Benicio Del Toro recites Candidate by Joy Division
Benicio Del Toro recites Candidate by Joy Division

NEW YORK, Feb 19, 2009 / FW/ — Academy-Award winning actor Benicio del Toro takes up the torch from Dennis Hopper as the star of CHE read Joy Division’s poem “The Candidate” during the G-Star Raw Fall 2009 runway presentation last Tuesday, February 17.

A big supporter of film and art, G-Star started incorporating poetry in its catwalk shows last February 2008 when Dennis Hopper became the first ever Raw Icon. With Benicio del Toro, the chemistry between the brand and the actor became apparent in 2008, when G-Star supported Steven Soderbergh’s film project ‘CHE’. The shared passion for film and art, as well as the mutual appreciation for each other’s talent, authenticity and aesthetic proved to be a perfect match.

Wearing a tailor-made G-Star, Benicio del Toro recited, as spoken word poetry, the lyrics of Joy Division’s song ‘Candidate’. G-Star chose the song based on its connection to the film Control from renowned Dutch photographer/director Anton Corbijn, who curated G-Star’s Spring 2009 advertising campaign. Del Toro’s art intervention transitioned the show from traditional catwalk to a G-Star finale.

Sitting front row were Micha Barton, Zoe Saldana, Rufus Wainwright, Natascha Beddingfield, Demian Bichir, Santiago Cabrero, Alexandra Richards, Anton Corbijn (photographer new G-Star campaign), Toby Kebbell (actor in Anton Corbijns’s film Control and in G-Star campaign), Emmanuelle Beart, Brandon Veta, Nate Parker and wife Sarah Parker, Miss J. Alexander, Matt Prokop, Alexandra Daddario, Nola Gerard Funk, Liam McMullan, Val Emmich, Amanda Setton, Robert Verdi, Lindsay Frimodt, Raven O, Michael Cohen, Laura Bickford, David Garrett, Shenae Grimes, Danielle Panabaker, Rodrigo Santoro, Tyson Beckford and guest Shabina

Photos courtesy of G-Star Raw