Sunday, August 12, 2007

Part 2: Frugal Tips from GQ's List of 25 Most Stylish Films

Classic Hollywood films have great tips on dressing well without spending a fortune. That's the insight I acquired after reading "The 25 Most Stylish Films of All Time," by GQ magazine. A little while ago, I featured the first half of the list, here's the rest.
How to Steal a Million, director: William Wyler 1966
Stars: Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn
Style Tip: Excellent fit makes you look like a million.
Due to precise fit, even in a bathrobe O'Toole looked "suave." Here's the style verdict from GQ:

"He looks so fluidly elegant, you almost--almost--don't notice his magnetic costar Audrey Hepburn dressed head to toe in Givenchy." --GQ

In the Mood for Love, director: Wong Kar-Wai 2000
Stars: Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung
Style tip: Hair and attitude matter.

The characters wore beautiful suits and traditional Chinese qipaos, but their hair and attitude grabbed even more attention.

The Harder They Come, director: Perry Henzell 1973
Star: Jimmy Cliff
Style Tip: You don't need a big budget to look good.

As a classic reggae film, the movie was shot on "an extremely tight budget."
  • The cast wore clothes from their own closets.

  • "Cheap local stores" in Jamaica provided additional garments.

  • The film's costume designer imitated high-end fashion by buying a black fake-leather jacket and a fake alligator skin cap.

Also Mentioned:

Blowup, director: Michelangelo Antonioni 1966

Godfather II director: Francis Ford Coppola 1974

Ocean's 11, director: Lewis Milestone 1960


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