Fashion, as an artform, has always transcended the concept of time over the decades. A testament to this is the ever-repetitive way of how fashion finds its way back to the mainstream even after phasing off years before. This is also made true in movies; trends come and go, but real fashion is forever. From spy movies to genuine picturesque flicks, we narrowed down famous movies that would surely get your style game on.
- A Single Man (2009), Directed by Tom Ford
Photo: George (Colin Firth) with Carlos (Jon Kortajarena)
Photo: Kenny (Nicholas Hoult)
As Tom Ford’s debut as a movie director, he definitely made sure his musings as a designer were evident throughout the movie. Throughout the film, fashion is a subdued element: from Kenny’s (Nicholas Hoult) bold choices (like a corduroy jacket to complete his biker ensemble, or a white fluffy sweater matched with white pants for his light hued outfit) to George’s (Colin Firth) consistent and classic suit and tie combo, complete with black cap toe dress shoes to a tie bar.
- Skyfall (2012), Directed by Sam Mendes
Photo: Q (Ben Whishaw) with James Bond (Daniel Craig)
Photo: James Bond (Daniel Craig)
It’s no surprise that a Bond film made it in this list. As the 50th Anniversary film, Jany Temime’s exceptional styling for this movie skyrocketed this movie to a whole new level. While it’s expected that the movie is a walking catalogue of the Bond repertoire (the classic Omega watches and various suits ranging from Tom Ford to Mason Margiela), it only heightens the classic suit and tie Bond uniform that makes spy work classy and sophisticated, even with the nitty-gritty manual labor.
- Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Photo: Danny Ocean (George Clooney)
Photo: Saul Loom (Carl Reiner) with Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt)
Every member of Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) crew is set by an individual fashion style that makes the rat pack heist film iconic in its own way. Jeffrey Kurland, the costume designer for the movie, says that every piece of clothing in the movie was custom-made for each of the characters, ensuring the individuality of the wearer by the stride. From Danny’s open-button shirt and suit combo to Rusty’s (Brad Pitt) classic light grey suit and striped silk dress shirt, it was an exact mirror of the character’s personalities, which anyone should mimic in their own style statements as well.
- The Great Gatsby (2013), Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Photo: Jay Gatsby (Leonardo di Caprio)
Photo: Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki)
Luhrmann’s movie adaptation of the beloved Scott Fitzgerald novel was the buzz in 2003, where it won the Oscar for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. Well deserved, of course; it embodied the glitz and glamour the 1920’s is so famous for, from the classic flapper fashion (bobbed hairdo, rolled stocking, short skirts) to suit jackets and lapels.
- Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Photo: Harry Hart (Colin Firth) in Mr. Porter, Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) in Adidas
Photo: Merlin (Mark Strong) and Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) in Mr. Porter
The whole movie revolves around the quote “Manners Maketh Man”, and it surely delivers: Harry Hart (Colin Firth) explains it as being at ease at one’s own skin. He definitely makes it seem like the bespoke suits he wears are his second skin; with suits especially made by Mr. Porter, it’s hard not to look good during spy work. Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton), however, keeps it cool with an Adidas ensemble, from his iconic Jeremy Scott JS Plaque track suit to Adidas sneaker wings. The movie shows how you could have two fashion statements without ever changing your attitude, and that’s always a lifestyle to live by.
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Directed by Guy Ritchie
Photo: Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill), Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki), Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), Uncle Rudi (Sylvester Groth) and Alexander Waverly (Hugh Grant)
Photo: Illya Kuryakin, Gaby Teller and Napoleon Solo
At the height of the Cold War in the 1960’s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) work together to stop a criminal organization that aims to use nuclear weapons to tip the balance of both countries. Johanna Johnston, the film’s costume designer, says that her main inspiration for this spy film was ’67-’68 fashion. Ingrained in the film are hints of fashion, from Solo and Kuryakin’s discussions from Patou, Dior and Rabanne, to Victoria Vinciguerra’s monochromatic fashion choices, making the movie action-packed while still keeping it witty and posh on its stride.
“Fashion is a trend. Style lives within a person.” – Oscar de la Rento