Jacket Round-up

With Jeremy Irvine

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This winter you can have any jacket you like, as long as it’s blue. Actor Jeremy Irvine — breakout star of Steven Spielberg’s War Horse — unpacks eight of the season’s very best. 

“I was literally playing a tree,” says Jeremy Irvine of his last acting job prior to being snapped up by Steven Spielberg to star in the film adaptation of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo’s novel turned all-conquering stage play. It’s a self-deprecating take on life before his meteoric rise — he was actually an ensemble performer in an RSC production at the Hampstead Theatre — but then, Jeremy Irvine is still adjusting to life as a leading man.

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The Bedfordshire native began his career by taking a risk, leaving the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after only a year, opting to go it alone. “It’s tough at the start. You go to audition after audition, and you begin to question yourself as a performer.” Eventually, the risk paid off.

“I ended up getting an agent on Friday night, and they sent me to the War Horse casting on Wednesday morning.”  Suddenly, Irvine found himself being directed by Spielberg and performing with the cream of British cinema, including Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Watson. A surreal experience? “Yup. I think the technical term is ‘headfuck’.”

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The 21-year-old’s ascendancy shows no signs of slowing — he plays Pip in Mike Newell’s upcoming movie adaptation of Great Expectations, alongside Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, and has just been cast in the adaptation of Eric Lomax’s memoir, The Railway Man, in which he and Colin Firth play younger and older versions of the same WWII prisoner of war.

Yet Irvine is careful to remain grounded: “Tom [Hiddleston] and Benedict [Cumberbatch] were like older brothers on set. They taught me that, ultimately, it’s a job. You go to work, do the best you can, and then you go home.” From a tree in north London to a leading man in Hollywood, and all in a year — Jeremy Irvine has certainly branched out.

(Top picture - Navy check cotton jacket: £1,130; white fitted cotton shirt, £325, both by Gucci)

Navy cotton patchwork jacket, £1,059; navy cotton button-down polo shirt, £189; tan cotton trousers, £279; black lace-up leather shoes, £275, all by Paul Smith

Navy double- breasted cotton peacoat, £1,295; yellow and black striped cotton shirt, £175; indigo linen/ cotton carrot- leg trousers, £495; navy leather and wicker lace-up shoes, £450,
all by Burberry Prorsum

Blue denim jacket, £345; grey cotton T-shirt, £121, both by Polo Ralph Lauren at Mr Porter

Navy cotton donkey jacket, £1,800; navy cotton T-shirt, £250; navy suede brogues, £550, all by Louis Vuitton. Navy linen cotton carrot-leg trousers, £495, by Burberry Prorsum

Navy linen blazer, £870; white cotton shirt with bib, £306; navy and white dotted silk tie, £93; navy cotton chinos, £288, all by Dolce
& Gabbana

Navy cotton T-shirt, from £55; navy jersey blazer, £1,100, both by Giorgio Armani

Wordy by Max Olesker

Photographer: Dan Burn-Forti
Fashion: Catherine Hayward