Grasping for that Rebel Without a Cause spirit, and coming up short, The Who’s 1979 film Quadrophenia paints a muddled portrait of post-adolescent malcontent that presents the title character Jimmy as little more than an infantile Holden Caulfield in mod’s clothes. It’s tough to sympathize with a character that walks around sticking gum on plants, treats a scooter like a missile, and pops more pills than a bored suburban housewife, but what makes the film watching, (and writing about on here for that matter) is Jimmy’s definitive look – a slim suit, a dark, collar pinned tie, and a surplus fishtail parka.
While I’ll withhold judgement on Jimmy’s suit choice, which makes him look like an icebox, the overall kit, with a loose fishtail up top and tapered trousers below is an interesting play on proportions. It’s that high/low, baggy/slim that menswear seems to be obsessing over lately, and admittedly yes, it did inspire me to buy a fishtail parka for the colder months ahead. Post-teenage angst not included.