Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher
For most men navy is the colour without compare: it goes with everything, it flatters the skin and it's impeccable without being stolid. As a result, the navy jacket is a cornerstone of men's dress, as ably demonstrated here by British actor Mr James D'Arcy. He can currently be seen playing the Duke of Windsor in the Madonna-directed and -scripted film WE, which is based on the romance between the duke and Ms Wallis Simpson. The duke is a historical figure so divisive that the only uncontentious thing that can be said about him is that he was incredibly well dressed. MR PORTER spoke to Mr D'Arcy to find out what it is like to be directed by Madonna, how to be diplomatic around issues of great historical controversy, and how the wearing of kilts compares with the wearing of plus fours.
Director and star
Madonna and Mr D'Arcy at the afterparty for the screening of WE at the 55th BFI London Film Festival, October 2011
a choppy romance
Mr D'Arcy as the Duke of Windsor and Ms Andrea Riseborough as Ms Wallis Simpson in the biopic WE
Ms Billie Piper as Hanna (aka Belle) and Mr D'Arcy as Duncan in Secret Diary of a Call Girl