When Fashion And Film Collide

Lead singers, advertising campaigns and well-dressed footballers aren’t the only things that can spark fashion revolutions. When it comes to style inspiration, nothing’s more exciting than when fashion and film collide.

Remember Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, and Colin Firth’s subsequent rise as a style icon? Brands were quick to declare that they had slim-fit suits, shirts and woven ties ‘as seen in the film’. Or when Ryan Gosling went hell for leather in Drive and made that blouson iconic? Never before had an embroidered silk jacket felt so appealing.

That’s the magic of cinema. A stylish character that’s beyond cool can leave you feeling under the influence. 2015 is laced with films set to do the same; the mix of well-dressed characters has never been so diverse.

So, to give you a head start, we’ve pulled together the films, and their characters, that will be moulding your dress code over the next twelve months.

1. Inherent Vice

What’s not to love about a film that’s set in 1970s Los Angeles? Inherent Vice is blue skies, palm trees, fantastic sunglasses and a reminder that flares can actually look quite cool – all covered off in one stylish swoop.

Joaquin Phoenix, the king of making any character look slick, plays the lead alongside Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin. The Oscar tapped film will leave you wanting to purchase the entire costume wardrobe.

We Recommend: Topman Design’s SS15 collection will help perfect that 1970s Venice Beach hippie look.

Inherent Vice

2. Kingsman: The Secret Service

Even if you hate wearing suits, this well-dressed British thriller will leave you wanting to throw yourself into one. Colin Firth, Michael Caine and the young Brit actor Taron Egerton play members of a very stylish secret service – and that’s all we know so far.

The double-breasted suits, polished monk-straps and stiff collared shirts will leave you wanting to pay a visit to your tailor, stat.

We Recommend: Mr Porter has collaborated on the costumes with stylist Arianne Phillips and will launch a shoppable capsule collection mid-January.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

3. Life

Robert Pattinson plays Dennis Stock, an American photographer who spent a summer shooting James Dean (played by Prada campaign front man Dane DeHaan).

Any film focused on the iconic Dean is bound to be a fashion fan’s visual dream, and from what we’ve seen, this is most certainly the case with Life. Directed by Anton Corbijn, this film will instigate a resurgence of Dean-inspired dressing. Expect biker jackets, double-breasted pea coats and Harringtons galore.

We Recommend: A serious leather biker jacket is key to the look. Invest in an authentic brand like Matchless or Schott NYC for a timeless and hard wearing piece of kit.

Life Film starring Robert Pattinson

4. Legend

Tom Hardy playing both of the Kray brothers will be worth watching for those performances alone, but Legend is also worth checking out for the costume. This is another film that’s a lesson in getting the ‘British gangster’ look, but its more 1950s and 1960s East London rather than anything Guy Ritchie-related.

Double-breasted suits, Crombie jackets, tie-clips and side partings so slick your hair doesn’t move for days are all key.

We Recommend: British heritage brand Hackett have got this look sorted.

Legend Film starring Tom Hardy

5. Terminator Genisys

Okay, don’t laugh, but Arnie’s biker jacket in the original Terminator movies has long been a reference point in the world of menswear.

For 2015 he’s back, with ex Dr. Who actor Matt Smith as his co-star. If anything, the reboot of this popular franchise is a succinct lesson in how to wear all-black everything.

We Recommend: Go for brands that do darker shades well if you want try the look yourself – Givenchy, AllSaints and Lanvin are a good starting place.

Terminator Genisys