Marc Jacobs has once again made the case that he’s fashion’s most
fun (tragic, no one is doing Flash Mobs anymore) designer when he proposed to his boyfriend Char Defrancesco, via a flash mob in a Chipotle, Marc Jacobs choice for the proposal.
If you follow Marc Jacobs instagram, you’ve no doubt spotted Defrancesco on his feed, the designer has posted a seemingly endless amount of grams of their jet-setting, often beach side life together, which seems to be full of “gags” (tragicness) like the Chipotle proposal. But besides the obvious – a sense of humour (Ha!) a set of chiselled abs and a ‘cookie cutter gay‘ sleeve tattoo, there isn’t too much out there about Marc Jacobs New fiancé, begging the question:
Who the Bloody Hell is Char Defrancesco?
For starters, his name is Charly Defrancesco, though only Jacobs seems to call him that. It’s unclear when they first met or started dating, though Jacobs, who’s 54, split up with his previous partner, the adult film star and model Harry Louis, in 2013, and began publicly hanging with Defrancesco in late 2015; after they spent New Year’s Eve together, it wasn’t long before Char Char was on social-media-declaring Jacobs his new
inheritance / back up plan “bae.”
Long before that though Charly Defrancesco whose native tongue is French, grew up partially in Switzerland where his parents owned a boarding school. The family relocated to America when he was three years old, Char spent most of his teenage and adult life in L.A. Being the on-trend ‘Bae‘ that he is, Defrancesco opened a men’s clothing store targeting “hip and trendy dads” – unfortunately the GFC hit and the global economy crashed, hip and trendy dads had bigger shit to worry about than socks. Char did however have some luck with modeling in New York before heading back West to be a bar tender; he also went through a messy breakup prompting a new career pivot into candle making….hmmmmm
Char Char Defrancesco spoke to Fashion Week Daily about his new candle line, featuring interesting names such as Bougie Candle by Char Defrancesco. Apparently Candles are really hard to make (check YouTube, you can make one in your microwave – takes 3 minutes..) so he currently only has two candle scents, again with interesting names – Lit and Bae – (big gay eye roll)
After Defrancesco became the new jet-set partner to Marc Jacobs, website Gay Star News posted a story titled “14 Times Marc Jacobs and his Boyfriend Flew by Private Jet and We Wept.” They spend a lot of time in Paris but also make forays to St. Barths which is where he and Jacobs teamed up with a few friends to quite impressively re-create the “orange mocha frappuccino” scene from Zoolander.
For the record, Char Char said they make “silly videos” because they’re just having fun, not because of you know….drugs – COUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Dig into Defrancesco’s amateur videography and you’ll find a clip of RuPaul’s Drag Race queens lip-synching to “Big Spender” from Sweet Charity, which he organized as Jacobs’s Christmas gift. He made a brief appearance in front of the camera last year when he played an extra on the Netflix series Sense8 – No no, not Porn. You’re terrible – stop it.
Before Char’s life in the fashion fast lane, he was an
escort model who seemed to specialise only in underwear. A quick stalk of his instagram shows that he still thinks he is a model and tells his followers about his amazing new life, plus daily updates about what he loves in life such as skiing, wakeboarding, yoga and trips to Equinox Gym (probably 3 times a day)
Personally to me, he looks about as interesting as 2 dead sticks.
Since dating Marc Jacobs Char has naturally moved more into fashion, his initial reaction to Marc Jacobs ‘dad sneakers’ for example, was “Those are the ugliest effing sneakers I’ve ever seen” but of course has transitioned to “These are the ugliest effing sneakers I’ve ever seen, I need them in every single colour.” Sitting front row with Jacobs at what was surprisingly the designer’s first-ever Chanel show Char now counts models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell as friends (I reckon Naomi Campbell would be anyone’s friend)
Defrancesco has settled into his ‘Lady of Leisure’ lifestyle with ease, living the high life in Jacobs New York townhouse located in the West Village. The new couple are often seen at red carpet events in New York, usually with a green organic juice or vape in tow. Vaping is just one of the couple’s mutual loves: they also share an appreciation for tattoos, Ru-Pauls Drag Race, Balenciaga, Dogs and #MalePolish ……………… Male Polish? No Thank You.