Top Hellraisers

GRACE AND DANGER - STYLISH HELLRAISERS (PART I)

06/04/2016 09:00

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while ago I posted the anniversary of Peter Christian hero, Oliver Reed’s birthday on our social media pages, want as I am to remember his like.

The positive response from friends of Peter Christian was unsurpassed.

Dear old Ollie would have only been 78 this year, but like many of those we like and admire, he had a cavalier approach to life. While, naturally, I do not advocate a life of dissolution beyond my 3-bottle rule, so much of our current existence is nannied and controlled, terrorised daily by traffic warden, health police and the non-ironic end of political correctitude.

Ollie and the boys represent our inner rebel. These gents grasped life by the horns, untroubled by detail, by-law or petty etiquette (not to be mistaken for good manners).

It is surely no coincidence that, for the most part, they were individual, brave and distinctive dressers. Starting with Ollie, here in no particular order is a look at my top ‘Hellraisers’ …


Oliver Reed

OLIVER REED

I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth

- Oliver Reed

Alleged to have been a descendent of Peter the Great, Oliver was nephew of film director Sir Carol Reed and grandson of legendary actor manager, Sir Herbert Beerbohm-Tree. His face was scarred in a bar fight in 1963 for which he received 63 stitches and which secured his role as a tough guy when he decamped to Hollywood. When Steve McQueen flew to London to discuss a film with Reed, Ollie took him on a pub crawl which resulted in him vomiting on McQueen. His subsequent drinking partner was Keith Moon of The Who: both men modelled their drinking on legendary actor-soak Robert Newton. Despite often waking up in the gutter, Ollie was well-dressed whether in beatnik leathers, Breton or Savile Row stripes.

THE OLIVER REED LOOK

Ocean Blue Donegal Tweed 3 Piece Suit
£495
5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
Ocean Blue Donegal Tweed 2 Piece Suit
£400
5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
Ecru & Navy Armor-lux Breton T-Shirt
£50
or 2 for £90
4.3 / 5 (6 Reviews)
Navy & Red Armor-lux Breton T-Shirt
£50
or 2 for £90
4.3 / 5 (6 Reviews)
Navy & White Armor-lux Breton T-Shirt
£50
or 2 for £90
4.3 / 5 (6 Reviews)
Ecru & Red Armor-lux Breton T-Shirt
£50
or 2 for £90
4.3 / 5 (6 Reviews)
Birkin Silk Scarf
£45
4.8 / 5 (4 Reviews)

Peter O'Toole

PETER O'TOOLE

I know nothing at all about women. They are an amazing, beautiful mystery

- Peter O'Toole

Connemara-born, bookie’s son O’Toole was once so drunk he tried to pay for sex in a Nunnery. He could drink a bottle of whisky without pausing for breath and once pretended to cut off the tip of his, er… O’tool and eat it, causing an actress to faint, not realising he had substituted a banana for the dishonourable member. One of the most beautiful men of his generation, despite his razor cheekbones and brilliant blue eyes, he still had a nose job before Lawrence of Arabia. Equally elegant in Djellaba or Donegal Tweed…

THE PETER O'TOOLE LOOK

Emerald Green Luxury Velvet Jacket
£185
5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
Burgundy Red Luxury Velvet Jacket
£185
5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
Navy Blue Luxury Velvet Jacket
£185
5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
Oat Cream Harris Tweed Jacket
£210
4.9 / 5 (17 Reviews)
Blue Harris Tweed Jacket
£210
4.9 / 5 (17 Reviews)
Lovat Green Harris Tweed Jacket
£210
4.9 / 5 (17 Reviews)
Bengal Stripe Shirt
£35
or 2 for £60
4.6 / 5 (11 Reviews)

Errol Flynn

ERROL FLYNN

The public has always expected me to be a playboy, and a decent chap never lets his public down

- Errol Flynn

Expelled from school in Sydney for seduction of the school laundress, young Flynn fled to Papua New Guinea to seek his fortune (and fail) in tobacco planting and metal mining. Finding better success in theatrical rep in England, he was sacked for throwing a lady stage manager down the stairs, after which he was signed by Warner Bros as a contract actor. Errol cornered the market in swashbuckling roles through the 30s, but was equally famous for his prodigious appetite for booze and young women. 'In like Flynn’ was the famous phrase that followed him, referring to his ease of seduction and the legendary size of his sabre. With his career in decline by the 50s, Flynn sailed aimlessly around the Mediterranean in his yacht, bloated by drink and drugs and dogged by scandals of underage sex, succumbing to cirrhosis at 50. In his prime, no one looked better suited and booted than Errol – or with sword in hand, wearing tights.

THE ERROL FLYNN LOOK

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5 / 5 (3 Reviews)

 

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