Let’s Unpack Jeremy Strong and Frank Ocean’s Curious Friendship

The actor Jeremy Robust arrived on the 2023 Met Gala final Monday sporting, as he usually does, the colour brown—particularly, a Prada night coat the identical sheeny hue as a Medjool date. Underneath the collar of his frilly pale inexperienced shirt, nestled towards the ruffles, lay a spiky talisman the colour of a tennis ball. A selected shade of neon inexperienced that to aware Met Gala watchers or Frank Ocean followers may need appeared acquainted, as a result of it’s the identical inexperienced because the uncanny robotic child that Ocean dropped at the Met two years prior. The form, too, may have been a giveaway: The orb-dotted pendant is a signature of Ocean’s mysterious luxurious jewellery model Homer, which the elusive chanteur based in 2021. (Ocean wore an analogous diamond-covered “sphere legs” piece to that 2021 Met, which Drake later bought for $1.9 million.)

Jeremy Robust, the tactic Succession star, sporting a necklace designed by Frank Ocean, a fellow misunderstood (and oftentimes persnickety) artistic, to the style Olympics? Both of their fan bases may very well be the primary to let you know that this is sensible. It even, because the actor himself would possibly put it, makes sense dramaturgically.

“I selected the piece as a result of I really like what Frank stands for as an artist and a person. Authenticity, audacity, artistry,” Robust advised GQ through electronic mail this week. “I used to be on a aircraft again from LA on Sunday and realized I needed to put on it with what Mrs. Prada had designed for me so I reached out to him. I felt it was the lacking keystone.”

Jeremy Robust on the 2023 Met Gala.

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Clothes is integral to Robust’s dramatic apply, as he has mentioned many, many instances. For the HBO drama Succession, the actor labored with costume designer Michelle Matland to determine how his character, Kendall Roy, ought to gown. He additionally has a private model apply that primarily includes dressing in brown, a coloration he has described as being “a metaphor for the remainder of my life” and “monastic stylish.” Even in style, the theoretical isn’t far behind. Referring to the identify of Ocean’s model, Robust mentioned in his electronic mail: “In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus says, ‘My Identify Is No person.’ To me, that’s the starting of all artistic work.” (A consultant for Ocean declined to remark for this story.)

Because it seems, Jeremy and Frank have been buddies for a while now. Most just lately, onlookers noticed Robust watching from the artists’ VIP part throughout Ocean’s divisive set at Coachella final month. However it goes again additional than that: In 2020, Robust advised Selection that the musician texted him a crying face emoji after watching the Succession episode the place Kendall performs his arresting “L to the OG” rap in honor of his dad Logan’s huge enterprise anniversary. In his March GQ cowl story, Robust described collaborating with Ocean on a artistic mission just a few years in the past that resulted in a restricted run of T-shirts and posters for Ocean’s multimedia-apparel model Blonded, that includes a motif of a suit-wearing Robust as “the Chairman.” The identical Chairman motif decorates the facade of the Homer boutique on Bowery in Manhattan; it additionally seems, should you look intently, on the poster for the PrEP+ dance events Ocean hosted in New York in 2019.

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