For most people 2016 isn't a year that will evoke much nostalgia. From lost icons to political catastrophes, in many ways it was a year to forget. But in the world of film, 2016 was a most stylish success. From taut thrillers to cynical comedies (and even a musical) the artful style on display last year at the box office was a thing of beauty. Here are the most stylish films of 2016.
There isn't much Tom Ford touches that doesn't turn to gold. The fashion icon's follow-up to the uber-stylish Academy Award-nominated A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals proved Ford was no one-hit wonder. Boasting a powerful screenplay and poignant performances from Jake Gylenhaal and Amy Adams, the film's intriguing plot is underscored by Ford's attention to detail and sharp curation. Adams' pristine look is as clean and artistic as the gallery she owns and perfectly contrasts Gylenhaal's rugged desert ensemble in this allegorical thriller.
Starring: Jake Gylenhaal, Amy Adams
Director: Tom Ford
Once you get off your high horse and embrace the fact that yes, this is indeed a musical, La La Land will quickly win you over. Bouyed by sweeping performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the real Golden Globe winner was the costume design team. Gosling's retro West Coast looks throughout the film were perfectly tailored and diverse—ranging from three piece suits to keytar-matching faux red leather jackets.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Director: Damien Chazelle
This neo-Western stickup thriller has been lauded for its stark portrayal of modern day Middle America. Benefitting from meticulous cinematography and a strong cast, the film proves that even bank robberies and foreclosures can be stylish under the right circumstances. By the time the credits roll you'll no doubt be in the mood for a new set of distressed denim, chambray shirts and leather boots. But there's one item we'd recommend leaving on the big screen: the bolo.
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster
Director: David Mackenzie
It's not often that a movie can be dark, twisted, hilarious and moving all at once but The Lobster checks every box. A unique dystopian script and a sharp leading performance from Colin Farrell, who gained forty pounds in preparation for the role, made the film one of the most original and enjoyable of 2016. Expect suits, ties, swimming trunks, hunting jackets and blood-stained white button-ups in this offbeat love story of style and substance.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos