LONDON — Mr Porter’s in-house men’s wear label Kingsman has created 16-piece capsule in the spirit of “Rocketman,” the biopic about Elton John. The collection will launch on May 29.
While the singer is known for his flashy fashion, the retailer took a decidedly different focus and turned to the wardrobe of Reid, the singer’s manager and ex-boyfriend.
“Double-breasted tailoring is the epitome of the Kingsman brand — as the ‘Rocketman’ biopic is set throughout the 1970s where double-breasted styles were at their most popular, it was a no-brainer to highlight this and create a capsule collection inspired by the fabrics, prints and styles of the era, as worn by the character John Reid. The Rocketman by Kingsman capsule has been a great way to further Mr Porter’s existing partnership with Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn, who is a producer on the ‘Rocketman’ film,” said Sam Kershaw, buying manager for Mr Porter.
Although the collection is mostly suits, dress shirts and ties, with a focus on sharp tailoring, it’s also colorful and ornate. There’s a blue velvet tuxedo jacket with a bright red lining a paisley-printed dress shirt with a pointed collar and a vibrant selection of silk ties ranging from pink paisley to a shimmery and multicolored.
It also features a pocket square by Kingsman and Turnbull & Asser and a pair of Chelsea boots by Kingsman and George Cleverley. The boots have been designed with a unique last that will only be used for this collection.
“When designing this unique boot we looked over old iconic styles worn by men in that era, such as John Reid and Elton John and what was popular with the music culture in the 1960s. What was iconic then was the pointed toe shape of the original winkle-picker boot. It was important to get this just right so we incorporated Reid’s style,” said George Glasgow Jr., chief executive officer of George Cleverley.
Prices range from 75 pounds for the pocket square to 1,250 pounds for the velvet tuxedo jacket.
The partnership is a continuation of the Mr Porter Kingsman’s “costume to collection” project. Previous collaborations include designs inspired by the films “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”