The Man From U.N.C.L.E : A 1960s Comeback

August 11, 2015

This week one of my favourite directors Guy Ritchie showcased his film at the London premiere for The Man of from U.N.C.L.E and it was SO good! The CIA action comedy cast the ridiculously hot Henry Cavill and the absolutely stunning Alicia Vikander and is set in the 1960s – my favourite era of all time. I am obsessed with all of Guy Ritchie’s films, from Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels to Layer Cake and Rock’n’Rolla. They are always unbelievably entertaining, thanks to Ritchie’s unique comedic approach, full of action and star brilliantly talented actors. This film had all of that but with an added layer of unbelievable style throughout. If you like any of the Bond films, need a giggle, or you just fancy gazing at gorgeous faces for a couple of hours, then do not miss this! If you want to watch the trailer you can check it out here.

I’m obsessed with the decade this film was set in, the ‘Swinging Sixties’ as it is best known, because the music was incredible (The Rolling Stones and The Beatles get me feeling good every time I listen to them), the art scene was revolutionary (think Andy Warhol), and there were so many beautiful, iconic women of their time which the fashion world still looks to for inspiration today: Bridget Bardot, Jean Shrimpton and Catherine Deneuve to name a few. Watching the film got me all fashion inspired thanks to the never ending glamour of the outfits and I immediately wanted to raid my wardrobe to find as many 60s inspired pieces as I could. I also wanted to help you guys with some easy tips to create a look that Twiggy would have been proud of.  The style of the decade is chic, well put-together, feminine sexy and just generally very, very cool.

The main themes in 60s fashion were: monochrome, mini skirts & mini dresses, high necklines, bold prints (checked, stripes, animal print), bold colours and big everything: big hair, big earrings, big sunglasses and big eyes. Oh, and a lot of WHITE!

I browsed the high street stores and put together a couple of my own 1960s inspired outfits. Hair was done by Clo & Flo and Make-Up by Buster Knight.

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I absolutely loved this outfit because it included so many of the trends: checked mini skirts, turtle neck tops, monochrome and a big hat to top it off. It was really simple and easy to put together and felt fun and young whilst still being super stylish and elegant – a perfect look to take you from day to night. This skirt was from Zara a few years ago, but I found a great alternative from La Redoute which would be perfect to get this look. I would team this outfit with flat shoes; tight mini skirts and heels for me is just a little too Spice Girls – however, if you have an a-line skirt (one that isn’t grabbing you around the thighs) then a good heel is fine!

Shop The Look

Asos Turtle Neck Sweater buy here

Asos Brimmed Hat buy here

La Redoute Checked skirt buy here

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This was a more casual day-time ensemble, and was so comfortable. I love pairing an oversized jumper with skirts because it tones down the outfit, making it look effortlessly thrown together whilst still look fabulous. I found an old animal print one that fit in perfectly with the 60s theme, but I also love Asos’ oversized turtle neck jumpers. In the summer months pair the look with lofas or platform sandals, and in the winter knee high boots would create a killer look!

Shop The Look

Topshop Suede Skirt buy here

Asos Oversized Sweater buy here

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The Premiere

I was invited to the film’s very intimate premiere by Warner Brothers to watch the film at Somerset House in the courtyard. It was such a beautiful setting, and we were given blankets and buckets for wine to watch it outside after sunset – how romantic. Before the film, a small drinks party was held where Henry Cavill and Guy Ritchie mingled with their families and friends and we were served wine and delicious canapés. My only regret is that I didn’t have the guts to go ask Henry Cavill for a selfie! But I did get a picture with the Vespas from the film, and I’m pretty obsessed with them so it sort of made up for it.

For the premiere I teamed the same turtle neck jumper with a different skirt and some leopard print heels. This skirt is from Topshop and is in the shops now (buy it here)

I also got to interview the Oscar winning costume designer Joanna Johnston who was in charge of all the films wardrobe, and here’s a few of the things she had to say:

Roxie: From having an Oscar nomination for Lincoln to designing for The Man From UNCLE, two films which are starkly different in style, which has been more of a challenge?

Joanna: Lincoln was a much bigger amount of costume to facilitate as we had 120 cast as well as 100s of extras, but they’re both as interesting as each other to design

Roxie: What icons from the 60’s did you draw inspiration from?

Joanna: Jean Shrimpton definitely inspired me and Marisa Berenson was a big influence. They’re both great models of their time, and it was to do with a lot of the styling that was going on around their work.

Roxie: For anyone trying to design a 60’s look, what would be your three main tips?

Joanna: Just immerse oneself in the glory of the 60’s and all aspects of creativity within it

Roxie: Musicians were a huge part of the 60’s fashion scene with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones leading the way. Did any musicians or bands from the 60’s play a part in your designs for the film?

Joanna: Everything that was going on in the 60’s, seems to me, influenced everything else. Aspects of people in the music industry indirectly inspires the creative process and listening to music from the time helps get you in the mood.

Go watch the film, get inspired and start rocking your best look from the decade that oozed cool – show me your best looks using the hashtags #TheManFromUncle #RawanStyling

Lots of Love

Roxie xx

P.S. Here are a few of my favourite snaps from the movie:

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