Fashion between the panels: Speed Racer
Hello everyone out there as always it’s good to see you , I AM JMADDD STYLES for those of you out there that are not to familiar with me. Welcome to my latest blog post Fashion between the panels: Speed Racer. Just for a quick breakdown, my Fashion between the panels series is where I take a movie past or present, or a comic book , or maybe even your favorite cartoon or music video perhaps and break down the fashion between the frames or scenes and create newly inspired looks based around the characters in the story. For this installment of Fashion between the panels, im going to flash you back to your child hood and break down the fashion that you didn’t see in one of the most iconic cartoons ever made Speed Racer.
This classic series created so many classic cartoon characters in various episodes that there are almost to many to name. So what im going to do is break down the Fashion between the panels in two of my personal favorite episodes. First Speed Racer and The race against the Mammoth car and second Speed Racer and The Most Dangerous race. But before that let’s meet the Speed family and break down the fashion.
First off the car always seemed to be the star of the show it was fashionable within itself , the one and only Mach 5 , but the inventor of the car was Pops Racer
Pops Racer’s style much like Speed Racer’s style was classic polo style shirt styled simply with chinos, so how would that translate today and still be fashionable ?
well the perfect way to pull Pops Racer’s style straight off the cartoon would be to keep the look highend casual, starting with the shirt. For the shirt the look starts with Gucci to capture the famous red polo style shirt that Pops Racer was known for , from there a nude or beige color chino , then to finish the look a casual sneaker that you could dress up or down , and last the classic gucci hat to capture Pops Racer’s iconic baseball hat.
Mom’s Racer :
Mom’s Racer always had a truly 60’s mod kind of style seeing as how the show was started in the 60’s , that style would be true to the era. This style is living proof that nothing ever really goes out of style or everything always repeats itself just with a few modifications to make it more modern.
To Capture Mom’s Racer’s style , started with a green , mod style dress to capture the 60’s feel , but with a touch of modern. Then from there a green suede pump to highlight the dress. Basically this look comes across a fashionably monochromatic with different shades of green from the dress to the jewelry and handbag, truly capturing the Fashionable likeness of Mom’s Racer.
Speed Racer’s assistant/girlfriend unofficially, that is. Trixie had a classic look as well, at the same time a true fashionably girlie girl look that most definitely still translates well right now.
See What I mean , I captured this look using two different styles of ankle boots , both of the boots are classic 60’s style. The blouse is a major part of capturing her look , as it adds to the girly girl kind of look , then you have the classic flair legged jeans , still giving you 60’s style with a modern twist, then finishing the look with a Gucci pink hat , and face sheild sunglasses.
Spridle & Chim Chim :
Spridle and Chim Chim , aside from being Speeds little brother and his side kick , they were kind of the comic relief of the show always up to mischief.
To capture the style I had to make a few changes to the look to make sure it would translate well for a more broder style and audience. Kept the red and white color scheme and still managed to keep the racing moto style and theme. Instead of a traditional kids jumpsuit, went with a more fancified cover all look , finishing the look with a white and red Lebron sneaker and a still using a white and red baseball hat.
Racer X :
Racer X is the long lost brother that Speed Racer never knew he had known as Rex Racer, why Speed Racer never figured this out is beyond me , seeing as how he would come out of nowhere to help Speed Racer out of a tough situation in every episode.
For such a cool character , I had to give you various versions of the same look to capture the Racer X style , but the base of the look in every frame is always the white leather moto style jacket and the white jeans , to give you that inpired signature Racer X look.
Speed Racer :
Now for the man himself one of the most iconic anime characters to ever exist , put your hands together for Speed Racer, the most unbeatable race car driver/crime fighter to ever exist at least in the cartoon and cartoon movie world that is.
Capturing the Speed Racer look , is almost similar to capturing the Racer X look as in both looks feature white jeans , but the white jeans were truly a signature staple of his look . After that the other iconic piece of his look is his red ascot. Speed Racer’s look is a throw back to kind of an 80’s style even though he was from the 60’s so basically his look was ahead of it’s time. Once again I had to give you three variations of the same look. In each look I switched out the shoes and the Polo shirt. The last frame gives you the more highend of the look using a Gucci Polo style shirt.
The Most memorable episodes :
Speed Racer in Race against The Mammoth car:
What makes this episode much like the next one that im going to talk about so memorable is the characters that were in each episode, these next two episodes had villains in them as well as new good guys that people including self never forgot through all the yrs. Also in this case I feel also are very memorable from a fashionably inspirational standpoint.
In the Mammoth car episode , for one the car in itself is a menacing villain that Speed Racer had to go up against with it’s two drivers. But it was really the owner of The Mammoth car that really is unforgettable. The character was a gangster that went by the name Crusher Block and Cruncher Block . Were the two names similar to each other being used in the episode a mistake ? Well after all the yrs one will never know.
But what I do know is the style of Cruncher /Crusher Block was impeccable. Im always a big fan of the white suit , the key to the white suit is always to remember that it’s the quality that counts. The make of it is the difference between cheesy and unforgettably stylish , also the way the suit is coordinated. In this case with a cognac colored dress boot and a bold patterned dress shirt to bring out the suit and the shoe.
Then in the same episode there was the very memorable Inspector Detector. The name in itself is unforgettable, but the style goes a long way , even though it was from the 60’s / 70’s timeless style is forever.
In this case the double breasted suit is key , over the years it has made a comeback stronger than ever and is always a major staple that you want to have at least one of in your wardrobe. The look here to capture Inspector Detector is kind of a monochromatic look with the tie and fedora. I used the white spread collar shirt to break the look up and usually with a blue suit brown shoes are a must for the best result , but in this case the black dress boot just plain works.
Speed Racer and The most Dangerous race :
in This episode we meet The car Acrobatic Team with to villains that you absolutely could not forget in the race on Look out mountain. We are introduced to Captain Terror and his right hand man and henchman Snake Oiler.
Captain Terror’s look alone is unforgettable but the style that it inspires is the same , unforgettable that is .
Starting from the cape , now you have to do a little searching to find a man’s cape or variation of one that doesn’t look too costume like or theatrical. In this case I introduce you to the sweater cape for men , that looks surprisingly cool , especially when styled with an aviator hat and sunglasses and all black accents from the turtleneck to the snakeskin dress boot.
Then there is Snake Oiler the lead driver and henchman of the villainous Car Acrobatic team. When you see his look a trendy highend athletic look comes to mind and the colors he wears are what really stays in your mind.
To Capture this look , once again took a little bit of searching to make the colors work for a trendy highend athleisure look. From the face sheild sunglasses all the way down to the special limited edition Air max , used to pull this look all together.
Well there it is , we have reached the end of yet another fashionably inspired blog post. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have presenting it. I AM JMADDD STYLES and this has been Fashion between the panels: Speed Racer. That’s it for now, so until the next time IM GONE…!!!..