A decade later, Ryan Gosling’s jacket is still ordered at ‘Drive’ Thru

It’s 2011: AllSaints makes a fortune, the upload of 623 photos of Big Night Out to Facebook is considered normal, and everyone is losing their minds over a dreamy ’80s pastiche of an action movie that stars Ryan Gosling beat several proverbial shades. from horrible men to synth-pop lullabies by professionally awkward indie artists. Conduct, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 hit — his only hit, perhaps — was huge. Is huge, in fact.

Few action films have so delicately peppered real and compelling emotion into a long blockbuster set. It could so easily have been Jason Statham in The carrier (if you’ve never heard of it, don’t hesitate). But instead, the heist movie is more artier, nobler, and better dressed. So sharp is that Conduct convinced several men to take the charming Harrington IRL jacket, scorpion and all, oblivious to the fact that they were disguising themselves as the real murderer.

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But for everything Conductit’s LA fantasy, a world in which bank robberies are a daily occurrence and young ladies must be rescued with a padded briefcase, the film gave the Harrington jacket a boost. Simpler, more classic versions have started to seep into The Culture again. Not since Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crowne Affair had the classic enjoyed such huge approval in Hollywood – and counting.

Just last week, Gosling revisited the jacket that launched a thousand Halloween costumes. Although instead of a carbon copy, 41-year-old Harrington became Gucci. There’s a monogram there, but it’s more subtle than the logomania of the past, hidden in a check instead. No scorpions here! And, it’s another strong entry into what has been a very well-dressed run for Gosling’s absurdist action flick, The gray man.

First the costume of emotionally stunted British actors, then that of mods, Northern Soul kids, Britpoppers and indie Cindys, the Harrington jacket is still on a man’s back that has helped him stay on top. And it wasn’t just the decision of a wardrobe department: Gosling backs a Harrington now because he liked a Harrington then. “Ryan was really inspired by these 1950s Korean souvenir jackets,” ConductErin Benach’s costume designer told a now-defunct pop culture blog Grantland in 2011. “We started thinking ‘wow, this might look really cool’…So we built it piece by piece.” More than a decade later, there are still plenty of miles left in the tank.

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