COOLER THAN CAMO
Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter is still Hollywood’s best primer on how to look epic in the great outdoors (and the big city), writes Michael Hainey
Thirty-nine years ago, director Michael Cimino gave us The Deer Hunter. With the passing of time, it has revealed itself as perhaps the singular document of late-20thcentury America, a movie that predicted where that nation was headed: tight-knit male friendships and values-centred communities are shredded by economic collapse and the ravages of war. So it almost feels lame to talk about the wardrobe. But as with any great film, there’s the story and there are the visuals.
The Deer Hunter is loaded with style, including a scene in which a young Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale go hunting in the Allegheny mountains. Yes, Cazale is wearing a ruffled tuxedo shirt. Yes, Walken is wearing a fur hat with a bike reflector on it. And then there is De Niro, sporting an orange Holubar coat. If you are old enough, you may remember these as “60/40” coats — also called mountain parkas — made of a water-repellent, insulating cotton-nylon shell. I always dug them because they’re the American version of Barbour jackets: built for the woods but just as cool-looking in the city. They’re in a class of hard-wearing gear that’ll make even the most indoor guys want to get out of their element.
Orange cotton-nylon parka,
£435, by Holubar
Brown nylon backpack, £170, by Filson
Brown leather/nylon boots,
£1,190, by Visvim
White canvas-bamboo-steel chair, £120, by Snow Peak Green stainless steel flask,
£20, by Stanley
Blue/white; red cotton bandanas, £32 each, by Imogene + Willie
Visvim’s boots channel vintage Americana and feature custom Vibram soles; Filson’s nylon field pack is rugged and roomy, unadorned with useless pockets