It’s not a secret movies have always influenced fashion. This has been most prevalent with womenswear, but the men are catching on.
Over the weekend I watched “Crazy, Stupid, Love” for the 20th time. Although I love the premise of the movie and great cast, the main reason I watch it over and over is to admire Ryan Goslings bespoke suits!! I’ve had many clients request his look. Ryan’s character is just one example of where we can find inspiration from leading men.
My three favorite movies have always been Casablanca, Gone with The Wind and The Godfather. This has everything to do with Rick Blaine, Rhett Butler and Micheal Corleone.
When I was 8 yrs old, I remember watching GWTW for the first time and being fascinated with Rhett Butler. Clarke Gable’s portrayal of the charming, rugged, lothario amazed me! He also became my first “crush”. I loved everything about Rhett from his thick, black hair to his 3 piece suits adorned with an ascot.
Mens fashion in the late 1800’s were greatly influenced by European styles. Suits have come a long was since then. However, while proportions were much wider, longer and fuller than they are today, fashionistas should take note. There are many “take aways” from this movie.
How to replicate Rhett Butlers style:
- Perfect that naughty grin (like a Cheshire cat)
- Be a rebel- women like bad boys
- Confidence is key
- A good hair pomade and trim facial hair is essential
The 1942 classic romantic drama “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as the star-crossed lovers Rick and Ilsa, has inspired many. Set in exotic Morocco during World War II, much of the action takes place in expatriate Rick’s swanky nightclub.
- Rick’s iconic white dinner jacket paired with a crisp white shirt, black bowtie and slim-fitting black pants is a fabulous special occassion look. The other style he sports is a 40’s inspired suit underneath a belted, beige trench coat with a flipped up collar.
How to copy Rick’s look:
- A cream dinner jacket is an elegant way to stand out in a crowd
- Invest in a high quality, luxe raincoat
- Always defer to simplicity- dark suits and crisp white shirt and square
- Learn how to pour a stiff drink. Rick’s drink of choice: bourbon, champagne, cognac, whisky, wine and brandy
Michael Corleone’s 1970’s style is emphasized by the “power suit” (choose a 3 piece for extra respect). I love the addition of his black suspenders, a boutonnière and a pair of polished shoes. His perfectly tailored clothing adds height and bulk to Al Pacino’s diminutive frame. I have said it many, many times and I’ll say it again: Italians Do It Better! An italian suit is the ultimate sartorial selection. While I’m not a fan of black suits, I would look to Corleone’s dark monochromatic color scheme for inspiration.
Some details to remember
- Good hair products are essential
- A well tailored suit will make you look taller and more muscular
- 3 piece suits say “I’m a BOSS” or a Godfather
- Try an Italian suit, I promise it’s worth the money!
However, if you want to watch the single most stylish character in the movies, then look no further than Jep Gambardella. “The Great Beauty” is beautiful and haunting. But, the music, dancing, sexy Italian language and (most importantly) fashion are the reason to watch! Jep’s fashion is on fleek throughout the movie. Never a hair out of place. In one scene he’s wearing a bright canary yellow blazer with white slacks, no socks and loafers. While I was watching it, I realized “the man makes the clothing. The clothing doesn’t make the man.”
Jep is the guy every man wants to be, and the guy every girl wants to be with.
Watch the trailer and be inspired: