Tuesday, 4 December 2012

All the Presidents Men style

My favourite Design*Sponge feature is their "Living In" column, where they create beautiful sets of clothing, furniture, and accessories based on the aesthetics of famous films. The first one I ever read was Living In: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and it started a year long obsession with Elizabeth Taylor (I was already infatuated with Paul Newman by that point)

I wanted to do something similar for one of my favourite films, All the President's Men. The movie itself is very visually satisfying, with one of my favourite scenes being in the Library of Congress. I'm really not someone who can analyze films, but this was one of the most powerful parts of the movie for me:
Studying would be so much cooler at this library.   
Watching this movie not long after I watched His Girl Friday (another great one) made me seriously consider abandoning my current career trajectory and taking up journalism, instead.

But what I really love is the early seventies style. I think that all guys should dress like Robert Redford in this movie, all the time. (Or Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor. Or Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Pretty much any R.R. movie, ever). 




Here are a few of my ideas for injecting some Woodward & Bernstein style into my life:


1. Robert Redford could pull off a corduroy jacket like no one else.

2. Ditto a checked shirt

3. A wide patterned tie is a must.

4.  Retro black rotary: telephone of choice for noir-era private eyes, gumshoe detectives, and nosy journalists. I actually really want one of these so I can pretend I'm Phillip Marlowe. 

5. Reporters notebook. Did they have Moleskine's back in the 70s?

6. Library card catalogue. For filing away secrets (would probably be great for storing nail polish, also.)

7. Fast food, for late night stake outs

8. Coffee, for convincing nervous CREEP employees, and inducing feelings of intense paranoia.

9. A good pen, because iPhones weren't as reliable back then.

10. Vintage typewriters had a purpose before they were used to decorate hipster apartments.

11. I can't see Robert Redford wearing anything BUT a leather watch, can you? 

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