When Lauren and I started this blog just about over a year ago, I never thought I'd be blogging about the great style of a 1970s cop movie. This past weekend we decided to rent Serpico after watching the "Making a Mess All Over the City" episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
I'm so glad we rented it. In the film Frank Serpico (played by Al Pacino) has the best wardrobe. I can't believe I've never heard anyone reference this film for its fashion - it just blows me away. I mean, Serpico has more costume changes than Carrie Bradshaw!
Serpico's look is that of a 1960s laid-back, hippie New Yorker wearing long silver chains, beaded necklaces, aviators, leather vests, light cotton shirts, multiple rings on each hand, and wide-leg pants. The best (and most suprising) part is that Al Pacino totally rocks this look. I'm not much of a Pacino fan, but I have to admit that he looks great throughout the whole film - even when he's wearing a giant brown cape and hat (see top right picture above).
I love how the clothes look like real clothes and not costumes. Every item looks worn and nothing fits perfectly.
Frank Serpico wears a number of fantastic hats throughout the film. My favorite is the white bucket hat.
Even Serpico's apartment in the film is amazing. It looks like something Domino magazine would use for inspiration with its white-washed walls, non-matchy furniture, stacks of books, open shelves, and an abundance of plants.
For those of you who haven't seen this film, go rent it now! Even non-fashionistas will appreciate the great acting and scenery (filmed in over 100 locations around NYC).