Quentin Tarantino’s next cinematic feat, this time not set on a slave plantation or in a bizarre wooden cabin in the Rockies, is in cinemas in a matter of days. Instead, it’s set in Hollywood in the 1970s, which at first glance is a curious choice, because the 1970s weren’t exactly tinsel town’s golden age.
But that’s the point. This story (true to Tarantino form) is promising to be convincingly over-the-top, filled with no small amount of off-the-wall dialogue and questionable humour. Tarantino’s calling the film ‘a story that takes place at the height of hippy Hollywood’, whereby DiCaprio plays out-of-touch actor Rick Dalton, and Brad Pitt his equally out-of-touch stunt double, Cliff Booth. Both are former stars of a Western TV show. With their careers on the rocks, the pair embarks on an odyssey to reestablish their disintegrating stardom while Hollywood deals with the fallout of the infamous Charles Manson murders, which took place in LA in 1969. Ominously at the start of the film, DiCaprio’s character lives next door to Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Manson’s followers. One suspects there will be at least a touch of signature Tarantino gore in this latest tale.
What we can say with some certainty is that the stills released for the film has revealed a very promising wardrobe. Regular readers will have picked up on the current ‘70s trend that’s filtering through menswear at the moment, and with Pitt in well-worn double-denim, plus DiCaprio mixing a yellow rollneck with a tan leather blazer and chocolate flares, you can be sure this film’s going to have a striking aesthetic. It’s early days yet, but if these first two looks are anything to go by, we’re sure this is going to be one of this year’s most stylish movies, even if acid yellow jumpers aren’t quite your thing.
If you’d you’d like to get ahead of game, we’ve chosen three pieces that channel a touch of ‘70s chic in the best possible way. Have them on stand by for when this film hits cinemas, which is 14 August, if you’re wondering…
Valstar ‘Valstarino’ suede jacket
A chic alternative to denim, this suede jacket from Valstar comes in a reassuringly retro shade of conker brown, perfect for channeling a touch of ‘70s style in your late summer look. It’s cut from the company’s signature goat’s suede that’s gently tanned for optimal softness.
John Smedley ‘Connell’ rollneck
The rollneck is a late ‘60s-cum-‘70s classic, but for the past few seasons it’s enjoyed a renaissance as a thoroughly modern style staple – layered under sleek suits and separates it makes for a cool alternative to a shirt. John Smedley makes some of the best around, and has done out of the same factory in Derbyshire since 1784. In extra-fine merino wool and with a classic fit, this Bordeaux number will sit comfortably under navy and charcoal tailoring when it cools down a touch.
Dunhill wide-leg trousers
These trousers from Dunhill are seriously sharp. They combine a distinctive shade of sand with a crisp tailored look, cut with a high-rise, wide legs and sharp central creases. Wear these high on the waist with a breezy camp collar shirt now, and pair with a charcoal rollneck and navy double-breasted blazer come autumn.