Hawes & Curtis Collaborates with The Man From U.N.C.L.E
We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with the new Hollywood blockbuster The Man from U.N.C.L.E – creating a stylish collection of ‘60s inspired outfits influenced by the movie. Espionage and looking smart have always gone hand in hand, so when we heard the iconic 1964 spy series was being remade into a movie, in cinemas August 14, we jumped at the chance to recreate the characters’ enviable wardrobe.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series starring Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centres on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation, which is bent on destabilising the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The movie also stars Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”), with Jared Harris (“Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows”), and Hugh Grant as Waverly.
Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a fast-moving, action-packed, sexy and stylish international adventure. The movie embodies everything that made the 1960s cool – from its art, fashion and music, to its attitudes and perspectives – into an accurate yet understated vibe that is both retro and undeniably 21st century. “What I remember most about the series was its tone,” Ritchie reflects. “And when the opportunity arose for me to make the movie, that’s what inspired me.”
Locations play a significant role in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, helping set the tone and authenticity. Producer Lional Wigram explains “Rome typifies the style of the ‘60s and Berlin is, of course, the focal point for all those Cold War movies.” The Berlin sets exude a cool, stark palette overall, in comparison to the more lush, bright and sensuous colours and textures of the film’s Italian locales. Ritchie wanted the look and feel of the ‘60s to be present, but not obvious or clichéd with hints of Cold War.
The work of award-winning costume designer Joanna Johnston harmonised with the tones selected by the production designer Scholl and his sets. “In Berlin, the overriding visual was concrete. Everything was cold, hard, and quite dismal,” she says. “Then in Italy, the colours are warm and it’s all very sophisticated.” How the era broke culturally from the immediate post-war drabness of the 1950s was what inspired Johnstone, who researched the period via fashion magazines of the time. Johnston dressed Henry Cavill in fine tailoring from Saville Row to create an appearance that was expensive and chic. “They were made of the most wonderful fabric and as soon as I put them on, I felt like Napoleon Solo”, Cavill says.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E exudes style and sophistication while being witty and humorous. Ritchie’s movie takes a classic genre and puts a contemporary twist on it. Tales of espionage still continue to thrill and entertain generation after generation, proving that saving the world never goes out of style.