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Film Inspiration - A Single Man (2009)

Staring: Colin Firth, Juilanne Moore and Nicholas Hoult
Director: Tom Ford


When a film is directed by one of the most influential menswear designers of this century, you can expect fashion to be high on the agenda and the clothing in 'A Single Man' does not disappoint. From the opening credits there exhudes an essence of an essence of style that is the very definition of Ford's work, whilst following a succinct history of Sixies fashion.

Based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood, the film centres around a day in the life of college professor George Falconer (Firth). Following the death of his partner Jim, George sets about putting his affairs in orders before his planned suicide. The film presents a number of relationships; Charley (Moore), his best friend who remains deeply attracted to George despite his sexuality and Kenny (Hoult), a young student who is intrigued by the professor.

With Ford's background creating advertisements for Gucci and his own label, it is no coincidence that the film has breathtaking cinematography. 'A 100 minute commercial for men's cologne' as described by The Guardian.

Professor Chic
Tailoring in the 1960s was defined by narrow lapels and slim leg trousers, and this forms the basis of George's uniform worn throughout the film. A superbly fitted suit, a crisp white shirt and the immaculate details of a white handkerchief and tie pin are in fact simple basics, but pulled together are a sign of flawless style. Its worth investing in high quality basic items such as made-to-measure shirt that will create a timeless look.

Early Sixties Mod, Rockers & Beatniks
The laidback beatnik style of Kenny whilst remaining true to street style of the Sixties has been as impeccably styled as the tailoring. In contrast to this is the mod style of another character, played by Jon Kortajarenathe, who wears the classic uniform of a skinny white t-shirt, jeans (rolled up) and chelsea boots (cigarette optional). An easy way of re-creating this look is to opt for a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses which gained early popularity in the 1950s and 1960s.

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