13 September 2018

Style Lessons to Learn from the Films of Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick is the man behind some of the greatest cinematic masterpieces in history, from the innovative sci-fi 2001: A Space Odyssey to cold war comedy Dr Strangelove. 

No matter the era – taking it back to 18th century Barry Lyndon – whether space or land, style oozes from every orifice of his films. Take note from Alex DeLarge and make your eyes your statement with asymmetric falsies and judge the surrounding world, or peek over your heart shaped sunnies to survey your conquests like Lolita. We’ve collected together some serious style lessons to learn from some of the most original aesthetics of their generations, which stay ever iconic to this day.

show your feelings through your accessories

'Lolita' (1962) directed by Stanley Kubrick

Probably Kubrick’s most controversial film, as anywhere this book goes it stirs up a storm, with the tagline ‘How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?’ the film was the most risqué drama the 60s had seen. With Sue Lyon in the iconic title role, and with heart shaped glasses almost more notorious than the girl herself, you can learn a few tricks in seductive glancing from the poster alone.

There’s nothing like a statement eye to lure people in

'A Clockwork Orange' (1971) directed by Stanley Kubrick

Kurbick’s first solo screenplay, A Clockwork Orange shows a dystopian Britain where milk is a must and Beethoven soundtracks fight scenes. Captivate with asymmetric eye, prize people’s eyes open with a full-white ensemble, and embark with the squad on your mayhem mission.

sunglasses hide the darkest of secrets (and distinguish which personality you’ll be today)

'Dr Strangelove' (1964) directed by Stanley Kubrick

Ahead of its time, like everything Kubrick created, Dr Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) took war comedies to a new level. And it would be nothing without Peter Sellers, who plays the title role as well as two others: distinguished by his varying outfits, Dr Strangelove is iconised by the ultimate pair hexagonal shades. Snag yourself some of these and people will believe you’re as mad a man as the Dr himself.

art deco carpets will be the death of us all

'The Shining' (1980) directed by Stanley Kubrick

The carpet is mesmerising enough to tie together any room. Other stand out features of The Overlook Hotel include all red bathrooms, infinitely minimalist hallways and a maze so intricately designed even Wes Anderson would be jealous.

  • words and images Kitty Robson

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