Donnie Darko’s outfit choices may have been immortalized by many a high schooler, recreating his skeleton costume for Halloween throwing that all-important hoodie over the top, but it’s the rest of his wardrobe that speaks volumes about his character through its understatement. Dark jeans and plaid shirts in somber hues, button-down henleys and muted sweatshirts are all hints of Americana as an ode to his familial relationships. The emphasis on his lack of color most notably draws attention to the bleakness of his situation. But realistically, how is anyone ever going to stand out through their sartorial choices when they’re permanently overshadowed by a monstrous, mutant bunny? Quick, somebody street style pap Frank.
In the first of a series of Weekly Outfits inspired by the characters of our favorite films, we’ve decided to first re-imagine the enigmatic Donnie Darko as the kind of guy who has less concerns with the instability of a tangent universe, and more time to spend internet shopping – to see what kind of thing he’d be sporting these days as a Highsnob.
Rick Owens DRKSHDW Grey Hoodie
Well, he wouldn’t be Donnie Darko without that vital hoodie to pull up over his head when he needs a time out from his troubles. But this time, throw a bias zipper in there courtesy of the master designer of darkness, Rick Owens, and you’ve got something conceptual enough for the brooding Highsnob Donnie. You can pick this one up from SSENSE.
BEAMS PLUS Henley
BEAMS PLUS are based in Japan and expertly reproduce classic Americana staples using a selection of the world’s finest fabrics. This level of premium quality will make sure Donnie Darko is always well-stocked with his favorite basics. Get your hands on one now from End Clothing.
Acne Max Ramone Jeans
A slim cut pair of jeans with a straight and narrow leg in a used wash dark denim will always give just enough goth to an outfit. It provides a base which lends itself to any level on the Goth Scale – from Full Blown to Just A Hint. Get this Acne pair now direct from the source.
Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi TH Revere Hi LX
The collaboration between Vans Vault and Japanese designer Taka Hayashi has produced some unusual and forward-thinking designs which stand apart from some of the more classic Vans Vault silhouettes. Hayashi uses Vans’ silhouettes as a foundation for innovation and experimentation, and you can pick up this decent pair while stocks last from End Clothing.
Norse Projects Wool 2-Tone Five-Panel
Taking practicality and comfort into account, a warm and comfortable hat would be of importance to Donnie Darko. This 5-panel from Copenhagen’s Norse Projects is entirely crafted from wool in nice autumnal shades that even the most color-shy couldn’t resist. Pick this one up online from the Norse Store.
Alexander Wang Wallie Leather Backpack
Alexander Wang is on top of the NYC style scene, always bringing a fresh street look to his collections. This bag is as utilitarian as it is a sound style investment, with a huge central zip compartment, an internal zip pocket, rubberised leather trims all finished off with Wang’s signature angular reinforced corners. Adjustable shoulder straps finish the look off, meaning Donnie will be well-prepared whatever the tangent universe is preparing to throw at him next.