THE FALL‘s Mark E Smith has been approached by fashion guru Calvin Klein to model his latest outfits.
Smith is being considered along with Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon to represent Calvin Klein products after the designer was recently reported as saying: “I don’t think people are interested in models any more. Just a pretty face isn’t enough. I want musicians and young actors who are not necessarily that well known but have their own look.”
Garbage‘s Shirley Manson and Hole‘s Melissa Auf der Maur have already been recruited for modelling purposes by the fashion giant. They will appear on hoardings and in magazines in August to promote Klein‘s autumn collection, but it has not been confirmed when Gordon and Smith will appear.
A spokesman for Smith explained: “Calvin Klein‘s vice-president said he was really interested in Mark so we sent over a load of stuff about him. We’re waiting to hear what they want to do with him. I think they want to get people who are cool and interesting rather than perfect looking.” Klein approached Gaz Coombes from Supergrass three years ago to model his underwear, but the singer turned him down.
Meanwhile, Mark E Smith will appear alongside Nick Cave on June 20 at this year’s Meltdown Festival at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Smith will be taking part in ‘Sacred And Profane’, a celebration of the spoken word.