Unpack the curious friendship of Jeremy Strong and Frank Ocean

Actor Jeremy Strong arrived at the 2023 Met Gala last Monday, as he usually wears, in brown — namely, a Prada waistcoat in the same light tone as the Medjool date. Under the collar of his pale green frilly shirt, nestled in the ruffles, was a spiked amulet the color of a tennis ball. A distinctive shade of neon blue that Met Gala followers or Frank Ocean fans may be familiar with, because it’s the same shade of blue as the weird robotic baby. that Ocean brought to Met two years ago. Shapes can also be a gift: The pendant with the orb dot is the signature of Ocean’s enigmatic luxury jewelry brand Homerthat the elusive singer founded in 2021. (Ocean wore a similar diamond-covered “spherical foot” piece for that Met 2021, which Drake later purchased. for $1.9 million.)

Jeremy Strong, method heir stars, wearing a necklace designed by Frank Ocean, a misunderstood (and sometimes stubborn) creator, to the Fashion Olympics? One of their fan bases might be the first to tell you this makes sense. It even, like the actor himself can put itmeaningful thrilling.

“I chose this piece because I love what Frank represents as an artist and as a man. Authenticity, boldness, art,” says Strong GQ by email this week. “I was on the plane back from LA on Sunday and realized I wanted to wear it with what Prada had designed for me so I contacted him. I felt that was the missing keystone.”

Jeremy Strong at the 2023 Met Gala.

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As he said, clothes were an integral part of Strong’s drama practice. much, much time. For HBO TV series heirthe actor worked with costume designer Michelle Matland to decide How should his character, Kendall Roy, dress?. He also has a personal style that mostly involves wearing brown clothes, the color he has. describe as “a metaphor for the rest of my life” and “abbey opulence.” Even in fashion, theory is never left behind. Referring to Ocean’s brand name, Strong said in his email: “In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus says, ‘My Name Is Nobody.’ For me, that is the beginning of all creative work.” (A representative for Ocean declined to comment for this story.)

Turns out, Jeremy and Frank have been best friends for a long time. Most recently, viewers spotted Strong watching from the artists’ VIP section in Ocean’s split at Coachella last month. But it goes even further: In 2020, Strong says Diversity that the musician texted him a crying face emoji after watching heir episode in which Kendall performed the sensational rap “L to the OG” in honor of his father Logan’s big company anniversary. IN his march GQ cover storyStrong describes how working with Ocean on a creative project a few years ago paid off a limited number of t-shirts and posters for Ocean’s Blonded multimedia clothing brand, featuring a motif of Strong wearing a vest as “The President”. Similar president motif decoration Homer . storefront on the Bowery in Manhattan; it also appears, if you look closely, on Posters because PrEP+ dance parties that Ocean organizes in New York in 2019.


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