Style Quickie – Sherlock Holmes (BBC Sherlock)

Is it just me or are we getting an influx of extremely well-dressed male characters lately? Or shall I say, GQMFs? Even though I’m probably the only geek in existence who isn’t watching the new Doctor Who I decided to check out Steven Moffat’s new Sherlock series because I’d heard such rave reviews about it.

Sherlock, my friends, is GQMF (I mean he’s actually in GQ). No deerstalkers to be seen (not that there’s anything wrong with deerstalkers), only shirts, suits, scarves and a magnificent winter coat that GQ says only cost oh £1000. He also inexplicably wears designer shirts and suits but I don’t care because the costume designer Sarah Arthur is my hero:

“Holmes would not have any interest in fashion so I went for classic suits with a modern twist: narrow-leg trousers and a two-button, slim-cut jacket,” she told us. “I also went for slim-cut shirts and a sweeping coat for all the action scenes – it looks great against the London skyline.”

It’s getting a little warmer here in the Southern hemisphere while it’s getting cooler in the North but during temperature and weather-appropriate times, do consider wearing a great large winter coat over a suit. Even better – pop up the collar for that sort of film noir look and say that you were just uh, keeping your neck safe from the elements. Specifically you might want to look for a double-breasted black coat with large lapels that goes down to just past your knees. A super-nice version of said coat would be pleated from the lower-back and flare whenever you whisked around the streets of London.

Unfortunately I can’t direct you to where you might be able to buy such a coat but the one I own I grabbed at a thrift store for $30 in the height of summer (it’s double-breasted and tweed-ish and finishes mid-calf and fits me perfectly and have I mentioned that I love it? Yes, I’m just bragging now).

Style Quickie – Alice (Alice Syfy Miniseries)

Humour me for a paragraph while I rant about not-fashion. I absolutely adore the Alice books and the subsequent works of art they’ve inspired including half my Year 12 portfolio.  The books themselves are fairly unintelligible (in a good way), but I believe the strength of Alice comes from the ability of new artists to project onto the existing work. Burton’s recent remake was one of the most disappointing and heartless adaptations I’ve ever seen, and I say that because I’m a fan of Burton, Depp and Alice. It was truly horrible and whenever someone brings it up I always point them to the recent Syfy adaptation that’s at least 20 times better made at a fraction of the price.

The adaptation is not without its weaknesses and I would go on if this were a TV review site, but what is important is the fantastic costume interpretations of the characters. I’ve read they were designed by Angus Strathie who also designed the costumes for Moulin Rouge. At some point in the future I might write a deconstruction post for several characters, but what I like to focus on is either the sheer brilliance or fashion suicide:

Blue dress, red tights.

I’m on the side of sheer brilliance. They’re both primary colours that contrast and really bring out the vibrance of the other colour. Most people, myself included, tend to stick to analogous colour harmonies when “matching” colours. But there are lots of harmonic colour combinations from colours that you wouldn’t think could work together.

Visual artists and graphic designers are probably familiar with colour theory and the colour wheel but I think just knowing a little about how colours work can really improve an outfit! For some people this comes quite naturally, but I personally find it difficult to even entertain the idea of combining brown, blue and green even though it looks great if you pick the right hues and shades.

If you want to expand your colour combination horizons then I would suggest playing around with Adobe’s online kuler tool. The site was meant for graphic and web designers to experiment with colour combinations, but it works equally well for clothing choices. The tool has several preset colour harmonies so you can pick one colour and it will adjust the other colours for you. Be bold!

Aaaand if you’re sick of all this arty-farty stuff then this site has a pretty good rundown of the Alice and Hatter costumes (and strangely homewares too) although the focus is more on shopping than improvising.