G-Star make good decisions. Their recent casting list has included British beauty Gemma Arterton, American sex god Vincent Gallo and now French fancy Clemence Poesy.
There’s something about Clemence. It was there in Fleur Decalour’s blue suit and it’s followed her around and taken us with it ever since. Whether it’s her enviably French style, her unusual beauty or her pretty as a painting name, she seems to bring a certain je ne sais quoi to everything she touches. In fitted denim blazers, sleeveless jackets and teeny jeans as the face of Dutch denim brand G-Star, photographed no less by Dutch visionary and lauded filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Clemence is turning heads again.
Why did you want to work with G-Star? I got to know G-Star through their campaigns and through Anton’s photography. I remembered the Liv Tyler campaign; it is the first one I remember. It comes out in magazines, it’s different, it’s very simple, and it’s got something very Rock & Roll I guess.
When did you first come across Anton Corbijn’s work, why do you like it and what was it like working with him? I don’t think he (Anton) is photographing fashion, he is photographing people, his work feels honest and there’s a rock ‘n roll feel to it that sort of attracted me as well. Working with him is amazing, he is kind, most generous and fun. He dances when he takes pictures and he’s got an amazing playlist, because he’s photographed all those people that are on the playlist. And we have had a lot of fun.
What are you working on at the moment? The last film I shot in France was about Joan of Arc, about the last year of her life. It’s a very beautiful film and very dear to me because I think it says some very beautiful things about man and the darkness in people’s lives and how they come together.
What roles do you most like playing? I think I like doing the opposite of what I just did! [Birdsong]. When I finish a big English-speaking film, I tend to want to do a small French-speaking film. It can be quite reactionary; when I do something very dark, I feel like I need a little bit of lightness.
Text: Sarah Raphael
Images courtesy G-Star, photography Anton Corbijn