We blame Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All you have to do is mention the title of this iconic film and what springs to mind? Audrey Hepburn in a Little Black Dress, indulging her unrequited longing for anything made by a certain New York jeweller: in short, an image that has been immortalised the world over as the epitome of style.
In the long and illustrious history of cinema, there are countless movies that live on in our hearts and minds long after the credits have rolled. And that’s largely because of the impact they have had on the way we dress – or perhaps more accurately, the characters we would like to be.
In Factory Girl, style icon Sienna Miller channelled troubled socialite Edie Sedgwick, who became just as iconic for her blonde Twiggy-style crop, black liquid eyeliner and marinière tops as her presence at Andy Warhol’s achingly hip The Factory in 1960’s New York.
While The Devil Wears Prada was more focused on exposing the fashion industry and the power of magazine editors to dictate the trends, it was still very much about the clothes and accessories and their own powers of seduction.
Speaking of seduction, Sex and the City: The Movie defied the critics and was incredibly successful, not for its flimsy plotline, but for the endless fashion inspiration SJP’s Carrie Bradshaw and her fellow girls about town provided to style-hungry women everywhere.
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby appealed to lovers of men’s and women’s fashion alike, with its romanticised view of author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s roaring 20s, with glittering costumes and opulent sets imagined by the incredibly talented Catherine Martin and her team (with a little help from Miuccia Prada herself.)
But it’s not just women’s fashion that’s catered to in popular movies. Way back in 1980, all of American Gigolo Richard Gere’s outfits were designed by another Italian, Giorgio Armani. It is widely considered to be the most successful brand promotion on film of all time, and the movie that launched the designer’s career.
And now, Mr Porter, the online retail destination for men’s style and member of the stratospherically successful NET-A-PORTER.COM stable, has announced a fashion collaboration with the newly-releasedKingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn (X Men: First Class), to create a bespoke collection based on costume designer Arianne Phillips’ creations.
Starring the always dapper Colin Firth, according to movie bible imdb.com Kingsman: The Secret Servicetells the tale of a spy organisation that recruits an uncouth but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
The collection will include everything from tailored suiting, shirts and ties to watches, spectacles and even key rings and umbrellas, allowing fans of the movie (or indeed Mr Firth, who is regularly described as the thinking woman’s crumpet) to inhabit almost every aspect of the character. And why not? It’s almost as much fun as being a spy yourself. And a very well-dressed one at that.