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Oscar-Winning Films and Streetwear: Top 5 Looks from the Silver Screen

The Academy Awards is undoubtedly the biggest annual celebration of film, but the event holds place of honor in the fashion calendar as well. Not only does the Oscars attract a bevy of couture-clad celebrities onto the red carpet, but the awards ceremony also highlights an impressive range of fashion on the silver screen. Among the 2016 film selection, fashionable highlights include Lalaland, a romantic comedy about American Jazz, and Jackie, a biopic on the stylish ex-first lady of the United States. With the 89th Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, hosted yet again by funnyman Jimmy Kimmel, we take a look back at iconic ensembles that accompanied Oscar winners and nominees throughout history.


Interstellar: Workwear Jacket

Featured Products: Carhartt WIP Detroit Jacket, Stone Island Logo T-Shirt and KOMONO Winston Mirror Watch

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is known for its dystopian, out-of-this-world plotline, but the film’s fashion was more down-to-earth. Matthew McConaughey may have delivered one of his finest performances as a retired NASA engineer fighting to save the world from agrarian apocalypse, However, his Carhartt Weathered Duck Detroit jacket was the film’s real winner. Crafted in a khaki colorway with multiple pockets, this timeless staple received an hour-long stint in the film, reminding us that rugged, American outerwear never goes out of style – not even when we’re hurtling towards Earth’s imminent destruction.


Her: Smart Casual Jacket

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Director Spike Jonze has built a distinctive visual style with warm color palettes, close-up shots and lens flares that envelope audiences with a sense of nostalgia. Jonze’s romantic-comedy Her focuses on the relationship between a man and his virtual assistant (played by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johannsen), marrying his vintage aesthetic with a vision of a future world. Retro vibes permeate the film’s costumes, from the hipster glasses to the high-waisted trousers, though they are given a modern revamp with fleece textures and brighter colors. If you ever wanted to see what hipster dressing would look like in the future, this is it.


Drive: Souvenir Jacket

Featured Products: ROCKET X LUNCH R Reversible Image Jp Jacket and RANDOLPH Sportsman Sunglasses

Ryan Gosling is most well-known for playing hunky love interests in romantic comedies, but he takes on a slicker role in the 2011 neo-noir thriller, Drive. As a Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a getaway driver, Gosling dons flashy, streetready pieces to match his smooth criminal persona. Noteworthy pieces include a gold souvenir jacket featuring a scorpion embroidered on the back, a denim jacket and slim-fitting jeans. Get Gosling’s bad-boy look with similar pieces from maharishi and Human Made.


8 Mile: Oversized Fleece Hoodie

Featured Products: STAMPD Echo T-Shirt, STAMPD Voir Dire Zip Up Hoodie and Carhartt WIP Anglistic Beanie

Hip-hop style pervades the film 8 Mile, the story of a young, white rapper (played by Eminem) who hopes to make a name for himself in the majority-African American industry. Shot in Detroit, the film exposes the nitty, gritty of America’s hip-hop scene, in which street fashion plays a large role. Eminem’s uniform of oversized hoodies, denim jackets, baggy jeans, and beanies reflect trends in hip-hop fashion that still endure today.


Taxi Driver: M65 Jacket

Featured Products: WACKO MARIA M-65 Field Coat (Type-2), MAISON KITSUNE Tricolor Patch Classic Oxford Button Down Shirt and RANDOLPH Aviator Sunglasses

Lauded as one of the best films of all time, Martin Scorsese’s cult classic Taxi Driver is no doubt a fine specimen of the neo-noir and psychological thriller genre. Starring Robert De Niro, the film focuses on a New York taxi driver who takes on the city’s dysfunction with his own brand of vigilantism. Robert De Niro’s anti-hero, sporting a shaved mohawk cut and a M-65 military jacket, is still an iconic figure to this day. The M-65 jacket – a durable field coat featuring four-pocket styling – has achieved cult status in its own right, and has been revamped by brands such as Alpha Industries and Junya Watanabe.


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