A dog of a day for unavailing actor Jake Scully (Craig Wasson), who is relieved of his role as Dracula after his claustrophobia impacts badly on his ability to take to a coffin before returning home to find man unknown in the marital bed sinking more than his fangs into Mrs Scully.
But distraction from his woes soon arrives when a friend lends him a spectacular house to sit in the Hollywood hills, complete – courtesy of a bewitching neighbour called Gloria (Deborah Shelton), a large, curtainless plate glass window and a high powered telescope – with a nightly striptease show…
Brian de Palma’s Body Double (1984) is a thrilling, twisting homage to Hitchcock and a treat of a testament to eighties schlock, not least in its dizzying depiction of the porn industry and scary eighties pop videos (Frankie Goes to Hollywood – clip below) that the very comfortably dressed Scully finds himself inextricably drawn into.
Deborah Shelton in Body Double
Craig Wasson in Body Double
SS14 turquoise slub linen shirt. In the Savile Row and Online sales now.
Two screen shots from Meet Me in Rio (bottom), Savile Row’s collective contribution of sorts to last month’s London Collections: Men.
The short film shows the eponymous English Gentleman visiting Savile Row and thereabouts to prepare his wardrobe for the place they famously call the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City). It was directed by Sean Thomas and it stars Ed Stoppard and friends.
This season’s The English Gentleman (which also included a number if images that you can see by following @SavileRowCollec on Twitter) was produced by Sammy Aki, Lloyd Almond and Anda Rowland. All was styled by Sammy Aki and Audie Charles. And generous support was given by Woolmark.
Pocket squares aside, we contributed a lightweight denim blue two-piece suit and quite a striking oversized scarf
Yes, it’s Andreas Feet, our man from the Bespoke and Savile Row shops with an uncanny eye for making sure you’re always looking your best.
Andreas has just returned from his native Bergen where he’s been filming Det Store Symesterskapet (The Great Sewing Championship, if you didn’t know), a needle-sharp Scandi take on The Great British Sewing Bee. It’s not all knitting in Norway.
His Richard James judging credentials aside, Andreas studied bespoke tailoring at the London College of Fashion.
With the right satellite dish or cable connection, you can see the six episodes of The Great Sewing Championship on NRK1 starting in October.
Andreas with fellow The Great Sewing Championship judge Tine Solheim
The Great Sewing Championship studio at rest
Left to right: The Great Sewing Championship host Christine Hope, with judges Tine Solheim and Andreas Feet
Summer for some and quite the opposite for others.
Spare a thought for our friend and customer Dr James Townsend if you’re enjoying sunnier climes, for it is now midwinter in Antarctica where he is serving as Chief Medical Officer at the Halley VI Research Station.
And midwinter means a brisk -40〫Centigrade or thereabouts and storm-force winds, which – no sloaches – run from 48mph to 63mph.
Here we see James putting his made-to-measure Richard James mid-grey three-piece – which, correctly, he took with him to wear on high days and holidays – to the test.
“Colder and windier than even last year. Standing was barely possible and after a minute of so outside I ended up with an ear and beard full of snow and half a totally numb face,” he reports. “An extreme test of how well crafted the suit is. And it’s still in perfect condition after a good defrosting!”
Here’s the Vickers Bicycle Company’s Sundown Town in the window of the Bespoke shop.
Built to commemorate this year’s Tour de France – which gets underway in Leeds this Saturday, 5th July – the machine takes its inspiration from an ice blue Cool Wool two-piece suit from our SS14 Sundown collection. And a cotton cap is firmly tipped to Le Tour’s iconic maillot jaune with a bold stripe of yellow on the inside of the front forks and the back of the seat tube.
Each bike is handmade, to measure, from Reynolds 853 steel tubing – an upgrade from the standard Town’s 631 tubing – while the enhanced finishing kit includes a selection of high-end components from Nitto, Sugino, Paul Comp as well as Brooks England’s new Cambium organic cotton saddle.
It all adds up to a bike that’s the perfect fit, incredibly easy to ride and needs very little maintenance.