Following Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris you may think it impossible to find style inspiration from anywhere other than the runways of the four fashion capitals. So when I ventured to Westfield’s Vue Cinema to watch the loveable rogues Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Gary Oldman battle it out with detestable Guy Pearce to bootleg alcohol during 1920’s prohibition in Virginia, the last thing I expected to find was a handful of recent trends being sported by the cast.
So this picture may not seem to be a great example, the gents look a bit like they just finished up a long day working on a farm, but bear with me. On closer inspection you have chunky knitwear, a granddad shirt, what looks like some tweed (if not we’ll pretend it is), a grey blazer, waistcoat and even a hairstyle similar to the slicked back quiff donned by David Beckham recently. Overall you get a feeling of the workwear and heritage trend seen over the last year, particularly during the A/W seasons, in addition to some very well pulled off layering. It may seem rough and messy, particularly in the case of the alcohol guzzling Mr Howard Bondurant on the left, but this is exactly what the trend requires.
Again we see current trends all to be found on the high street; chunky knitwear, fairisle patterning, brown trousers which could be cord, tweed or wool and some hardwearing, hand me down looking country boots. The layering is pretty simple and something we can all follow during the cold winter months.
Following the casual look from above we have a far more gentlemanly one after the young and naïve Jack Bondurant played by Shia LaBeouf decides to flaunt the bootlegging money the family make with some new threads and a nippy new Ford.
For starters he is wearing what some would consider an essential of the male wardrobe, a navy blue suit. Underneath the khaki/beige shirt gives a nod to the military trend that seems ever present and the red tie continues the summer print trend on into A/W with a little more subtlety – click here and here. For a slightly preppy look, this could be traded for a bow tie.
If that was not enough, what better evidence of Lawless and its links to recent fashion trends other than an item similar to one worn by Yin & Yang’s own Derek during a recent meeting. The tweed cap worn by Shia LeBeouf in some scenes again reflects the heritage and workwear trend.
Fashion is everywhere and we need not look only at the most recent lookbooks and campaigns for inspiration on our next purchase or what to pick out of our wardrobe every morning. Keep your eyes open and you could be surprised where you can find ideas, I know I was.