By: Evan Arroyo By: Evan Arroyo | October 12, 2021 |
Having designed countless private and public collections, Franklin Eugene has cemented his status as a go-to fashion designer. He’s a well-rounded businessman with links to the fashion industry, film production, and other outstanding work in the philanthropy and charity realms. While he’s more known for his work in the fashion industry, Franklin has received acclaim for his activism and filmmaking.
“Love, Gilda” is a documentary feature film that Franklin co-produced in 2018. It told the story of famous American comedian Gilda Radner. This film went on to be nominated for multiple Emmys and win numerous awards in the television and film industry. Another famous movie Franklin was involved in was “The Shepherd,” a movie set in Hungary that showed life in the country during the Holocaust. Franklin became an assistant producer for the 2021 period movie entitled “Il Moro – The Moor,” a film centered on the first black Western European head of state, Alessandro de’ Medici. He was the first Duke of Florence in 1530.
In addition to Franklin’s involvement in the movie industry, he has a passion for fashion design. Through his website, he shares his rich collection of luxurious, fashionable clothes and other items. One of his collections is called the Tribute Collection, which he used to help people from India and the Middle East. A portion of the sales from this collection went to charities in those countries and regions.
Because of his work as a film producer, Franklin has attended some major red carpet events. When attending these functions, he often receives a lot of attention due to his unique taste and takes on men's formal and corporate fashion.
For his Palazzo del Cinema 2016 global debut, Franklin wore a stunning tuxedo dinner jacket which he designed himself. This aquamarine jacket raised some eyebrows but got glowing feedback from the fashion enthusiasts in show business. The following year, he wore an off-white tuxedo jacket which again showed his individuality and style which impressed a lot of people around the world.
With an undeniable love for classic Hollywood glitz and glamour, Franklin often wears his own designs to pay homage to this era. He wears outfits that are menswear standards designed and styled with little extra pop, like the black tuxedo he wore to the Venice Film Festival in 2019. The design for this tuxedo is something only Franklin can pull off: it had an eight-button cuff, sported his strong signature cut, and featured a boutonniere he designed.
Another head-turning design of Franklin’s is the half-back suit and “shirtless shirt” that can be seen here. He stunned everyone by wearing this design on the Sala Grande red carpet at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, his first appearance since the pandemic. He is wearing a shirt that he designed to only be detected by the French cuffs at the wrists. While the outfit was not appreciated by everyone who prefers a collar, Mr. Eugene noted “I am glad I have had the opportunity to bring both color and my own sense of style and self to some very special red carpet moments.”
Franklin’s advice to aspiring fashion designers is to work with strength, diligence, and dedication. His success in the fashion world and the film industry, as seen in his rich filmography in IMDB and his Instagram page, proves this formula is effective. Franklin does not like revealing his future plans and instead wants his success to do the talking for him.