Whenever I watch a film one of the things I take careful note of is the styling of the characters. Quentin Tarantino is one of the few modern day auteurs working and while his films may not be thought of as particuarly ‘fashionable’, I believe that his filmography is a case study in incredible styling work. The role of costume design in film is to suspend disbelief and to allow the viewer to focus on the story. In this way the characters in Tarantino’s films look so natural in their surroundings; and the clothes help convey their individual backstories without explicit exposition.
Unlike say Wes Anderson who uses a nostalgic 1970’s color palette and pulls from a consistent aesthetic for all his films, Tarantino draws from unique inspirations for each film. His films have traversed many locales and time periods but there a real consistency in the styling approach in each. The clothes worn by key characters are rarely over the top; instead they reflect a gritty sense of realism. There is a sense of the everyday in the outfits of those on-screen. The clothes are worn with authority and authenticity and through that process the clothes themselves can almost seem like an afterthought and not the result of careful curation.
Below I’ve selected visuals from Quentin Tarantino’s filmography that display his prowess as a style influencer. It’ll be interesting to see what Django Unchained looks like when it hits theaters Christmas Day.
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Jimmy wears : Rick Owens DRKSHDW Poplin Jacket, N.Hoolywood Tank Top, Undercover SCAB knit jeans, Visvim 5-hole Boots.
Jimmy Wears : April77 Denim Jacket, Engineered Garments Floral Shirt, Opening Ceremony Camo Pants, Polo Ralph Lauren Hiking Boots
Jimmy Wears : Undercover Knit Crewneck , Helmut Lang Distressed Jeans, Dior Homme Sneakers
Jimmy Wears : Raf Simons Sleeveless Crewneck, Army Surplus Desert-Camo Cargos, and Nike Lunar Chukka Woven
Jimmy wears : Supreme ‘No Limit’ 5-Panel Hat, United Arrows, Leather Varsity Jacket, Number (N)ine ‘Shut the Fuck Up T-Shirt” , DRKSHDW cut-offs, Jordan Brand Sneakers
Jimmy Wears : Comme des Garcon Junya Watanabe MAN reversible Hunting Jacket, XXBC Crewneck Sweater, Junya Watanabe x Levi’s Screenprint Jeans, Timberland Boots.
This is the first Third Looks editorial. It’s an exploration on contrasts : Black & white vs color imagery, monochromatic outfits vs bright pops of color and eye-catching patterns, film vs digital photography.
The objective of this editorial is to show that even simple outfit concepts (for example a denim jacket and trousers) can be executed in wildly different ways. Many current fashion editorials are focused on the creation of a fantastical mono-branded aesthetic. A Study in Contrasts mimics the label-mixed reality of everyday dressing and serves as a reminder that how you wear something is just as important as what you are wearing. No matter the labels and pieces you select, I believe that your personality and personal style should shine through.
For more images and to see the B&W looks in full color please visit the official Third Looks Tumblr page.
Part 2 shot on film by Rebekah Seok coming soon.
Creative Direction & Styling by Rocky Li
Photography by Rocky Li
Model : Jimmy Jimeno
Styling Assistants : Jimmy Jimeno, Rebekah Seok
Undercover Irregular Cotton Jacket in Grey
Great summer outerwear is always a challenge to find. Undercover brings this patchwork Irregular Cotton 5-Pocket Jacket to fill just that niche in your wardrobe. The detailing on this piece is quite incredible with 5 utility pockets , multi-colored buttons and a patchwork texture that includes striped, honeycombed and studded portions. The 100% cotton fabric combined with a unique 2-button high stance cut ensures that you’ll stay cool and comfortable throughout the season.
I am a fan of how this look with styled with sneakers (Nike Air Max 90s) and a t-shirt ; keeping with the casual and utilitarian vibe.
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Jun Takahashi has gone so many directions with the Undercover brand over the years. After a somewhat lackluster SS11 ‘Underman’ season Jun has been in top form. While I definitely enjoyed the styling found in the SS2012 lookbook for the ‘Open Strings’ collection I feel the styling and backdrop found in this editorial for Non-No is pretty much perfect. I look forward to seeing more detailed shots of some of the items below, particuarly the polka dot shirt, plaid blazer and leather riders jacket.
If the above images weren’t enough for you, check out this 12 minute video that showcases the collection for both men and women.
I was flipping through Milk Issue 091 when I came across this great editorial featuring Junya Wantanabe MAN and PINK (A Junya line for girls featuring menswear pieces in smaller sizes). In my opinion Junya pieces have to be styled correctly for the brand to really shine. The pieces here are styled quite perfectly in my opinion and I absolutely love the first image with the female model in the varsity and the patchwork jeans.If you haven’t checked it out Milk is definitely a nice contrast to American and European magazines particuarly for its product spreads, I hope to post up more scans in the near future.