STYLE AND CULTURE
3 LOOKS FROM 2019 OSCAR FILMS
By Matt Glazebrook, 19 February 2019
It’s the Academy Awards again this weekend, which means its time to get your predictions in for the winner of the most important Oscars category (slash the one we’ve just made up): Best style from a screenplay that can be adapted for everyday wear. Here are the nominees...
Spike Lee joints always come with a strong side order of sartorialism alongside the political punches, and 70s-set true-crime comedy-drama BlacKkKlansman is no exception. Early on in the flick, rookie Colorado cop Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) asks to transfer to the undercover division – escaping the harassment of his bigoted deskmates and getting to wear some seriously sweet non-official issue garms in the process. Wide collars, suede and denim jackets, printed shirts, tonal colour palettes and lots of roll-necks – Stallworth’s blaxploitation-era ‘fits are an ideal jumping-off point for a contemporary refresh of 70s steez.
Green Book’s take on race relations is more conventional Oscar-bait material than BlacKkKlansman’s, but its vintage outfit-wearing ensemble cast is equally righteous. Mahershala Ali’s dapperly suited pianist takes centre stage, but Viggo Mortensen, as his driver, delivers more casual early-60s inspiration – in the form of revere collar shirts in muted hues, worn over crisp white tees.
A Star Is Born
Lady Gaga plays the titular star here, but director/co-lead Bradley Cooper’s westernwear wardrobe leads a strong supporting cast. Channel self-destructive country singer Jackson Maine’s outlaw troubadour-chic in a black, western-style overshirt and washed black jeans (Levi’s, obvs). Suede ankle boots are an everyday alternative to the full cowboy kicks, while a bandana and studded belt provide some subtly rock’n’roll finishing touches.