Sir Michael Caine. The Italian Job. 1969 Dir. Peter Collinson
One of my favorite films growing up. A Christmas, Boxing Day, Easter weekend regular. But I never appreciated the tailoring and style until later in life.
Sir Michael Caine's character Charlie Croker used Caine's own tailor in real life, the legendary London tailor Douglas Hayward. Hayward was also the tailor of Sir Roger Moore personally and in the @007
films of the 80s (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A view to a Kill), Clint Eastwood and James Coburn. Later again with Caine in Get Carter.
"Take me to my tailor..." one of the first lines Caine's character utters when leaving prison. It sets the tone for the film of the style to come. Hayward was apparently originally scripted in the film to play Caine's tailor but for some reason did not partake although his four suits made a lasting impact and although the Mini's are the most known stars of the film, the style and suits win hands down for me.
Throughout the film we are taken on of a voyage of styles, from the double breasted and single breasted suits of the dove-grey sharkskin whilst picking up the Aston, another suit from Hayward, the stylish beige suit the suede jacket worn wtih Yvan glasses that can still be purchased through @mason_and_sons
the suede jackets, and of course Camp Freddie's pop purple suits (contrary to rumour were not made by Hayward). Of course @turnbull_asser
shirts and not forgetting Lorna's (played by Margaret Blye) swinging 60s style especially when meeting the Italian's (headed by Raf Vallone) wearing their true to style shinier suits than those of Haywards.
Apart from the suits, and the 60's style, we cannot forget the cars! Everyone remembers the Minis, but there were just a few among many of the car stars of the film. The Aston Marton DB4 (which became the DB5 and went on to legendary status through James Bond) in the classic scene after being released from prison, the Lambourghini Muira, the Jaguar E-type, all tragically destroyed at the beginning of the film but probably not the originals.
The best looking menswear caper picture preceding the likes of Oceans?? "Hang on lads I've got a great idea..."