The Fox Recommends: North by Northwest
August 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
If ever in need of a film that offers drama, suspense, classic style and acting icons – The Fox recommends you look no further then Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller North by Northwest. Premiered in 1959, North by Northwest is considered to be the ultimate Hitchcock film. It follows the tale of Roger Thornhill (played by Cary Grant), an advertising executive mistaken for a government agent and pursued across the country by foreign spies (including James Mason, Martin Landau and the ethereal Eva Saint Marie). Written by Ernest Lehman to be “the Hitchcock feature to end all Hitchcock features”, the film features a nail-biting plane chase, and the hands-down best action scene ever to feature a national monument.
The costuming of North by Northwest is just as revered as the storytelling, direction and score. Cary Grant’s gray suit is revered as the best suit in film history, copied over the years in a handful of films, and ever sought as the definitive suit for every man’s collection. Eva Saint Marie’s wardrobe was hand picked by Eva herself. The story goes that Hitchcock was unhappy with MGM’s costume selection, and opted to take Saint Marie into Bergdorf Goodman in New York to select her own wardrobe off the rack. She was heard to jokingly refer to Hitchcock as her “one and only sugar daddy” following the shopping spree.
The Fox highly recommends you see North by Northwest – it will change how you watch movies and how you shop. If you’re looking to replicate Cary Grant’s iconic gray suit – then go straight to the source. Kilgour on Savile Row in London created the bespoke gray suit and much of Grant’s wardrobe for the film.
If you’re looking to spend a bit less than the several thousands bespoke will cost, check out this modern version for a lot less dough by Brooks Brothers. These Cole Haan LunarGrand Captoe Oxfords will set the suit off nicely while keeping your feet happy with Nike sole technology. Don’t forget to top off the look with some swagger and a whole lot of handsome. Enjoy.
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