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Look of the Week: Damien's far from hellish Omen attire

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Oct 9, 2020, 4:30 PM EDT

Welcome back to Look of the Week, celebrating the best in TV and film sartorial excellence, past and present across sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre classics!

Drawing sartorial inspiration from horror classics is a fantastic way to celebrate the spooky season without having to go full costume party. There are plenty of characters to borrow outfit tips from for everyday attire, including the fall-ready closet of The Omen's Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) and his affluent parents.

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Basing your closet choices on the Antichrist (and a child) isn't necessarily the first October mood board that springs to mind. But just like many cinematic villains who have come before him, Damien has a flair for the dramatic without falling into Satanic black or red clichés. His final costume reveal is a dark affair, but prior to this moment, it is a blend of pint-sized patterned and ruffled formal wear with a heavy dose of warm autumnal hues to contradict the chilly mood that has taken hold of the Thorn home.

Ticking all the 1970s earthy tones, corduroy suits, and chunky knitwear boxes, this iconic scary movie has the stylish fits to match. And while there isn't a specific costume designer credited — this was not a requirement at this time — wardrobe supervisor Tiny Nicholls is often cited as the man behind the devilishly good costumes.

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Fashion is cyclical but certain items are always in season. More than 40 years after The Omen premiered, the majority of Katherine (Lee Remick) and Robert Thorn's (Gregory Peck) attire is far from a design faux pas — including the Saville Row tweed Huntsman overcoat worn by Peck. Sure, the flared pants silhouette has shifted and there is a lack of color running throughout the neutral and brown palette, but this family is united in their garments.

Unfortunately, it is going to take more than similar tailoring to keep this story from spinning out of control.

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As the wife of an ambassador, Katherine doesn't indulge in the more outlandish trends of the decade, avoiding extreme patterns, synthetics, and towering platforms. Instead, she sticks to knotted silk scarves, pussy-bow blouses, argyle turtleneck sweaters, and casual beige suits. The latter emphasizes a bond through clothing with Damien, and while mother-child twinning moments can lean into cringe territory this one avoids that particular Arrested Development pitfall. Rather than matchy-matchy, it is a visual tether that symbolizes the calm before the Beelzebub storm.

During this trip to the safari park, Damien's burnt sienna corduroy suit is very on-trend for 2020 and there is no shame in admitting that one of the most famous evil characters in cinematic history is also a sartorial beacon. If you want to splash out try Acne Studios or for an affordable variation on this 1970s staple Uniqlo has a variety of contemporary options. Pairing it with a chunky brown knit turtleneck is ideal for this time of year and while the giraffes and baboons at the zoo are not a fan of Damien's whole vibe, his aesthetic has nothing to do with their reaction.

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Katherine's casual earthy blazer and pants paired with a white blouse is ideal for a safari trip on an overcast day and ostensibly she is aligned with the child she believes is her son. It should be noted that Damien says thank you for his ice cream before he sends the animals into a tailspin as a result of his diabolical nature. He might be inherently evil, but his manners game is strong.

There is no shade of brown this decade didn't embrace, which includes Damien's striped shirt when he goes on his tricycle joyride and knocks his mother over the side. Katherine's indoor gardening look is her most casual — bedwear aside — and includes a rare jeans appearance. She still incorporates a knotted scarf because it wouldn't be the mid-'70s without one. Not that it can save her from this fall — it isn't a parachute after all.

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Before Damien turns into a pint-sized monster at the start of the movie, there is a quick photograph montage portraying the Thorns in happier times. Cowboy costumes, cream cable-knit sweaters, formal gray overcoats, and playful blue patterns are among the cherished memories. His fifth birthday party marks a significant change and this lavish event unleashes terror when his nanny makes a very public declaration before jumping to her death.

At Damien's birthday bash, the herringbone jacket paired with a floral shirt and pattern clashing tie isn't what you would expect from a June celebration. But plenty of photographers are there and who knows what outfits will get you a spot on the society pages. While it is unlikely this child (even the Antichrist) is picking out his own clothing, it adds further evidence to the theory that villainous characters always have the best closets — even the more youthful antagonists.

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As the son of an ambassador, Damien has more formalwear than most adults and his disdain is directed at the venue, not the stiff or ceremonial garments. His new nanny suggests a park trip over a church wedding that sees his father pull his top hat out of storage, something his mother vehemently disagrees with — until Damien ruins her 'do. A lavish affair, Katherine's blue monochromatic look is topped off with an on-trend turban. This accessory truly cements the time period and while she doesn't go for the sequin style favored by the disco dancing Studio 54 set, it shows she pays attention to the pages of Vogue. Unfortunately, as soon as it is time to head into the religious setting, Damien loses it and tears this headwear off.

This tantrum might get chalked up to not wanting to sit through a boring service or his displeasure at wearing a ruffled shirt, bow tie, and vest without the requisite matching jacket, but the clothes are definitely not the issue at hand.

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Damien has birthday and wedding outfits locked down at this young age, he also scores highly on mourning attire in an ensemble that will be familiar — even if you haven't seen the movie. The black suit, overcoat, and Baker Boy cap are indelible, his serious face in the promo shot is far less disquieting than his triumphant grin now he has infiltrated the top political arena.

Not only is this kid dressed the part, but he also hits those Antichrist career goals before entering his tween years. Stylish and an overachiever, Damien is proof the devil works hard, but his son works harder.

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