Women’s Wear Daily and Los Angeles Times.
PARIS — Anthony Delon is a great believer in second chances.
The actor and son of French screen legend Alain Delon has had his share of tough breaks. A staple of French celebrity gossip magazines, he is ready to write a new chapter with the relaunch of his namesake line of leather jackets, which enjoyed a successful but brief run in the Eighties.
The Anthony Delon 1985 collection, featuring jackets for men and women inspired by classic movies, is set to go on sale exclusively at the Printemps de l’Homme department store in Paris on January 18. The pop-up shop will remain open for three months.
“I decided to keep ‘1985’ in the name to bring me luck second time around,” said Delon, explaining that he was forced to halt the original line after two years due to problems with his business partner. This time around, he has joined forces with a friend of 20 years with experience in the luxury sector.
Embroidered on the clothes’ tags, alongside the founding year of the label, is the Japanese proverb: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Delon, who in his young wild days had run-ins with the law, said it reflects his resilience and belief that each hurdle crossed is a learning experience.
“Is it planetary, is it the context — who knows? You have to wonder, because sometimes all the lights are red, and other times, they are all green,” the 53-year-old mused.
This time around, all the chips appear to be falling into place. Delon developed the line in record time, presenting the first prototypes last year with a celebrity-filled party at Paris multibrand store Montaigne Market, less than five months after deciding to revive the project.