Film Meets Fashion: 17 Directors Who’ve Shot Fashion Commercials


A year after directing Natalie Portman to Oscar gold in Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky has found a new dancing muse: Jennifer Lopez. Unfortunately, this collaboration is unlikely to earn the former Fly Girl a gold statuette of her own, as it's all for a commercial to promote her Kohl's collection.

And while we're still trying to wrap our heads around the fact that the guy who gave us Requiem for a Dream is directing commercials, Aronofsky isn't alone in taking a break from Hollywood to pursue more fashion-minded directorial projects.

Read on to see which other big-name directors (Marty! Spike! Ridley!) have flirted with fashion and beauty campaigns.

1. Martin Scorsese

Mob, schmob. This iconic director may be famed for his gangster films, but he's no stranger to glamorous "goodfellas" as well. In the '80s Scorsese directed a slightly tempestuous fragrance ad for Armani, while 2010 saw the release of his Bleu de Chanel commercial starring French hottie Gaspard Ulliel.



2. Sofia Coppola

She's created her own Louis Vuitton bag and counts Marc Jacobs as a BFF. So it seems only natural that Sofia Coppola would lend her artistic eye to fashion houses like Dior, who called on her to direct Natalie Portman in a charming Miss Dior Cherie ad soundtracked by "Je T'aime ... Moi Non Plus." Coppola switched it up with the lanquid tones of Bryan Ferry's "Avalon" for her latest campaign, the Marrakech-set Marni for H&M film starring British actress Imogen Poots.



3. Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann, Nicole Kidman ... what could go wrong? Billed as the world's most expensive commercial, 2004's "No. 5: The Film" is a three-minute vignette that sees the redhead playing an actress who escapes into actor Rodrigo Santaro's muscular arms. Smart girl.



4. Frank Miller

The Sin City co-director brought his graphic film noir edge to his 2010 ad for Gucci Guilty, which sees Evan Rachel Wood having her wicked way with Chris Evans. Some girls have all the luck.




5. Kathryn Bigelow

After the nail-biting tension of The Hurt Locker, we don't blame Oscar-winning Bigelow one bit for hightailing it to the beach with hunky surfer Danny Fuller for Chanel's 2012 Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme campaign.




6. Spike Jonze

Finding out your favorite store is closed sucks. Finding out your favorite store is closed via a gleefully anarchistic commercial that shows a car crashing through a Gap rocks. Kudos to Gap for calling on the madcap genius of Jonze to announce its 2005 remodels--though we still can't suppress the urge to snap a hanger in half when we're shopping for khakis. And let's not forget Jonzes' Levi's commercial, in which an ER patient and his docs break out into "Tainted Love."




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