The world of Hollywood is regularly used as a source of guidance for those who are interested in fashion – something which can largely be attributed to characters like the following 10.
The writer played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the 2008 Sex and the City movie is perhaps the first name that springs to mind when we think about fashionable characters. From Manolo Blahnik shoes to Prada dresses, she rarely wore anything that wasn’t a designer label, making her someone to aspire to
It could be argued that Bond serves a similar role for men, and in the 2008 instalment Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig’s agent was kitted out in everything from Tom Ford suits and casual clothes to a classic Bond midnight blue tuxedo. James Bond loves to look smart at casinos and you can always suit up for your mobile casinos needs if you wish to emulate 007’s biggest wins. This fits the mix of new and old of the film franchise and kept Bond at the cutting edge fashion.
Ryan Phillippe played this character in the 1999 hit Cruel Intentions. His style combined t-shirts worn under designer label suits. It showed him to be rich, stylish but also somewhat immature, which is exactly what his character turned out to be.
Another 1990s Hollywood fashion icon, Alicia Silverstone’s ditsy character from Clueless was anything but when it came to her look. Wearing miniskirts and knee socks, she became a character that teenage girls aimed to emulate, and proved herself a smarter cookie than she had originally appeared to be.
The laidback style sense of Eddie Murphy’s character from 1984 comedy thriller Beverly Hills Cop popularised a look – frat jacket, sports t-shirt, faded jeans and trainers – that many guys still opt for as their favoured casual clothing. It made him look cool, but accessible, suiting his easy going, wisecracking persona.
By contrast, the ruthless yuppie trader played by Michael Douglas in 1987’s Wall Street was all about power dressing. Pinstriped suits over designer shirt and red braces – his look defined that era, just as his cold-hearted ‘greed is good’ outlook did, but he still looked immaculate.
Rivalling Axel Foley in becoming a style icon without trying, this Brad Pitt character from the 1999 film Fight Club wore designer shirts with a beat-up brown leather jacket and punkish hairstyle. This odd mix suited his rather conflicted character, but oddly worked as an actual fashion statement.
This character from 2015 movie Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan, exuded low-key style – with clothing choices that included Nike outfits for his boxing training session scenes and varsity jackets with leather sleeves for scenes out of the ring and the gym. It showed that you don’t have to be flashy to be cool.
By contrast, the Hollywood agent played by Jeremy Piven in 2015s movie Entourage had to dress to impress at all times in a cutthroat industry. He did so through a combination of preppy casual clothes and tailored Italian suits.
The only man capable of pulling off a leopardskin suit, the top male model played by Ben Stiller in the 2001 comedy perfectly highlighted the more ridiculous side of the fashion world – and his outfits were the best joke of all.
Now Zoolander 2 is here, we can once more learn how the beautiful are dressing in 2016.