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Dress Like Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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"The only way to prepare for a trip like this, I felt, was to dress up like human peacocks and get crazy, then screech off across the desert and cover the story." — Hunter S. Thompson.
Greetings, freaks, weirdos, shutoffs, and debaucherous animals from a time left behind. Welcome to your one stop shop for Fear and Loathing attire. It may not be GQ, but who cares? The style of Raoul Duke (aka. Hunter S. Thompson, aka. that drugged-out character Johnny Depp played in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) is fashionable in its own unique, ungodly way.
Whether you want to pick up the style for your own everyday life or you want to prepare for your next gonzo costume party, this is the place to be for your Fear and Loathing needs.
While the plain white bucket hat may be best known as the signature piece of headwear worn by everyone's favorite bungling first mate, Gilligan, it was Hunter S. Thompson, aka Raoul Duke, who made it cool.
Try as they may, thrift shop hipsters and millionaire heiresses have still yet to spoil the cool allure of classic aviator sunglasses. From the 60's to today, these far-out shades continue to be the very epitome of rockstar fashion and rebellious attire.
For Hunter S. Thompson, aviator sunglasses were a significant part of his unforgettable signature style. A perfect symbolic representation for a unique and out-of-this-world figure who always saw the world through a colorful lens.
In the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp can be seen wearing a pair of Ray-Ban RB 3138 Shooter aviator sunglasses which can be found on Amazon.com.
The Cigarette Holder
While no one is condoning smoking, a Raoul Duke outfit wouldn't be complete without the classic cigarette holder. According to many sources, the specific make and model of Hunter S. Thompson's cigarette holder/filter was the TarGard Permanent Cigarette Filter System, which can be found below. (The type of cigarettes smoked with it are Marlboro Reds.)
Throughout the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp can be seen sporting this colorful, baggy, patchwork jacket. Two replicas of this jacket were used in the movie along with the original which Hunter S. Thompson actually wore on his infamous Las Vegas adventure.
According to the DVD commentary of Fear and Loathing, the original jacket was manufactured by Abercrombie & Fitch, but, unfortunately, it's no longer being produced by them today.
Nevertheless, thanks to some very talented fans across the world, well-made replicas of this jacket can be found online in various places. Ebay, for one, is a great place to start the search.
In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Raoul Duke can be seen wearing a whole cornucopia of loud, gaudy, retro button-down t-shirts. Similar shirts are still made and can be found all over the internet. To find one right for you, try giving some of the below-mentioned options a shot.
Las Vegas Visor
This classic Las Vegas visor is perfect for when you're riding high at the poker table or for when you're just hanging out, relaxing under the sweltering Nevada sunshine with your favorite drink in hand.
Never underestimate the importance that accessorizing can bring to your style. In the film we see Johnny Depp, as Raoul Duke, wearing a brown studded wristband.