Knowing that American Hustle was set in the 1970’s, I knew that I was bound to be amazed by the styling of the cast. I believe that the 70’s was one of the best decades for women’s fashion; the soft, unstructured way that dresses and tops would lay across the woman’s body gave such a sex appeal to that era. For men, I was less interested in the fabrics, but more interested in the prints and colors. It was a time where “peacocking” had no favoritism to the rich or the menswear astute.
Anytime Amy Adams’ character walked was a fashion moment. I have never seen Adams in such a way; it was as if she had her very own album to come out at midnight via Instagram.
Aside from all Amy Adams moments (and Jennifer Lawrence’s comic relief for the movie which is Oscar-worthy) there were to scenes that summed up why the coats and outerwear from American Hustle were inspirational and coveted;
American Hustle Fashion
In the dry cleaner’s scene, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Proser (Amy Adams) go into the lost and found room to try on clothes that were left behind from previous patrons. This mini fashion show was an outerwear heaven; full of prints, furs, and passion.
The second, and most sartorial of scenes was the jet scene when both Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) are bringing the fake Sheikh to meet with Mayor Polito (Jeremy Renner). The plaid of the coat was bold, yet neutral, and the cut of the coat was tailored to perfection. Nothing compared to the camel corduroy full-length coat that Bradley Cooper was wearing in that scene. It took me back to the Fall 2013 Collection of Zang Toi when he donned an amazing corduroy jacket with fur lapel down the runway.