He began as a teen idol in the 1960s, but Warren Beatty went above and beyond his pretty poster boy image to become a celebrated actor, producer, screenwriter and director. Only Beatty and Orson Welles have been nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an actor, a director, a writer and a producer for the same film – and unlike Welles, Beatty did it more than once.
But his superior skills on screen and behind the camera aren’t the only things that Warren Beatty will be remembered for. He has also become known for the iconic way his wardrobe shaped his characters, and the influence his style on the silver screen had on his personal sense of style.
Though he can work a suit like few men can, Warren Beatty will be remembered most for his casual wardrobe: an open-collar shirt and a ubiquitous hip-length leather jacket. The style can be seen in many of his most famous flicks, like Heaven Can Wait and Shampoo, as well as in his wardrobe choices on the promotional circuit.
Beatty is a prime example of “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” – as one of Hollywood’s most notorious Lotharios, who claims to have bedded more than 12,000 women, he clearly found the style that worked for him. Warren Beatty, we salue you.