Let These Men Shape Your Look
You know the feeling when you watch a film and want to be the guy you see on screen? He’s cool, he’s got all the best lines and, most importantly, he’s dressed in a way the everyman could only dream of (and possibly does). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here at Manolo Men, we’ve had a look through GQ Magazine’s definitive list of the ’25 Most Stylish Films of All Time’ to bring you your brand new idols. Take a cue from the characters discussed here to make this year your most good-looking yet.
North by Northwest (directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1959). For chic smartness, nothing beats a suit. But this needn’t have you reaching for the black jacket and trousers and white shirt arrangement. Cary Grant’s character shows us another route to striking sophistication via the grey suit. Epitomising gentlemanly style, a pick from Hackett’s range of men’s suits is the way to go for the Hitchcock hero’s look, while the brand’s innovative twists will make it thoroughly appropriate today.
Shampoo (directed by Hal Ashby, 1975) received the following glowing review from GQ: “No film better captured the free-love fantasy that was LA in the 1970s.” With the legendary Warren Beatty talking the lead, that may come as no surprise, but the innovative way his character blends casual and smart is a style revelation. Reminiscing about the film, designer Tommy Hilfiger confided: “I wanted to be Warren Beatty. I wanted to be cruising around Beverly Hills on a motorcycle with a pair of jeans and a tuxedo shirt.” Of course, a look like this takes confidence and the right attitude to pull off, but there are other ways to work this hybrid style: smart outerwear can bring up the tone of any trouser and T-shirt combination – be inspired by Cerruti 1881′s Fall 2013-14 collection.
Purple Noon (directed by René Clément, 1960) provides another perfect blend of smart and casual via khaki colour schemes, shirts with rolled-up sleeves and loafers worn with sockless feet. Set against a beautiful Mediterranean backdrop, this film’s leading man, Alain Delon, seems so effortlessly stylish you won’t be able to resist browsing the SS 2013 men’s fashions with new-found appreciation of light-hearted patterns and laid-back fabrics in your heart.