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Don’t feel silly, we’ve had much stranger questions! (We love strange questions.) Besides, we have an excuse to look at Moriarty’s tongue with this one!
He was either chewing Orbit or Extra (mint) due to the shape of it. Both those brands are available in pretty much every corner shop in England (or any kind of shop really). We’re going to go for Extra though because it’s got more of a shell on it.
Analysis of Moriarty’s tongue complete!
Moriarty’s gun is a Beretta 92FX INOX.
It is the most expensive model Beretta makes which fits Moriarty’s character well!
This information was submitted to us by Tumblr user pantydragon so thank you to them :)
Moriarty’s Series one shirt (worn during the pool scene) is a round-collar shirt from Spencer Hart tailors. The shirt is still available from their Savile Row store. This is an excerpt about it from our post A Study in Moriarty:
Moriarty’s shirt is by Savile Row’s Spencer Hart. Hart’s shirts are known for their interesting weaves and fabrics. The shirt is weaved in a Piqué style which makes it stiffer than the others seen in the show and makes an aesthetically pleasing contrast against his silk tie.
The shirt he wears during his court appearance is by The Kooples (who also made the coat Moriarty wears in the rooftop scene of The Reichenbach Fall) and features another rounded collar but is slightly more angular than his previous shirt. Unfortunately that particular shirt is now out of season and no longer available on The Kooples website. Here is their current season of shirts.
The shirt Moriarty wears in the rooftop scene is by Reiss (who made the suit he wears during the court scene, it appears he likes to mix and match his brands!) and is a very subtle light pink check. That particular shirt is still available on the European Reiss website here. It is 100% cotton and costs £80.
I hope that helps!
A.J Hall Silver fox head tie stick-pin
As worn by Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall
Despite the low price, this pin is sterling silver. Click the “sterling silver” link above for more information at the site.
A Study in Phones (Series Two)
For our Series One Study in Phones, click here.
From left to right: TOP ROW
1) The Moriarty
HTC Incredible S
Android. 8MP camera. 3G.
GPS. Wi-Fi. Bluetooth.
Note: the HTC Incredible S does not automatically come with a built-in app for breaking into the Bank of England but does come with black cord inner-ear headphones for listening to Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie whilst doing so.
2) The Mycroft
Blackberry Torch 9800
5MP camera. 4GB memory. Touch screen.
Concealed slide out QWERTY keyboard.
Perfect for those always-on-the-go types. The slide out keyboard is there for emergencies in Mycroft’s case. Why text when you can talk without having to press any of its concealed buttons?
MIDDLE ROW (Click images for larger size)
3) The Sherlock
iPhone 4 (Series One phone: Blackberry Bold 9700)
8GB memory. GPS. Bluetooth. Wi-Fi. Compass.
Retina display. 5MP camera. LED flash/torch.
The widescreen retina display on Sherlock’s phone allows him to look in incredible detail at any evidence or photography he is sent and its completely touch screen applications make quick work of any task he is confronted with, sliding on and off screen in much the same way as memories and facts in his mind palace. Sherlock has also upgraded his Series One laptop to an Apple Mac making both his phone and computer Apple products.
4) The John
Read more about John’s phone in our Series One post.
5 & 6) The Irene
Blackberry Pearl 3G and Vertu Constellation Quest
For our full post on Irene’s Vertu click here.
Irene uses her petite and compact Pearl 3G when doing light work and dealing with less tricky customers (and also for looking at photographs of consulting detectives in sheets). Her £17,000 Vertu is only to be used in series business - after all, it’s her protection.
7) The Fletcher: Motorola DEFY, White
8) The Donovan: Nokia C3-00 (Series One phone: Blackberry Curve 8900)
9) The Lestrade: Sony Ericsson Satio, Silver (Series One phone: HP Palm Pre)
Reiss Abingdon peak lapel suit (Spring/Summer 2011)
As worn by Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall
One button single breast, slanted pocket detail. 70% wool.
£455 / $718 No longer available. New season suits here.
