Carlito’s Way inspired retro jacket revival
Just when the unfortunate revival of bell-bottoms, platform shoes, and muttonchops was starting to subside, retro fashion lives on with the return of the Superfly jacket. The uberlapeled three-quarter-length leather coat recently worn by Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way has sent fans—including actresses Rosie Perez, Annabella Sciorra, and Rebecca De Mornay, and singer Terence Trent D’Arby—scurrying into thrift shops for used originals (which can be found for $60) and into high-end boutiques for pricey, more stylish ’90s versions of the jacket (a Donna Karan design goes for $1,350). While the coat screams Superfly, Shaft, and maybe even Starsky and Hutch, it defies simple description. ”It’s kind of like the jacket in Shaft, but modified,” says Aude Bronson-Howard, costume designer for the ’70s-set Carlito’s Way, who scoured New York City thrift shops until she unearthed the perfect two-decade-old specimen. Sciorra, who bought the blazer after admiring it on her friend De Mornay, has a different take. ”I’d call it the New York approximation of Paris motorcycle chic with a twist of Audrey Hepburn,” she says. Robert Pastorelli, who plays Eldin Bernecky on Murphy Brown, obviously likes the look too. One of the biggest customers for the coat at Aaardvark’s, a vintage clothing shop on L.A.’s trendy Melrose Avenue, Pastorelli has not only bought 12, he’s even had three made for him.