Beach, babes and beating up the bad guys. That’s the Hawaii Five-O mix and when it comes to style, you can identify the principal Hawaii Five-0 actors from their key wardrobe items: vintage aloha shirts, cargo pants and neckties.
CBS’s resurrected show is a take off of the original Five-O that aired for twelve seasons from 1968 to 1980, and the current iteration sees Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin reprise ‘Steve McGarrett’s’ role of a former U.S. naval office leading a fictional state police force given carte blanche by the Governor to hound international secret agents, criminals, and organized crime syndicates plaguing the Hawaiian Islands.
So far, so good. The show’s hasn’t crashed and burned yet but our interest in the show is purely all about its characters’ wardrobes and style, given MenStylePower is aimed at the blokes AND fashion.
The Hawaii Five-O crew is not always dressed in top brands and designer gear. In fact the Hawaii Five-O wardrobe team is focused on keeping a low-key feel onset and champion the local Hawaii designers. Wardrobe director Kathryn Morrison Pahoa says, “I try to get as much local stuff as I can…I really embrace local artists.” Lucky local artists!
Superdry cargo pants and a dark colour theme are Steve McGarrett’s (played by Alex O’Loughlin) staple, a sensibility that was established during the filming of the pilot because he was grieving and in angst over his father’s death. More recently he’s wearing lighter colours and blues but keeping true to the story, his character will never embrace too much colour but maintain a classic look given that a military man has a very specific look.
O’Loughlin reveals: “(Most times) I’m in my dress blues and metal racks for special occasions and on the set the rest of the time, I’m really a cargo pants, T-shirt, tactical boots kind of guy.”
One thing we can be sure of is that Steve McGarrett’s watch onset is the Kobold Phantom Black Ops Chrono on a Zulu Strap. Nice!
Off camera Alex O’Loughlin has been spotted in a Levi’s Classic Trucker Jacket, Ray-Ban 3025 Aviator Sunglasses, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas High Top Sneakers and in Prada suits.
Hawaii Five-O’s wardrobe team has a lot of fun finding the perfect aloha shirts for Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho. His character’s fashion sense has a certain vintage feel to it for someone who’s local and been living in Hawaii for a long time. You wouldn’t know it by just seeing it but each of Chin Ho’s shirts have been made to fit perfectly. The sleeves are altered, the body may come in, the shoulders may come up. A lot of work has goes into it. For the wardrobe team it’s all about taking something that isn’t the most expensive and make it look fantastic through alterations and through tailoring.
Chin Ho’s long-sleeved shirts not only help distinguish his wardrobe from McGarrett’s, but they also give him the opportunity to wear stunt pads on his elbows during fight scenes.
Danny “Danno” Williams (played by Scott Caan) sports ties, shirts and suits with an “East Coast” flava, holding onto his preppy background having not quite embraced the Islands yet. It’s going to be quite the day when Danny really lets the tie go, if he ever does.
When it comes to their choice of wheels, Hawaii Five-O is trying to stay as authentic as possible to the original series with a raft of new Fords on screen–and at least one old one.
The old Five-O was one of TV’s longest-running dramas before it was nudged aside by Law & Order and back then the cars were Ford Motor Company rolling stock, from a 1972 Ford Mustang GT to the Marquis Brougham that matched Jack Lord’s hair in color and angularity, and a slew of Ford LTDs in police and other guises.
In the new show, McGarrett’s classic Mercury Brougham returns – but for now, Danno drives a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0.
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