish the mood. She always films on location as the authenticity + energy of Tokyo in Lost in Translation, Versailles in Marie Antoinette, Los Angeles in The Bling Ring + Milan in Somewhere cannot be replicated in the studio. Her films leave you feeling as if you’re inside of them yourself instead of just watching.
The wardrobe of Sofia’s characters are lavish, from corseted gowns, pink wigs + blinged out designer gear, but her own style has a minimal Parisian feel. She wear ballet flats, button down shirts, A-line skirts, soft floral frocks, classic stripes + tailored silhouettes that compliment her slim body in shades of navy, taupe + cream. She manages to look elegant while being effortless and while film is her prerogative, the fashion industry has taken notice. She has become Dior’s go-to ad director, appeared in advertisements for her close friend Marc Jacobs, was the face of his fragrance Blush + has a namesake Louis Vuitton handbag she helped design, which has been carried by Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr + Emmanuelle Alt. Sofia’s style has made her an icon of all things aesthetic, and she proves that you can be both substantial + still interested in frivolity.