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This Sunday saw yet another battle of creative forces that we all know by its more common name, the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Some people won awards, others left empty-handed, and Mad Men set a most unfortunate record but that’s all right because it’s an honor just to be nominated. As usual though, our focus isn’t on the people who went home with a statuette in hand but on those who stood out for their style. (more…)
November 17, 2010
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was the setting as the new film by director Edward Zwick, Love & Other Drugs, premiered in Hollywood on November 4, 2010. Jake Gyllenhaal was on hand. Of the men at the premiere, he wore one of the more formal looking outfits.
Gyllenhaal’s outfit was a bit reminiscent of Richard Boone who played Paladin in the late 1950s- early 1960s TV series Have Gun Will Travel. I always liked Boone’s look. I thought he was very cool. He was dressed all in black and looked extremely intimidating. I like Gyllenhaal’s look too. That is to a degree.
The big difference between Boone and Gyllenhaal (besides the cowboy hat and gun) is that the former created some contrast with the white tie. It gave depth to his look and also, because it did contrast with the rest of his outfit, reinforced the black outfit.
With Gyllenhaal, there is no contrast in color. There are some interesting texture choices as the suit has a subtle pattern that is mimicked by the shirt, while the tie is plain black. There are three different black tones that are offered individually by each piece and this does create some contrast. But is it enough?
Matter of Taste
Gyllenhaal’s outfit is a matter of taste. (Isn’t everything?) It seems to be too dark for a guy sporting a black scruff of a beard and black hair. He needs to lighten up a bit. Add some color or at least some white. Maybe a pocket square if not a different tie? I mean, Paladin did, and he was a very serious guy.
It is good to see some actors like Gyllenhaal dressing for premieres. The women always do and usually look great!
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal wore all black to the premiere of Love & Other Drugs. Picture with the actor are actress Anne Hathaway, director Edward Zwick and actor Hank Azariaand.
November 5, 2010
They were there, the Jackass immortals (okay maybe not immortals, really the crazy creators): Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Barn Margera. It was the premiere of Jackass 3-D. You know, that popular TV show and now movie series devoted to doing really stupid, dangerous things that might severely injure the participants and makes everyone watching the antics cringe and squirm.
You might think that the creators would look…well…like jackasses. You know, instead of dressed to the nines, dressed to the negative 13s? But the fact is the principals involved in the movie looked very good. At least, Johnny Knoxville did.
Officially, Knoxville was not dressed in formal wear. However, he was looking very good in his dark pinstripe suit, black tie and white shirt. Knoxville is considered to be Hollywood eye-candy, along with being a tad warped and very rich. He really brought it all together at the premiere.
It wasn’t a tux, but it also wasn’t a T-shirt, ripped jeans and green sneakers. He wore what is appropriate to today’s Hollywood premiere.
The Less than Formal Red Carpet
Over the years as far as men’s formal wear is concerned, the Hollywood red carpet has gone from being ultra formal to very casual. You can also see styles that encompass everything in between.
In Hollywood, men’s formal wear tends to be reserved for the awards shows. Knoxville looked about as good as most guys do and as dressed up as most men get when attending a premiere.
In a recent blog, we had a photo of Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke at the premiere of The Expendables. Stallone exuded grace, charm and class. His suit was impeccable. Knoxville captured much of the same feel.
That look and feel should be the standard for a Hollywood premiere. These guys are after all “stars” and that means that they should dress as such. Sure the era of the actor-in-a-tux movie premiere is over, but that doesn’t mean the male stars can’t glisten and shine a little.
November 3, 2010
Sheen simply looks right at home in his tux. Compare him to Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles Nigel Lythgoe on his right and director Tom Hooper on his left. All three look good, but Sheen seems to be a natural in black tie. That’s not an easy thing for many actors to pull off. It’s not that he simply looks good or spiffy or cool. The man looks comfortable. Like he’s been born to be in a Noel Coward play.
The Right Stuff?
Is it that simple? Does Sheen simply have the right stuff when it comes to donning men’s formal wear? That may be part of it, but the other part is he has got the right fit for his body.
