2015: most stylish films
By Will Morley, 26 December 2015
Even with Colin Farrell frumping it up in The Lobster and Depp going bald for Black Mass, there’s still been an abundance of strong men’s style on screen this year, thanks mostly to a wealth of espionage movies. Your Bonds, your U.N.C.L.E.s (men from) and your Kingsmen have all been impeccably clothed, and suitably booted to save the world. But it’s not all participants of the spy game rocking some choice looks this year – exploring other genres will also garner some tip-top outfit ideas.
With Pharrell on duty as executive producer and A$AP Rocky in the cast, its no wonder Dope (out on DVD/Blu-Ray now via Sony Home Entertainment) had some seriously slick style. The story of three 90s hip-hop obsessed kids caught up in world of drug deals, Bitcoin scams and forlorn teen angst was not only one of the best films of the year, but also managed to deliver its anti-prejudice message without being overly preachy. Soundtracked by the Digital Underground, Nas and A Tribe Called Quest among others, it had a high pedigree of old-school cool topped by Shameik Moore’s flat-top hairdo, high-waisted pants and Fresh Prince-esque printed shirts. Also, can we talk about his dance routine during the end credits? FYI, it was fly.
OK, so we said look further than the spy genre, but we can’t help but love Spy. Melissa McCarthy has been seemingly working overtime to rubbish her star turn in Bridesmaids with a host of forgettable crap, but this film was bang on, which was mostly down to the supporting cast. Peter Serafinowicz was bordering on genius as a slimy Italian agent, but it was Jason Statham doing his best impersonation of Jason Statham who stole the show. The prerequisite secret service turtleneck was, of course, on point (and was even parodied in the movie poster) when paired with slim-fit blazers, but it was Stath’s trench coat, tweed cap and backpack look that really caught our eye. It seems incognito is the way to go.
While it didn’t quite spark a gothic revival, Guillermo Del Toro’s period ghost story was as stylishly costumed as it was shot. Tom Hiddleston’s deathly white pallor and whippet-thin physique were the perfect showcase for black silk scarves, leather gloves and velvet smoking jackets – he was like a real-life Jack Skellington – but it was Charlie Hunnam’s outfit that was most applicable to current trends. Acting-wise, Hunnam seemed a bit lost up against Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, but that was easy to ignore when he turned up wearing an oversized, box-fit, camel overcoat that looked like it had been nabbed from Kanye’s private collection.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Along with Rebecca Ferguson in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Ronda Rousey in Furious 7, Charlize Theron as Furiosa in Fury Road showed that action doesn’t have to have an X and Y chromosome. Despite it possibly being the best film of the year, fan boys huffed there wasn’t enough of Mad Max or his V8 Interceptor, but at least the iconic leather jacket was still there – battered, thrashed and trashed. You don’t have to tie yourself to the front of a monster truck to weather your own leather – take a cue from Max Rockatansky and don’t be so precious about it. Creases and nicks will all add to the item’s ID and create its own history.
As entertaining as it was, Legend never quite lived up to the movie it could have been, despite being a two-for-one performance from Tom Hardy. Being set in the 60s meant we got the standard sharp tailored suits and horn-rimmed glasses but, thanks to the Kray Twins ostentatious nature and love of showing off their wealth, Legend also had license to go a little further with the period details. Precision-placed tie pins, French cuffed shirts with snazzy cufflinks and gleaming pinky rings showed that being proper naughty can make you look diamond.