nextooze.com was on the scene at Roosevelt Field Mall this past weekend for a very special appearance by Twilight Star Kellan Lutz. He joined Abbot + Main co-designer and founder of Dylan George, Danny Guez, at Bloomingdale’s to introduce shoppers to the Spring 2012 collection’s of Dylan George and Abbot + Main, available for the first time at the luxury retailer. “Dylan George allows my freedom and creativity to come together, blending my passion for art and respect for commerce. This is a lifestyle brand that draws its essence from Europe, but is clearly stamped in California,” Danny Guez said of the line.
Hundreds of ecstatic fans and customers lined up and anxiously waited for their turn to meet and have their photo taken with Lutz. He also signed autographs and gave out plenty of hugs. The charming star was the consummate crowd pleaser.
To kick off the event, the Bloomingdale’s team celebrated Lutz’s birthday, which was two days earlier on March 15th, by presenting him with a cake embellished with Abbot + Main t-shirt inspired decorations created by the hit TLC show, Cake Boss. The crowd was treated with matching Cake Boss cupcakes as they joined in to sing Happy Birthday to Lutz and presented him with cards and gifts.
We had the opportunity to speak with Kellan. Check out the highlights from our conversation:
Inspiration: As a former model, Kellan has always been interested in fashion and he learned a lot during his modeling career. He feels that really helped him to move onto the design of a fashion line. He just moved to Venice Beach and he loves the colors and the creativity of the people there. When he first created designs for the mens’ line, he would draw in his sketch pad, look to his own closet for fabrics, and ask the designers “I like this, what is it?” In creating this line, it was very important that he stayed true to himself. He is a t-shirt and jeans kind of person, so that was the perfect pairing between Dylan George and Abbot + Main. He never knew there was so much to know about different kinds of fabrics and materials. (The clothing is incredibly soft, comfortable and light- just what is needed in a surfing community like Venice Beach).
On releasing the womens’ line, he explained it was very different for him to design womens’ clothing being a man. He didn’t really know anything about designing clothing for women. The womens’ line is much brighter and bolder than the mens’- different color blue for example.
Kellan’s favorite piece in the new collection is the V neck shirt (he was wearing one in green for St. Patrick’s Day during the interview). He also tweeted to fans to wear green to Bloomingdale’s as well. He loves how you can dress them up with a sports coat or down with jeans (he was wearing a sports coat with his). They’re so versatile.
How did Kellan come up with the concept for the Abbot + Main promotional video?
Fans can view the video and photos here (http://www.abbotandmain.com/) with Kellan and Russian Model, Anne V (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Vyalitsyna).
Kellan credited the concept of the video to the photographer, Yu Tsai. Kellan first worked with him early in his modeling career and he really enjoyed having the opportunity to work with him again six years later, now that he is a well-known photographer. Kellan said what made the video was the model’s personality and her ability to be able to sell the clothing in one shot. He has also learned that it is very different to convey something as a model in one shot versus a scene as an actor.
Immortals just came out on DVD! Kellan told nextooze.com that he hasn’t seen it yet on DVD. He really wanted to be involved in this project because it was such a great cast (Henry Cavill, Frieda Pinto, Mickey Rourke) and also because he has always wanted to play a Greek god. Originally he tried out for two other roles, but then they called him for Poseidon, which he hadn’t even thought about.
While we were on the subject of Poseidon, we told him there has been talk among fans about Kellan playing the role of “Finnick Odair” (from Fishing District 4 of Panem) from The Hunger Games trilogy (first appearing in Catching Fire–Book 2), so would this be something he’d be interested in? Kelland siad he loves The Hunger Games books and would definitely throw his name in for the role.
Kellan’s most recent project, Java Heat, was filmed in Indonesia and he describes it as being a beautiful country. What he loved about this film is that it’s not CGI, but live action and things are actually blowing up over your head. Also, he got the opportunity to work with Mickey Rourke again (Immortals co-star). After Java Heat wrapped, he took some vacation time and went to visit his family.
Any updates on Syrup’s release? How was it playing that character? Kellan said he actually just finished ADR for Syrup, but not sure if it’s done yet. He is hoping for it to get to some film festivals. Since his character “Sneaky Pete” doesn’t really speak at all during the film, he explained it was challenging to play a character wearing sunglasses all the time, while trying to be expressive. He really enjoyed spending the summer in NYC and he really enjoyed his time off from filming.
He filmed Syrup early last summer and he was commenting how it takes so long between him filming a movie to it actually coming out. I mentioned that Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 promotion will begin in a few short months and he said it’s so funny to be going to do promotion for it, because they finished it so long ago (April 2011) and the first half came out back in November.