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Trading Places: The Unexpected Style Icons Of 2020

From Jim Carey’s yellow pantsuit in The Mask to Indiana Jones’ ode to beige – we’re now dressing a lot like these unsung fashion heroes

Emma Firth | 13.01.2020

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Holly Golightly, Cher Horowitz, Scarlett O’Hara: When it comes to fashionable film characters, it’s likely these usual suspects will get a shout out. But what about the unsung style influencers on screen? More specifically, the male stars. With men’s fashion week AW20 in full swing, we’ve decoded some underrated looks from cinematic history that we’ll be emulating this year.

HELL FOR LEATHER

THE MUSE…

Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park (1993)

THE LOOK…

Sure, there’s been a lot of chat around Matrix-ifying our wardrobes of late, as the leather trend continues to ascend in 2020 (see Bottega Veneta, Givenchy and Coach). Though, can we all just for a second, to appreciate Jeff Goldblum’s contribution to proceedings, aka the man who was repping the black leather jacket six years before Neo - and decades before the street style set caught a whiff of it - whilst also fending off dinosaurs. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Goldblum is the underrated hero in this sartorial plotline. The ‘new-in’ update? Go faux and hit up brands such as Nanuska, ANOUKI and Matériel for luxurious vegan leather pieces. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Go vintage.


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THE DENIM DO-OVER

THE MUSE…

Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise (1991)

THE LOOK…

To quote Cameron Diaz: “I’m like every other woman: a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear. So I wear jeans.” Sure, Joan Collins might be allergic to them, but we’re having none of it. Denim is fashion’s comfort food par excellence; they’ll never let you down, get better with age and perfectly off-set our ever-expanding collection of OTT balloon-sleeved tops (aka the trend that will not die). For spring/summer 2020 the jean genies have descended to offer up even more denim options, from all manner of eras. Givenchy’s upcycled 90s jeans (reclaimed from a warehouse outside of Paris)? A soft bootcut silhouette (hello, Celine)? Innovative patchwork and high-waisted 80s-style fits a la Chanel and co? Take your pick. Then, for the mavericks amongst us, word has it that denim mules are cool again. Brace yourself.


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SUNNY D SUITING

THE MUSE…

Jim Carey in The Mask (1994)

THE LOOK…

Spider Man, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel: we could wax lyrical about the superhero suit. Although there’s one we’d suggest needs adding on to that list: Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask. A brief refresher: a nice guy (Jim Carey) stumbles across a magical mask that transforms him into a mischievous gangster - and also invigorates his wardrobe with a fresh supply of bold power suits in the process. One in particular is very Marc Jacobs SS20: the yellow co-ord. A colourful reinterpretation of Bianca Jagger’s most iconic of ensembles.


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TROPICOOL

THE MUSE…

Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona (1987)

THE LOOK…

It’s official: fashion has jungle fever. Designers from Dolce & Gabbana and Marni to Louis Vuitton and Versace (who could forget The Day J.Lo And That Green Dress Took Over Instagram) showed off their adventurous side for SS20. Unveiling a renewed zeal for palm tree prints, natural motifs and tropical colour palettes. For those who aren’t quite ready to don a head-to-toe jungle-leaf print dress, a loud and proud Hawaiian-style top chez Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona is a welcome trade off.


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50 SHADES OF BEIGE

THE MUSE…

Indiana Jones (1981)

THE LOOK…

You shudder at maximalism? Eschew look-at-me logos at all costs? And like to keep your wardrobe colour palette as fuss-free as possible? You’re in luck. Beige - the most inoffensive of shades – and favoured by the swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones, is enjoying a moment again. Think oversized shirts paired with Bermuda shorts, a la The Row SS20 girls, or sand-coloured trench coats as seen at Burberry and Junya Watanabe.


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