In 2002 the movie ‘City Of God’ was released to much acclaim, which both impressed and shocked the world at the same time. It tells the story of 2 friends growing up in the suburbian favelas of Rio de Janeiro/Brazil in ‘Cidade de Deus’ (translated City of God) and their separating paths when one becomes a photographer/journalist while the other becomes a drug dealer.
The most impressive thing about City of God was that almost all of the characters in the movie were not actors. They were all casted from the streets of Rio to keep the authenticity on film as strong as possible. As this was the case Cavi Borges and Luciano Vidigal have created a documentary entitled 'City of God - 10 Years Later' which catches up with the 'kids' portrayed in the cult classic as they discuss where their lives are today.
Movies have been at the forefront of inspiring fashion since the start of the 20th century. The silver screen has always held some hypnotic allure in deciding how we dress, whether that be by Bogart's white dinner jacket in Casablanca or Jack Skellington's gothic attire in Nightmare Before Christmas, films are all something we can aspire and relate to.
To celebrate the opening of the V&A's Hollywood Costume exhibition, we take a look at some of the most classic movie outfits to be adorned by male stars and offer some Topman alternatives that won't get you a restraining order for raiding Brad Pitt's wardrobe. Oh, and as much as we love superheroes, neon tights have been excluded from the list. Bit hard to pull off on a Friday night in Wetherspoons, really.
Drive - Ryan Gosling as Driver
Gosling's style as the nameless driver says it all in this movie. Literally, his clothes actually have to do most of the talking as the guy hardly says a word throughout. Treat yourself to a burgundy bomber in the style of the ominous silent hero.
Fancy drinks, beautiful women, expensive gadgets and nothing but the finest clothes, Bond has been the envy of men and women for decades. Whether it's Connary or Craig, the effortless cool has never left the world's greatest spy. Check out our black textured tux which is sure to turn some heads this holiday season. Martini and lustrous charm sold seperately.
Twilight Saga - Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
Once a killed off wizard in Harry Potter, now every girl's most cherished pale faced vamp. R-Patz' Edward Cullen is a charming immortal teenager that has shown men there is more smarter options than a simple chino and denim shirt combo. From the appearance of the peacoat in the first movie to the retro inspired suits of the flashbacks in Eclipse, Edward's style - unlike the actual execution of the first movie, yawn - is something to rave about. Millions of screaming Twi-Hards can't be wrong. Fix yourself up with a grey wool peacoat now. Don't worry, you don't have to read the books.
The Dark Knight Rises - Tom Hardy as Bane
Yes, you read right. Bane is one of the most swarve yet terrifying villains ever to hit modern screens. No, there wasn't a sudden trend of face masks that you somehow missed, we're talking about the fur lined coat he wears to keep from getting a cold in Gotham (bad guys get the sniffles too, y'know). Make sure you keep cosy this winter like our favourite mumbling mad man with our designer fur collar jacket.
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
The Beatles - the very epitome of Britishness. This movie follows the adventure of the Fab Four from Liverpool to London to perform on a television show. It's full of screaming girls, good music, bad acting and sharp suits. What more could you want? Set yourself up with a vintage Beatles' look by adding a three piece charcoal suit to your wardrobe. Every man must own one, get yours now.
Quadrophenia - Sting as Ace Face
Before Sting started singing about watching girls breathing he appeared in this movie made by British rock legends The Who. He plays an alpha-mod who leads the fight against the rockers in Brighton, donning a light blue slim suit and a leather trench coat whilst sitting atop a pimped out moped. What happened to him? You changed, Sting. Get the mod look with one of our navy parkas.
Recently returned from our Buying and Design research trip to NY City we thought we'd share with you some photographic highlights including; the Ghostbusters Fire station, a treasure trove of vintage at Smogersburg Market in Brooklyn and a multitude of street art. We also couldn't resist including one of many excellent NY dog spots!
Earlier this week we headed down to the Rekorderlig Winter Forest. A forest in the middle of London created especially by Rekorderlig to bring the outdoors in, as we toasted our latest collaboration James Long for Topman.
Welcomed by an array of mannequins wearing the upcoming collection, attendees dressed up in cardboard cutouts of the varying designs and enjoyed what the evening had to offer, including one-off cocktails and specially made canapes.
Check out a few photos from the evening below...
James Long for Topman launches on 8th November, General Store and 12th November, HERE.
Following the release of the sleek new iMac, Apple has drawn up a timeline documenting the monumental computer’s rise to fame...
1998 - The first iMac, the iMac G3, was introduced in 1998 and was the first computer to exclusively offer USB ports as standard. Originally released in Bondi blue, the line later developed another 12 colors bringing individuality to personal computing.
2002 - The next major redesign came in 2002 with the iMac G4 and featured a 15-inch LCD mounted on an adjustable arm above a hemisphere containing the computer’s essentials. A dramatic shift from the G3′s design, the G4 would hint at the future of contemporary computer design.
2004 - The next logical step, was the iMac G5 in 2004 which managed to incorporate an all-in-one design with all of the main logic board and optical drive mounted directly behind the LCD panel.
2012 - Following a few more models over the years, all equally impressive upon their release, the newest iMac is unarguably their most stunning yet.
With Apple's unprecedented growth in iMac computers, they've been able to expand their focus onto new markets and since have become the most successful brand in the world.
Throughout the month of November many men take part in the charitable cause that is Movember. The aim of Movember is for men to grow their mustaches as long as possible during this time period. With Movember nearly upon us Croatian illustrator Vanja Mrgan has applied this aesthetic to cartoon superheroes. Check them out below (via A New Hype)...
A couple of weeks ago, Topman and Topshop took over Camden's Roundhouse for our annual shindig. With George Lamb on hosting duties and hitting the decks (still suited and booted I might add) once the party got started, we knew we were in for an epic night!
Mr Lamb was then followed up by the one and only Zane Lowe - Shamazing as Nicole Scherzinger would say!
After a night of free drinks and delicious appetizers there were a few sore heads in the office the next morning! Check out a few images below of our very own Head Office partygoers:
Chinos are the perfect solution to the 'What do I wear today?!' question boys and men are asking themselves each morning once they have glanced out their windows. Cold, grey, gloomy weather means we all wish we could inject a little colour back into our day.
Perfect for an easy transition into Autumn and then onto Winter are our chinos! Pair with a hoodie for a casual day to day look or a long sleeve shirt to take your look through to a night out!
Have a peek at a few of our coloured chinos available in stores as I type - get shopping!
Green levels are key for this season and will be an essential through to next!
Blues are a wardrobe essential!
Keep an eye out for key purple tones! Great new direction for the season!
Grey's are easy staple pieces which will very likely go with anything in your wardrobe!