8 Spring Jackets

With Alfie Allen

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This spring, menswear hits the road with classic bomber jackets and blousons. At the wheel for Esquire? Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen.

(Top image - Brown suede blouson with grey collar, £650; beige cotton shirt, £105; brown and blue checked silk tie, £75, all by Hackett. Navy denim jeans, £35, by Uniqlo)
Car: 1968 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda

Alfie Allen is in a good mood. Over breakfast at a Soho hotel, the 25-year-old Londoner is infectiously cheerful, reeling off stories in an enthusiastic flurry of accents, from RP to Hollywood.

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He’s forged his acting career on his own, but Allen comes from British showbiz royalty. Mother Alison Owen is an Oscar-nominated producer; dad is Keith Allen, comic actor and hell-raiser. His sister is Lily Cooper (née Allen).

Did he feel pressure to excel because of his family’s successes? “Not at all.” He grins. “Although, if there was one thing that used to get on my tits, it was that Lily had money. I used to think, ‘I want that spending power!’”

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Allen’s own currency is rapidly appreciating. After early parts in Atonement with Keira Knightley, and the superb Freefall, a BBC credit-crunch drama, Allen was cast alongside Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage in HBO’s Game of Thrones in 2010, a sprawling, addictive medieval fantasy epic dubbed ‘The Sopranos in Middle Earth’.

“When my agent called me, I was so, so happy, dude.” His character in Game of Thrones, Theon Greyjoy, is the son of a nobleman. “He’s a bit naughty, and he also has quite a lot of sex.”

In April, the show returns for a second series and Allen’s role gets bigger. “It’s going to be awesome,” he says. “There’s a massive struggle involving love, power and dragons.”

What’s next? “I’m not fussed. I’ve got an LA agent now, but I’ve got nothing to prove to anyone other than myself.” He laughs. “Although an Oscar would be nice.”

Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic on April 2

 

(Black leather bomber jacket, £390, by DKNY. Electric blue cotton shirt, £195, by E Tautz. Navy denim jeans, £35, by Uniqlo)

(Burgundy nylon jacket, £329, by Boss Orange. Blue striped shirt, £125, by Hugo. Jeans as before)
Car: 1971 Fiat 500

(Blue leather biker jacket, £995, by Emporio Armani. Beige cotton/jersey shirt, £105, by Hackett. Navy denim jeans, £35, by Uniqlo)
Car: 1983 Aston Martin V8 Oscar India

(Grey/blue cotton blouson, £325, by Private White VC. Turquoise cotton top, £110, by Acne. Jeans, as before )
Motorcycle: 2009 Triumph Bonneville T100

(Khaki cotton jacket, £215, by Polo Ralph Lauren; orange merino wool jumper, £340, by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Navy denim jeans, £35, by Uniqlo)
Car: 1976 MGB GT V8

(Navy seersucker blouson, £475; blue cotton shirt, £135, both by Richard James. Jeans as before. Explorer 1 watch by Rolex (Alfie’s own)

(Orange nylon blouson, £131, by Energie. Navy cotton shirt, £189; navy silk knitted tie, £59, both by Paul Smith. Navy denim jeans, by Levi’s (Alfie’s own). London tan leather shoes, £540, by Mr Hare. Watch, as before)
Car: 2002 Caterham 7 R300 VVC

(Khaki blouson, £350; white Egyptian cotton/knit T-shirt, £220, both by Nicole Farhi. Navy denim jeans, £35, by Uniqlo)

Words by Max Olesker
Photography by Tom Van schelven
Fashion by Catherine Hayward