The tuxedo jacket flows naturally from his shoulders down to below his chest where it buttons, framing the tuxedo shirt and tie perfectly. Neither Lythgoe in his tuxedo nor Hopper in his suit are able to pull that off.
You can catch Sheen and all the other celebs who were at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 4, 2010 in Century City, California, on TV Guide Channel on November 7th, 2010.
It’s said that Sheen was the hit of the show. He tore up the place with a barrage of one-liners. However, due to their nature, they may not ne aired. In any case, you can see great men’s formal wear style in the accomplished actor. It may be worth a look.
“Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles Nigel Lythgoe, actor Michael Sheen, and director Tom Hooper arrive at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards.”
November 1, 2010
Actor Robert DeNiro, a classic himself, wore a classic Armani tuxedo. It is a style with which you can’t go wrong. There’s something timeless about this tux.
Director Martin Scorsese dressed in a Giorgio Armani one-button peak lapel tuxedo. The lapels were satin. His shirt featured a classic spread collar evening shirt. The rest of the ensemble included a bow tie and formal vest. Scorsese opted to secure the top button on his jacket, which obfuscated our view of his tuxedo vest.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio looked sensational. He was very much at ease in the Armani Made-to-Measure two-button tuxedo with peak lapel. The matching five-button micro fiber vest, traditional white evening shirt and black bow tie were right on target.
If you want a constant reminder of what tasteful men’s formal wear looks like, then print this photo and keep it on hand. These men are dressed for the ultimate formal evening out and look dashingly impressive. And for those who say all formal wear looks the same just consider how each of these tuxedos is unique and helps to define the person wearing it.
DiCaprio looks stellar because he simply knows how to wear it. In fact, it looks as if he’s made for men’s formal wear. If anything the Armani Made-to-Measure tux really does conform to his frame, creating a picture that is synonymous with the dashing male physique that defines male Hollywood stars.
October 26, 2010
Kevin, who is to the left, has the formal peaked collar jacket with a fairly hip, glossy black tie and an open white shirt. It’s formal but cool. This is something that you might see on anyone at a Hollywood premiere ranging in age from teenager to near-retirement age adult. Nice outfit.
On the right hand side stands Joe with a satin jacket that sports a very conservative shawl lapel. The black, button down formal shirt has a bit of a ruffle and the gold tie offers a nice show biz feel. Note that his shirt is buttoned at top but the tie hangs loose. In some ways, this is a bit more conservative than Kevin’s outfit but it is also showier. That is one shiny coat he’s got on.
In the middle and thick of it all is Nick Jonas. Nick went to the premiere dressed for the prom and that’s fine. The black bow tie and white formal shirt with its top button closed are ultraconservative. But the light blue jacket with traditional shawl collar is a beacon between the two brothers in black. It begs us to look at Kevin and so we do. Kevin has also pulled his sleeves up on his jacket, which is stating that he’s got something casual happening.
This photo reveals that although these Jonas Brothers are each a part of a band, they are also individuals when it comes to taste in men’s formal wear togs. Which do you prefer—Kevin, Nick or Joe?
October 25, 2010
Here’s actor Emile Hirsch with Brianna Domont as they walked down and posed on the red carpet for the premiere of Taking Woodstock a little over a year ago. We’re always interested in what type of formal wear “looks” and styles men are wearing. Hirsch looks pretty spiffy for a guy attending a premiere about the first mega rock festival ever.
What says it all is the ensemble itself, which includes a formal dinner jacket with black informal shirt and dark jeans. Add the red sunglasses and you’ve got a youthful and fairly informal look that offers a connection to men’s formal wear tradition. The traditional connection is in the formal jacket.
The satin lapels are eye-catching and Hirsh’s decision to go with a tasteful but more conspicuous peaked lapel is interesting. The shawl lapel is considered to be more conservative and since the actor has decided to be anything but conservative with his outfit, the upward sweeping points of the peak reinforce the idea that he is going against tradition.
The flair of the attention-getting peaked lapel with its glossy allure says, “This is a special event and I’m acknowledging it,” while the rest of the ensemble says, “but I’m showing my individual style through my shirt, pants and sunglasses.”
It’s a good ensemble for the actor and the event.