ROKIT TOP 10: SUMMER HOLIDAY FILMS
Even though the London skies seem to disagree, summer has technically arrived! To get ourselves into the sunshine mood we've compiled a list of our favourite summer holiday movies from musical classics to cult thrillers. Take a peek at our summer faves and wish away those gloomy clouds!
Words by Olivia Girling and Sophie Soar
Roman Holiday (1953)
Starring the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn as a curious princess travelling around Europe on a widely publicised tour and the handsome Gregory Peck as an enamoured reporter, this romantic comedy is a true tribute to the American film industry and Hepburn's legacy.
The American beauty in her undercover princess get up opts for loose white blouses, silk neck ties and the classic a-line fifties skirt, cinched at the waist to sculpt a flattering, feminine figure. Add a belt, sunglasses and doe-like eyes for the Hepburn look.
Location: Tropical Island
This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical centres around Nellie Forbush - an American nurse based on a South Pacific island during World War II - and her growing romance with expatriate French plantation owner, Emile de Becque. The gorgeous sunsets and landscape of Hanalei Bay on the Hawaiian island of Kauai served as a perfect filming location for this summer classic.
For this look, denim is the base, paired with a t-shirt barely containing a muscled sailor. The look is then complete with a white cap perched perfectly atop one's head. As for the girls, the flattering fifties fit hugs the curves of an hourglass figure, with high waisted shorts and a bikini top to match.
Location: Chicago, IL
Perhaps Marilyn Monroe's most famous film, Some Like It Hot was a firm favourite in the late 50s and remains so today, widely recognised as one of the greatest comic successes in film history. The romantic comedy is set in 1929, telling the story of two musicians who escape the mafia through drag disguises. Include the tantilising twenties and prohibition laws, two speakeasy workers running from their bosses and the enchanting Marilyn Monroe armed with a ukelele; a hit success was always destined.
Despite filmed and shown across the globe in black and white, colour film was becoming increasingly popular around this time. This however does not limit the styling notes to take from Some Like It Hot, in which the director works upon Monroe's sex appeal, particularly exaggerated in comparison to her co-stars in drag. The lingerie is endless, with a fabulous kimono thrown in every now and again.
Location: Amity Island, MA
Maybe not the jolly holiday film you want to be thinking of before jetting off to the seaside, but the original Jaws has definitely been labelled one of the best shark movies of all time (not that it has much competition - remember Sharknado?).
The film's characters appear to split into two categorical looks: those who don a one piece and circular spectacles, head on down to the golden sand, and maybe don't stray too far from the shore! Or those who get their bikinis on, dangle their tasty limbs in front an enormous predator and test fate with a man-eating shark... Your choice!
Location: Castle Rock, OR
This eighties classic, telling the story of four young boys and their self-defining journey to discover the body of a young boy killed in an accident near their homes, rests close to the heart of all who watch it. The memory of this shared summer experience is awakened when Gordie Lachance's friend passes.
Location: Catskill Mountains, NY
Nothing makes us crave a summer romance more than Patrick and Jennifer in everyone's favourite, Dirty Dancing. When the Houseman family go on a summer vacay to the Kellerman's resort in the Catskill Mountains, it's not just Baby (Grey) getting to spend time with Johnny Castle (Swayze) that we're jealous of - the early sixties outfits are to DIE for.
Baby wins Johnny's heart through dance, accompanied with the perfect sixties get up: cropped white shirt and high waisted denim shorts as off-duty dance wear or leotard, tights and a pair plimsolls during training. Johnny alternatively opts for high waisted black jeans, black tank top and leather jacket, paired perfected with that heart melting smile. So get your sixties on and have the time of your life! But maybe practise The Lift a little bit before you start showing off…
Location: The Hamptons, NY
Let's be honest, who doesn't love a dark comedy set in the Hamptons?! We won't spoil you too much but the movie's tagline is "Bernie Lomax would be the perfect host except for one small thing… He's dead." Take that as you will, but it's a holiday film, it makes us laugh, and for those reasons it's going on the list!
Despite his immobile state, Bernie still sports a fabulously eighties attire of bright blue jacket (somewhat out of place and raising eyebrows considering the sunny setting) and round, Elton John-esque sunnies. Richard and Larry, Bernie's unfortunate guests, alternatively opt for hawaiian shirts and checked board shorts. A surprisingly slightly more laid back holiday look compared to their host.
Location: Mojave Desert, NV
We all know Johnny Depp as one of the weirdest and wackiest of actors in Hollywood, perhaps perfectly epitomised in the film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's semi-autobiographical novel. Depp plays the bizarre journalist Raoul Duke, travelling across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with Dr. Gonzo, his attorney, played by Benicio Del Toro.
The alcohol and drug fuelled journey, involving one drug binge after another, works pyschaedlic delusion into an iconic look of orange lens aviators, bucket hat and hawaiian shirts. The effect is one of loathsome, drugged up mayhem.
A pyschological thriller starring an all famous cast including Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwynth Paltrow, Damon's character travels from New York to Italy under the false pretenses of knowing Law's character (Dickie Greenleaf) and set with the task of returning him home to his father. However greed, jealousy and desire overrides Ripley, creating a recipe for disaster.
Set in the 1950s, Ripley's wardrobe consists predominantly of cotton shirts, rolled up linen trousers and plimsolls; the holiday look is offset with a pair of adorable specs, creating the perfect disguise for an unassuming criminal. Dickie's style alternatively pinpoints rich kid on tour with daddy's trust fund, sporting blazers, classic fifties shirts and signet ring.
Location: A "paradise" island, Thailand.
As our final pick of Top 10 Summer Holiday films, can you go wrong with a Leo DiC special? Playing an American backpacker looking for adventure, Leo's character Richard arrives in Bangkok and winds up searching for a perfect paradise beach in a location forbidden to all. But of course, all that glitters is not gold and the reality of secluded life and a conflicting community leads the plot to a dark turn...
The film first introduces Richard as a bewildered, excitable tourist in a noughties pair of swim trunks and printed tee. However he soon adopts a half naked approach to beach dressing, styled with a beaded necklace and half crazed glaze in his eyes. Don't forget some hair gel to imitate those sea salt encrusted locks.