Let These Bizarre David Lynch-Directed Commercials Be Your New Obsession

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From Jil Sander to Adidas, he's done it all

It's undeniable that David Lynch is one of the most brilliant—albeit strangest—directors of all time. From Blue Velvet to Mulholland Drive to Twin Peaks, he's lent his surrealist lens to both the silver screen and television.

But what many of his fans may not be aware of—especially those who are just catching on Lynch since the Twin Peaks reboot—is that Lynch has also contributed his vision to plenty of TV commercials and ads. And many of them, oddly enough, are for some of fashion and beauty's biggest brands. (Okay, and Barilla Pasta too).

We rounded up some of Lynch's best (and weirdest) ads from the early '90s up until the present day. Check them out, below.

Yves Saint Laurent Opium Perfume Commercial

Perfume ads—particularly TV commercials—are known for being pretty dramatic, but it doesn't get much more (weirdly) dramatic than this 1992 commercial for Yves Saint Laurent's Opium perfume. Not to mention, the soundtrack closely resembles that of a Twin Peaks score.

The Wall by Adidas Commercial

Many of us may find running hellish, but probably not as hellish as this Lynch-directed Adidas commercial from 1993. Fire Run With Me?

The Instinct Of Life Jil Sander Commercial

Is it just us, or are you catching major Lost Highway vibes from this wonderfully weird Lynch-directed ad for Jil Sander's Background fragrance?

Dior presents Lady Blue Shanghai

In 2010, Lynch directed this trippy short film Lady Blue Shanghai for Dior, starring Marion Cotillard. Fog machine-enveloped handbags, a ghostly soundtrack, and thematic references to Lynch's film Inland Empire? This might be the strangest fashion film we've ever seen.

Rouge Louboutin Campaign Film

In 2014, legendary shoe designer Christian Louboutin released his first-ever nail polish, Rouge Louboutin, with a bottle design resembling the classic red-soled pump. To back up the announcement, Lynch created a short film featuring the new polish using 3-D animation, a rarity for the director. But what's even surprising, this wasn't the only time Lynch and Louboutin have worked together. Back in 2007, the two collaborated on a fetish-inspired exhibition featuring Louboutin's designs erotically photographed by Lynch, and more recently in 2016—right before the announcement of the Twin Peaks reboot—the TV series served as the inspiration behind Louboutin's fetish-inspired handbag design called Shoe Peaks.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.