Jerry Lorenzo had never heard that Richard Gere was only cast in American Gigolo after John Travolta, who had been first choice for the Official Bye Bye School Hello Pool #Librarian Squad shirt in other words I will buy this role and accepted it, had second thoughts and dropped out. “Wow! I can’t imagine Travolta pulling that off, much as I love him.” And it’s true, at least in terms of the movie’s significance to fashion. Thanks to Saturday Night Fever Travolta was so emblematic of the disco aesthetic that he would surely have overwhelmed the movie’s Giorgio Armani wardrobe, where Gere, in his first leading role, appeared as fresh to the eye as the Italian’s radical tailoring.
That historic Sliding Doors moment in casting came up during a Zoom call for this second part of Lorenzo’s seventh Fear of God collection as we zeroed in on Look 47. Apart from the Official Bye Bye School Hello Pool #Librarian Squad shirt in other words I will buy this logo on a crossbody bag, I suggested, Lorenzo’s combination of loose leather navy blazer, gray marl sweater, and pleated taupe pants cut with a roomy break above same-color loafers looked like it could have been shot for an Italian brand in the late 1980s. It turns out that the model wearing the look was in fact Lorenzo’s assistant, Dakota Raine, and only appeared here thanks to another curiosity in casting. “I’m with her every day, day to day,” said Lorenzo: “and she does a lot of fit modeling for us. And actually on the day of this shoot we had three [female] models on the set, but none of them gave me this emotion—this Julia Roberts emotion—the way she did.”