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Fashion Film Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Italian suits and sharp jawlines are a lethal combination.
Fashion Film Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Italian suits and sharp jawlines are a lethal combination.

Since the time of James Bond and Austin Powers, fashion has always played a big role in spy movies. Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is no exception.

Aren’t Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill the most mabango-looking spies you’ve seen?


Alicia Vikander stars as Gabby Teller, the mechanic daughter of a former Nazi scientist.

Creating a prelude to the 1960s hit TV show, the film stars Henry Cavill as the suave American CIA agent, Napoleon Solo, Armie Hammer as the dapper yet hot-headed Russian KBG agent Illya Kuryakin, and Alicia Vikander as the doe-eyed mechanic Gaby Teller. The three are set on a joint mission to hunt down and stop the Paris Hilton look-a-like, Victoria Vinciguerra (played by Elizabeth Debecki), and her plans to threaten the balance of power with the use of nuclear warheads. Sounds exciting? Not really.

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Elizabeth Debecki’s wardrobe in this movie is every tita’s dream.

Truth be told, the only thing worth seeing in this film is the fashion. And no, I don’t say this because of a personal bias towards mod A-line dresses, bug-eyed sunnies, and shoulder-grazing earrings. Because while car chases and brawls between gentlemen in Italian suits consume most of the plot, it’s really the clothes that distract you from the mediocre action sequence. Think Austin Powers sans the sexual innuendos and witty punch lines. Quite flat.


The many villainous ways to wear a silk scarf.

Nonetheless, the film sure serves heaps of outfit inspos for those planning to stock up on pieces from Louis Vuitton and Carven’s Fall 2015 collections.

PS: The Dior dress goes with the Rabanne belt. 

See it if: Russian accents make you tingle.

116 min – Action | Adventure | Mystery| Suspense | Comedy – 15 August 2015 (USA)

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