Here GQwe did long memories Nicolas Cage as the leather-clad male god.
Since the 1990s Wild at Heart, in which he wears his own piece of snakeskin—“a symbol of me personally and my belief in individual freedom,” says his character Sailor Ripley—these jackets are a integral part of his style. The more bizarre, the better.
Even though he was relaxing in his tunic (black kung fu suit) the first time we hung out at his home in Las Vegas for us April cover story, Cage walked into our second interview at Antoine’s in New Orleans curling up in a fabulous emerald suede jacket. It’s elegant and bold, though relatively simple considering some of the pieces he’s recently spotted. Like the black leather jacket embroidered with cheetah, red piping and studs. Or the bubblegum pink leather covered with patches of elephant, poodle and angel wings. So naturally, I asked him about the coats.
“That’s how I spent my time between movies,” he said.
“Did you buy a coat?” I ask.
“I did do jacket,” he clarified.
The bubble pink jacket that he wore on the set The unbearable weight of mass talent and people assume it’s because of his character? “It’s not in the movie,” Cage said. “It was my own foolishness.” He saw the original pink coat and envisioned it as a canvas for various pieces, then turned it into reality.
I suggested to him that if all clothes were armor, in a sense the coat was the purest expression of that. “I like to have a sense of humour. And I also love the idea of wearing seasonal clothes, as a celebration of life,” Cage told me, thoroughly explaining his fashion philosophy.
“I see it as something that is both tragic and beautiful and humbling, and at the same time, a person who will make an effort to try to perform well, in the face of difficulty,” he continued. “Or: ‘Whatever happens, I’m going to wear that tie.’ Or: ‘I’ll still wear the shirt with those flowers. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around me, it won’t break me down. ‘”