The Kooples coat with stand up collar
As worn by Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall
Wool and Cashmere blend. Leather-piped details. Crested buttons.
£390 / $613 Available here at thekooples.com
Leatherman Squirt P4 Multi-tool
As owned by Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall
10 in 1 selection of tools. Stainless steel. Grey handles.
£45 / $70 Available here at Amazon.co.uk
Union Jack London Baseball cap
As worn by Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall
Embroidered design. Peak cap.
£5.99 / $9.17 Available here at clicksouvenirs.com
Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses
As worn by Moriarty in A Scandal in Belgravia
Polarized brown gradient lenses with gold titanium arista frame.
£139 / $215 Available here at ray-ban.com
A study in Moriarty
Probably the only clothing brand that every single Sherlock fan knows is that of Moriarty’s two piece suit. After John has bravely grabbed the arch-enemy in question to give Sherlock a chance to escape Moriarty announces that his suit is Westwood as he readjusts himself. The Westwood of which he speaks is of course that of Vivienne Westwood.
Vivienne Westwood is known for her sometimes extreme punk and new wave styling but her range also includes some classically smart and sharply tailored designs. Moriarty’s choice is just that - a two button classic. However, often even classic Vivienne Westwood suits feature a skull and crossbone lining.
Cuffs, lapels and buttons
Westwood’s trademark buttons are a dark amber colour with the brand logo engraved into each. The logo features an orb similar to the British crown jewels with a satellite strip circling around it which gives it a punky, modern feel. The jacket is single breasted (one column of buttons) and the bottom button is undone as the general rule with two button suits. When John grabs Moriarty the logo-embellished buttons of his jacket are easily visible.
These personalised buttons also feature on the cuffs of Westwood’s jackets. Two buttons on the sleeve (as compared to the more common four) is usually the case for city suits and Westwood’s classic range. Cuff buttons often serve no other purpose than pure decoration and aren’t functional. Westwood’s buttons are the same. Moriarty’s cuff buttons are visible when he lifts his hands to make his boastful ‘Westwood’ statement (see image).
Moriarty’s lapels are a simple ‘step’ design (called notch lapels in America). They’re quite thin and the mouth of the notch is an average, medium size. Step lapels are sometimes considered to be the smartest but come in a few different styles based on where the collar meets the lapel and what shape it is. Moriarty’s is very high on his lapel as is common for modern suit styles.
The single vented, slim fit jacket features three pockets: two flap pockets and one breast pocket. The British rolled-shoulder design lifts the fabric at his shoulders slightly, giving the effect that he is actually more built than he is. The worsted fabric is a bright navy and is 100% wool. As covered in A Study in Pocket Squares Moriarty wears a simple white square in a clean edge style. Westwood’s current season of the two button classic is available on her website for £600 / $921
As previously posted, Moriarty wears an Alexander McQueen tie featuring a mix of polka dots and trademark McQueen skulls. The tie is 100% silk and he has tied it in a half-Windsor knot. At five centimeters wide his tie is considered a ‘skinny’ tie. Moriarty’s build means skinny ties suit his frame well. The tie complements the rest of his suit as it is a similar width to his lapels. Generally, the wider your lapels, the wider your tie. McQueen’s tie is available in many different colours but Moriarty has opted for a dark navy blue, a classic colour for business. Sarah Arthur (Sherlock’s Costume designer) said about the skull tie: “It just worked - because it had a sinister feel”. McQueen’s ties are currently priced at £90 / $138
Moriarty’s shirt is by Saville Row’s Spencer Hart. Hart’s shirts are known for their interesting weaves and fabrics. Moriarty’s shirt is weaved in a Piqué style which makes it stiffer than the other shirts seen in the show and makes an aesthetically pleasing contrast against his silk tie, causing it to stand out more. Spencer Hart is also known for it’s rounded collars which are quite period in their shape and have become a more uncommon collar style in the last decade. However, they will always be a classic in men’s fashion. Spencer Hart shirts are priced around the £150 / $230 mark.
