How to get the style: The Man from U.N.C.L.E

Posted 21/01/2016 00:00

Men's style

Whether it is James Bond, Ethan Hunt or Jason Bourne there is something enigmatic and alluring about the classic spy film hero...

Brave, charming, daring and, of course, always impeccably dressed! We take a look at the recently released film The Man From U.N.C.L.E and how its 60s styling is fuelling some very modern trends.

Based on the classic TV series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E is brought to our screens by London-based director Guy Richie. Not only did Richie face the dilemma of turning the long running series into just one film but he also had the challenge of capturing the mood and style of the era. Richie chose Oscar nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston to help him realise this vision.

One of the most surprising decisions taken by Johnston was to not to use vintage pieces instead opting to have all the clothes custom made. She took her inspiration from films and fashion magazines from the late 60s producing a playful array of outfits with a distinct nod to the Mod look. The release of the film, combined with the influence TV shows such as Mad Men, has seen a renewed interest in 60s fashion. We look at the two distinctive styles of the film’s leading men and how key elements can be incorporated into any wardrobe.

Napoleon Solo

C.I.A agent Napoleon Solo, played by Henry Cavill, is the quintessential gentleman spy with a wardrobe to match. Three-piece suits cut in the boxy, solid tailoring of the 60s paired with crisp white shirts and a hint of silver cufflink. Solo is an American with a distinctly British sense of style. What completes Solo’s look, though, is the choice of fabric – Windowpane Check in muted monochrome colours.

Famously adored by Clark Gable, Windowpane Check had, sadly, fallen out of favour but in recent years it has been creeping back onto the catwalk. Worn boldly in bright colours or as a subtle statement piece, Windowpane Check is a pattern that demands attention and evokes an air of self-assured confidence. It is also a look you can have fun with by pairing it with another pattern – for example, as Solo does in the film, a suit in large Windowpane Check with a mini polka dot tie.

Ilya Kuryakin

While we can learn a lot from Napoleon Solo about making a splash at that all-important meeting or social occasion his follow spy Ilya Kuryakin, played by Armie Hammer, is the embodiment of casual cool. Brown Suede bomber jackets, polo neck sweaters and sunglasses are Ilya’s staples along with one of his trademark flat caps. It is a look that can be easily adapted to suit individual styles making it easy for you to add a little bit of 60s rebel to your everyday wardrobe!

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