British cinema experienced a slight dip in popularity in terms of indigenous film production, but has been enjoying something of a renaissance in the last few years. Not only is British film production on the rise but so too are independent cinemas, obscure film screenings and outdoor film locations.
The British film and TV industry has inspired many a fashion trend – most of which can still be seen on the streets of London today. Nobody does a cult movie quite like the Brits, and what’s best about cult movies is that elements of them are always retained in mainstream culture. Take the below five films for instance:
Although Spice World was indeed based on a much larger franchise – the Spice Girls themselves – this film and all that the Britpop band entails, reflects a certain period in British music, fashion, and culture. Although the group of five each had very diverse styles, one thing you could always count on them for was a good denim skirt. Since the 90’s, thousands of Spice Girls-inspired denim skirts can be spotted on the streets of London at any given time. The iconic denim skirt has become a classic in British style and can be found in high-street shops, designer boutiques, and online stores like Peter Hahn.
This is England
This is England is one of the all-time favourite British cult films about a young group of skinheads growing up in the 80’s and deals with issues like class, racism, violence and drug abuse. Although it was probably not the intention, the film just so happened to inspire London style for years to come. The bomber jackets, dungarees, skinned hairstyles, Dr Martens and buttoned up shirts are possibly one of the trendiest movie styles to hit London.
The Third Man
Although set in post-war Vienna, The Third Man is possibly one of the most iconic British-made films. It did wonders for London’s winter coat and hat game – for both men and women alike. With Alida Valli’s Mackintosh and fedora or Orson Welles’ trench coats, pea coats and (of course) a fedora, the style of the two characters influenced many wintery months in London.
Withnail and I
London has always been a big fan of tweed but in many different styles. Withnail and I was one of the first cult films to feature it so prominently, and it did so in the form of Withnail’s floor-length tweed coat. The material originally came from Scotland and has “old-fashioned” associations even today—despite it having made many an appearance on the catwalks in the last decade. Whether as cropped trousers for women or men’s blazers, the traditional fabric has become quite a common sight in London. Timeless tweed pieces can often be found in London’s many vintage shops.