We only see Moriarty twice in The Great Game. The first time we see him he is wearing an outfit to trick Sherlock to think he is a slightly awkward gay guy from the IT department - so not his usual choice of clothing. The second time is at a planned meeting with Sherlock, so i would assume he made an effort to dress appropriately (perhaps to impress?) for the ocassion. His suit ultimately says business; it’s a city suit that he’s personalised to make completely his own. But who knows how he dresses when he’s not intending to blow up consulting detectives and ex-Army doctors - perhaps we shall find out in series 2.
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NEXT STUDY: Mycroft’s umbrella tie
What are pocket squares? When a handkerchief is used as an accessory to a suit it is known as a pocket square. Pocket squares come in every colour and pattern and there are a multitude of ways of folding them. They are always worn in the left breast pocket of a suit. The best fabrics for pocket squares are silk, linen and cotton. Their original use was for wiping the hands or face but since the 1920’s, when pocket squares became the height of fashion, they’ve served no other purpose than a fashion accessory.
Basic pocket square rules: It’s never good to match your pocket square with your tie but have them complement each other instead. A pocket square that picks out a minor or secondary colour in the rest of your outfit is a good choice. Contrasting textures are sure to look great, such as a silk tie and handwoven linen square. Monograms or labels should never show.
Ways of folding a pocket square: When displaying a pocket square on your person it’s best to make it look effortless and by no means perfect. Don’t ever iron a pocket square into shape! The most basic look for a square is a simple clean edge that runs parallel to your pocket. More flamboyant folding methods for example would involve having all four corners of the square protrude from the pocket or having a ‘poof’ (yes, that’s a technical term!) stick out in a curve or point. It all depends on the wearer’s personal preference.
What pocket squares say about their wearer: The confident gentlemen will usually wear a silk pocket square with a more elegant or striking pattern. Thai silk is the best quality fabric for pocket squares. Machine hemmed or irregular stitching says cheap. The finest pocket squares have hand rolled edges and should be in a tight tube. Regular and mostly hidden stitching is a sure sign of a quality square.
And now the most important part of the article!
The part on the actual character’s pocket squares.
1) The Mycroft
Mycroft wears two different pocket squares throughout the first series. The first time we see him he has folded his linen red and white paisley design into a triangular point. It is commonplace to point pocket squares away from the heart but Mycroft’s points towards his. He’s a rule breaker! In The Great Game he is wearing a red Thai silk square which has been folded to show all four corners (one of which hangs down slightly over the lip of his pocket). The red square, blue tie and white shirt combo is very British Government(!). Mycroft’s look is a confident one, using classic fabric but folding flamboyantly shows he has flair under his serious exterior.
2) The Sebastian
Sebastian’s square is my favourite in the whole series. His is an olive green and brown large paisley print that’s been classically folded but shows bulk beneath. It protrudes from his pocket quite a bit and offsets his (also striking) tie brilliantly. His pocket square is a perfect example of Sebastian’s character: showy, proud and confident.
3) The Moriarty
Moriarty’s whole look is classic. He requires no frills. He’s opted for a plain white linen square folded in the basic clean edge style that requires the least amount of effort but often looks the most smart. It’s a common look for business. His square only just shows from his pocket and really makes the skulls on his tie stand out. However, it does also show a lack of personality (and possibly a lack of confidence) and could be described by some as dull, however I can’t imagine Moriarty wearing anything but white.
Whilst writing the article I realised something. Moriarty and Mycroft wear the exact same tie pin (if you click the images to enlarge you’ll see it better). It’s a simple gold bar with a black jewel in the center. Perhaps they share the same tastes when it comes to style. Perhaps the BBC costume department just ran out of ideas!
PREVIOUS STUDY: Mycroft’s pocket watch.
NEXT STUDY: Ties.
Alexander McQueen Navy/Blue Polka-Skull tie.
Worn by Moriarty in The Great Game.
Available in BLACK/ BROWN/ ROSE/ GRAPHITE/ & STONE.
Purchase here at alexandermcqueen.com
£90 / $145