News just in. 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 this August. 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 first official image 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 seasonal 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 9 August, if you’re wondering…
1. Valstar teal suede trucker jacket
A chic alternative to denim, this teal suede trucker from Valstar comes in a reassuringly retro shade of teal, 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 and it features all the right details; pointed breast pockets and front panels, a generous revere collar and smooth metal buttons.
£795, shop now
2. John Smedley camel merino ‘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 camel number will sit comfortably under navy and charcoal tailoring when it cools down a touch.
£160, shop now
3. CMMN SWDN ‘Jay’ light brown pleated wool trousers
These trousers are seriously sharp. A key piece from CMMN SWDN’s current 1970s inspired collection, they combine a distinctive shade of tan with a crisp tailored look, cut with a high-rise, wide legs and twin reverse pleats. 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.
£220, shop now