Although it's a bold assertion, there is truth in the statement that no man looks bad in the right peacoat. With its military origins, flattering cut and balanced design, this style of coat is a dependable wardrobe classic that has remained in fashion for decades - and is unlikely to go anywhere soon. Indeed, designers from Valentino to Paul Smith, by way of Alexander McQueen and Gucci, have included them in their AW12 collections, and here at FASHIONSPAM our main consolation now that summer is fading is that we'll soon be able to reach for our peacoats. Check the gallery below to see a handful of men who have worn them well, and to learn more about the origins of this enduring style staple!
"For me, style is about mixing the best that both traditional and contemporary design offers. It must reflect your soul, not that of someone else's." We couldn't agree more.
Mr Bassani, 54, has caused something of a maritime shake-up. Since establishing his company in Monte Carlo in 1994, the Italian has been instrumental in rewriting the rules of yacht construction with his distinctive, high-performance designs. "Boats have been my passion, and my family's passion, since I was born," says Mr Bassani. "Spending all my summers in Portofino as a child until I was 15, and therefore spending a lot of time with the locals - both old sailors and young guys living there - saw me become one of them." And it's a passion that only grew stronger. "I was fortunate enough to experience everything from cruising and racing, sailing and power, from an early age and so there came a point when I decided that the offer on the market was poor - and I wanted to improve that by changing the rules of the game."
Mr Leech *Downtown Abbey* was born in Killiney in Ireland and studied acting at Trinity College in Dublin, has appeared in two other historical dramas (HBO's Rome in 2007 and Showtime'sThe Tudorsin 2010), he has a diverse set of films, TV shows and theatre productions under his belt. In the upcoming thriller The Sweeney he plays Simon Ellis, a member of a brutal-but-effective elite police squad - a world apart from the fanciful costumes and cut-glass accents of Downton. Meanwhile, Mr Leech describes the time he spent last year starring in Mr Mike Leigh's West End production Ecstasy as "One of the most enjoyable experiences I have had professionally", and he has another film releasing soon. Titled In Fear, it is a tense psychological horror flick produced for Film4 and StudioCanal.
Are there any characters you've played whose outfits have influenced your personal style?
"Well, the jacket I'm wearing right now is from The Sweeney so I guess I have! Not always, though. For [the 2003 film] Cowboys & Angels there was this red leather jacket, and as a joke I brought it out and said, "What about this for my character?" and of course it turned out it actually was his jacket, but in the end it looked great on camera."
As an actor do you feel there's pressure to look good?
"I think there is, yes. If I'm honest, I probably pay more attention to what I'm wearing when Downton is on, or when The Sweeney is out I think I'll be more aware of it. But at the end of the day, I cycle around London a lot so comfort is always a factor."
Which actors' style do you admire?
"Daniel Craig looks great both on screen as Bond and off screen. Ben Whishaw has good style as well."
In random order: Brad Pitt, Caleb Landry Jones, Chris O’Dowd, David Cronenberg, Garrett Hedlund, Harvey Weinstein, Jeremy Irons, Nicole Kidman, Michael Haneke, Sam Riley, Shari Sebbens, Sarah Gadon, Tahar Rahim, Wes Anderson, Xavier Dolan and Zac Efron, photographed by Peter Lindbergh and styled by Michael Philouze, for the Fall 2012 issue of T Magazine.