2 April 2018

The Spectacular Style of Wes Anderson's Characters

Welcome to Wanderson, the weird, colourful, and wonderful world of Wes Anderson, where liberally perfumed lobby boys rule the roost and shark hunting sailors sail the seas. And that's before we get to the clothing. Indeed, from headbands to head bandages, Peter Pan collars to drawn on moustaches, Wes and his team are responsible for some of the most iconic looks to have graced the silver screen. Here are a few of my favourites.


chas, richie, and margot tenenbaum in the royal tenenbaums
They say that two is company and three's a crowd, well this crowd of people sure know how to dress. From Margot's black eyeliner and bobby pins to Chas' full adidas look, not to mention Richie's signature headband and sunnies, the Tenenbaum trio are as stylish as they come.

steve zissou in the life aquatic with steve
What could be more stylish than rocking a red beanie, an aquamarine short-sleeved shirt with matching trousers, and personalised adidas kicks? Having the entirety of your submarine crew rocking it all too. Steve Zissou nails synchronised dressing in The Life Aquatic. The perfect outfit for finding the shark that ate your friend and destroying it.

max fischer in rushmore
Geek chic has always been a thing, Just ask Enid from Ghostworld, Laney Boggs from She's All That, or even Barb from Stranger Things. Feel like swatting up your look this season? Make like geek chic OG Max Fischer in Rushmore, with a heady combo of the following: Safety goggles, a bottle green velvet suit, mustard yellow shirt with matching dickie bow, red beret, navy blazer and, last but not least, braces (the dental kind).

suzy bishop in moonrise kingdom
Coping with a troubled child can be tough, but when they're as mischievously inclined and prone to adventure as Suzy Bishop, things are that much harder. Although with her iconic blue eye-shadow, Peter Pan collars, binoculars, high socks and pink dress, she looks like butter wouldn't melt. Oh but it would…

zero in the grand budapest hotel
The colour of rain (well, according to Prince), purple was the order of the day in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Make like liberally perfumed lobby boy, Zero, with purple britches, a matching coat and a bell-boy hat, team with a hand-drawn moustache and you should be good to go. Trop chic!

natalie portman in hotel chevalier
Buttercup, lemon, amber, flaxen, whatever shade you want to call it, Natalie Portman's yellow dressing gown in Hotel Chevalier will go down in history as one of the chicest night to day looks of all time. Or is it day to night? Big props to her pixie crop too.

francis in darjeeling limited
One question. What happened to your head? From geek chic to invalid chic, headbands to head bandages, unlike his fellow Wanderson compatriots, Francis sure got the short end of the sartorial stick. But he actually looks kind of cool. He carries a very stylish Louis Vuitton travel bag, an exquisitely tailored suit, and those bandages give him character.

dignan in bottle rocket
With his buzz-cut (no, he's not in the army he just likes short hair), and buttoned up polo-shirts, his neutral palette of browns, whites, yellow, and beige, criminal "mastermind" Dignan might be an unlikely style icon, but then can't you imagine him as the star of one of Al McLellan's beautifully shot campaigns? Think about it…

foxy in fantastic mr. fox
Mustard yellow corduroy suit, foxy fur and whiskers. Need I say more?