For our SS14 menswear collection, the menswear design team was driven by a desire to make the iconic, masculine style of screen stars from days gone by feel perfectly relevant for the contemporary man.
One man who embodies the Reiss approach to this season is Montgomery Clift. Read on to find out why we’re still inspired his sartorial legacy.
Although Montgomery Clift’s career was brief due to his premature death aged 45, his legacy as one of classic cinema’s most charismatic stars is incontestable: a necessity when sharing the screen with some of the golden age of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses.
Best known for his roles as Private E. Lee in From Here To Eternity and as George Eastman in A Place in the Sun, Clift was often cast in roles which honed his own sense of otherness; he often assumed the role of a withdrawn outsider.
But, while Clift’s characters may have belonged on the outside, his personal style embraced a clean-cut and classic aesthetic. Like many other of his peers, Clift’s style was comprised from pieces which now make up the canon of preppy Americana.
Whether dressed in tweed, corduroy or simply in a plain white T-shirt and classic chinos, Clift’s fuss-free yet impactful style continues to provide a blueprint for modern men.
For other entries in the series see Style Icon: Paul Newman and Style Icon: Alain Delon.