I'm late to the party but just saw Collateral last night on hotel cable. I seem to recall a thread on the gray minimalist suit he wears-- allegedly the product of an obscure Oriental tailor. The suit has narrow lapels with an unusual gorge, single button front, longish side vents, beltless slacks without side tabs, and a single cuff button that in one scene appeared to have a diagonal-cut buttonhole. The overall effect is sleek and almost machine like-- director Michael Mann seems to have matched the gray dyed color of Cruises's hair, suggesting a metallic killing organism. He uses some motion-control techniques to give Cruise superhuman speed in the nightclub fight and briefcase chase scenes, presumably to underscore this. I'm tempted to have one made (or adapted from a more conventionally cut suit), though I would return the lapel width to a more conventional halfway-to-the-shoulder seam width, possibly with a modest peak or else a fishmouth effect. I'm considering fabric-covered buttons in the suit fabric. The gray color is a question mark-- I'm not gray yet. Opinions? Details?
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1/17/05 at 2:00am