16 February 2009

Dickie Greenleaf for Dunhill


Photography by Greg Williams

Based on Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel of the same name, the 1999 adaption of The Talented Mr. Ripley has to be one of my favourite contemporary movies. Starring the likes of Jude Law, Matt Damon and Gywenth Paltrow, the movie is set against the beautiful surroundings of 1950s Italy. Narrating the story of a young and astounding impersonator named Tom Ripley, the movie takes us on a thrilling and often unsettling journey as he tries to make the wonderful life of Dickie Greenleaf's his own.

The chosen locations throughout the film are visually sumptuous and made futher more so due to the wonderful cinematography. The movie also caters to those with a love of fashion, indeed the stylists managed to gain a nomination for Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards. Damon and Law's characters, of Tom Ripley and Dickie Greenleaf respectively, embody the effortlessly cool and elegant menswear of the 1950s. Not to be overpowered by the stunning wardrobe choices, the duo also provide spellbinding performances.

As such I was pleasantly surprised when a more mature Jude was announced as the face of London based brand, Dunhill, in the latter half of 2007. Since the first campaign during the first quarter of 2008, the choice has left me pleasantly surprised with each release. Not only are the photographs beautifully made, the styling is equally so. Each time I see these I simply remember Jude's early role in Mr. Ripley.

An English gentleman for an English brand.

Currently playing: If I Had Eyes - Jack Johnson

xxxx

35 comments:

  1. I've never thought of Jude Law as much of a gentleman.. Too much cheating and whatnot. However, I can't deny that he looks great, especially in these photos.

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  2. Shen-Shen: I know what you mean. I was thinking more in terms of his persona in the shoots.

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  3. The first thing I thought when I saw these photos a few months ago was that they did a great job implanting hair to hide his receding hairline. But yes, TMR was like a WASP's wet dream with all of the striped polos & tailored shorts with boat shoes. le coq sportif, anyone?

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  4. omg he's that good-looking!! adorable! he's absolutely to die for, isn't he?

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  5. Oh that is one of my faaaaave movies. And DG is looking rather handsome - the last photo the paps took of him, he looked like he was losing his hair, but I guess he is undiminished!
    And you are sooo welcome for the link - your article was fab as usual, so it's my pleasure!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  6. He's quite the hottie. Real men wear trench coats!

    xoxo

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  7. Great photos. I love Judd Law.
    I love Phillip Seymour Hoffman in that movie.

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  8. The pictures are great and really channel an entire mood, character, and time...they even make me like Jude.

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  9. he looks great, don't think i love his character, love the picture witht the white suit!xx

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  10. I don't know why but I used to like Jude more before, but the picture before last...wa wa wee wa.
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  11. haha thanks for dropping by my last post. i guess it's all downhill from here :(

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  12. These shots really are gorgeous!

    xoxo,
    La C.

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  13. nice shots.
    love the one of Jude in the cockpit, with those sunglasses on.

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  14. I love higsmith's work..and jude..always dashing! She should really be read on some sort of literary level..especially, her short stories.

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  15. I used to have such a crush on him..I'd draw him..I even have a T-shirt I drew of an angel that looks a lot like him..I know..take of picture..Its kind fo washed out now.

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  16. i havent seen this, but i really want to after your review!
    i love jude :)
    mxx

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  17. you just reminded me that mr ripley is a movie i still havent seen.

    i have to admit jude law is quite stylish in terms of dress. i found his "worldwide public apology" to sienna, that was an ultimate NO NO.

    the clothes are absolutely beautiful. i love military shirts with epaulets. and the all white suit with navy accessories, is perfection.

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  18. Can't say I think much of Dunhill right now, or of Mr. Law for that matter.

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  19. What lovely shots, I must say I agree with you about the effortlessly cool style of that era. I think he's a great pic for the brand, personal life aside. Hey people, we all make mistakes!

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  20. jude law is such a talent. loved him in the talented mr ripley too! it had me on edge of my seat. like these dunhill ads.
    hope your feeling a lot better hon.
    x
    marian

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  21. Before I even read your description, I kept thinking how much this reminded me of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
    I'm not the biggest fan of Jude Law as an individual, but I can't deny his charm and talent. He does look fantastic in these photos!

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  22. ooooooooooooooo JUDE!! thank you thank you thank you for this.

    and YES Mr. Ripley...what an aaaaaamazing film. it's one of my favs

    xx LM

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  23. dashing... even with the controversy still lingering about him ;)

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  24. Wow, he is so HOT!! Hihihi. :->

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  25. Jude Law is one of my fav actors...n i love tha ad campaign :o)

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  26. thanks!:) Like your fotos. they are awesome!:D

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  27. Do not confuse this sad re-make that does not touch the original Plein Soleil, starring the fantastic Alain Delon. Plein Soleil is THE film to view, and follow it up with the recent Ripley's Game.

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  28. Anon: I do agree with you, Plein Soleil is an absolutely fantastic adaptation. I was simple exampling in terms of contemporary cinema, which given P.s's 1960 release date, I can not factor in.

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  29. I would marry Jude Law if I could.

    (Even though he'd probably sneak around with the nanny behind my back =:P).

    AHAHAA! What a beautiful campaign.

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