A film that, on paper, should be excruciating (a paean to old Hollywood that happens to also be a musical) La La Land is a proper triumph that manages to infuse an easy nostalgia with wry humour, warm visuals and a brilliant original score, marking it out as both a critical darling and the hot tea break topic of the moment.
But beyond all that cinematic praise, the film's wardrobe is another winner, with Ryan Gosling's fledgling jazz musician taking charge of a series of retro ensembles that manage to channel the spirit of old-fashioned power dressing without coming off as whimsical or contrived.
Arguably the most stylish film of the year (and it's only January) here we show you the key fashion take aways from this actually really good modern musical.
1 | Mix and match your tailoring
An approach and aesthetic that, in our opinion, is often under utilised, Ryan Gosling makes an arresting case for mixing and matching your tailoring; alternating as he does between stone, camel and navy blazers chopped up with charcoal, black and indigo flat-front trousers.
The result is a stylish medley of colour and texture that will help keep your favourite pieces in steady rotation, as well as adding a carefree touch to your day-to-day suiting, beyond grey and navy two-pieces. Not that there's anything wrong with those, obviously.
2 | The camp-collar isn't going anywhere
Coming back into fashion during the spring of 2016, fifties-style camp-collar shirts are set to remain in style this year, whether in wild floral patterns or more manageable shades of powder blue, off white or navy - which is what our man Gosling opts for throughout the more casual scenes in the film.
Beyond its trendy credentials, the camp collar is a versatile piece that works particularly well when worn over the top of a white t-shirt and wide leg trousers, while trainers, derbies or loafers can all be thrown into the mix for different finishes.
3 | Ties can work hard if you pick them wisely
While he's a man without peer when it comes to the 'air tie', Gosling's old school, leading man look in La La Land requires a more traditional approach to neckwear - but dull grey nooses these are not.
Complimenting his enviable range of tailoring, the ties on show add bite to the (typically) earthy tone of suiting, with green, maroon and even yellow (which works well with brown) making an appearance.
4 | Two-tone shoes aren't just for tap dancing
Ok, we'll admit that the black and white brogues sported by Gosling are a bit too Singing in the rain meets Strictly for us, but that doesn't mean that stylish shoes with contrasting colours are off the menu. You've just got to order carefully... you know?
Stick to complimentary colours that err on the subtle side, like black and oxblood or light and dark blues. Or just opt for a single colour with a standout detail.
5 | Every man needs one great navy suit
With much of the film's style focus centered on the retro appeal of Gosling's wardrobe, it can be easy to miss the subtle appearance of an Esquire favourite: the omnipotent navy suit.
Your first, last and everything when it comes to timeless style, a good navy two piece is an endlessly customisable formal base from which to build a good look.
If, however, you're looking to add some edge to traditional navy tailoring, then a shade of 'power blue' from the likes of Paul Smith is a louder, but still versatile choice.