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In T2, the original film’s main characters – older but no wiser – cross paths in the adult entertainment industry.

What: The sequel to 1996’s Trainspotting, the cult film that broke into the mainstream, capturing and sparking off alternative ’80s and ’90s fashion and sub-cultural trends.


The ’80s blue collar wardrobe of the original film.

Why: Directed by Danny Boyle pre-Slumdog Millionaire and made for just US$2 million (S$2.8 million), the first film earned some cross-generational repute for its visual and sartorial impact (and a gross that was 35 times of its cost). We expect a similar response-and-effect for the follow-up (released to mark the 21st anniversary of the original film) that’s loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s novel Porno. It encapsulates everything that was cool about the ’90s – the reunited cast of Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller (whose careers were red-hot back then); the music (Iggy Pop’s punk and Underworld’s techno are in the trailers), and the characters’ less-than-legit (pre)occupations. And, of course, the fashion.

The S/S ’17 looks that could have been inspired by them. From left: Gosha Rubchinskiy, Vetements

The original movie’s slacker, street-influenced wardrobe (track suits, grungy denim, oversized tailoring) would fit right into a Vetements or Gosha Rubchinskiy collection.

From left: Alexander Wang, Balenciaga

And in the publicity run-up to T2, we spied McGregor and co in sporty, utilitarian duds Raf Simons would approve of, while Bremner pulled off a floral shirt-and-shorts combo that’s spot on Balenciaga S/S ’17.

Where: In cinemas islandwide from March 2 (yeah, we’re early, but for a show this anticipated, why not?)

Movie stills: Rex Features. Runway photos: 

This story first appeared on Female’s February 2017 issue. 

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