“Who are you wearing?” are “What was she thinking?!” are probably the two most frequently heard and read statements on the night of and the days that follow a red carpet event, such as the Oscars. All the media and press attention is focused on the women of the red carpet, whether she be a nominee, a popular actress, or a supermodel wife of an actor. The variety of styles, cuts, and colors available make women’s red carpet fashions more interesting and more attractive to those who care about fashion…and selling magazines.The immense variation in the options available to women means that rarely, if ever, do you see two stars wearing the same, or even similar, looks to a red carpet event. This instills a sense of competition among female actors and guests of actors to wow audiences, instill a jaw-dropping response, and ultimately gain the title, “best dressed.”
But, when it comes to men on the red carpet, a tux is just a tux, right? WRONG. While traditionally when looking at the men of the red carpet, it seems like just a sea of the same- everyone wearing a classic black tux, providing little for the eye to digest and the mind to process and ultimately criticize. However, menswear has evolved significantly in recent decades, and there is much more available to men in terms of variation and choice, but the variation isn’t always as apparent as it is for women. For men, the variation is in the details: the fabric choice, level of sheen, lapel style, style and color of the tie, and buttons on the shirt.
From the classic look designed by Tom Ford and worn by Brad Pitt, to the dapper Navy Burberry tux worn by Frank Underwood, I mean Kevin Spacey, to the unusual shorts tux worn by Pharrel, we saw a much wider variety of men’s red carpet looks than what we would traditionally expect and than what has been portrayed by the media publications.
So, allow me to pick up their slack. Here are my favorite looks from the 2014 Oscars…
1. Joseph Gordon Levitt looked dapper in a Calvin Klein tux with just enough sparkle to stand out.
2. Kevin Spacey rocked a navy blue Burberry tux.
3. Chiwetel Ejiofor wore an amazing classic black Rake tuxedo.
4. Michael B. Jordan embodied the modern gentleman in this sleek tux by Givenchy.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio looked totally handsome in Armani…as per usual.
6. Jared Leto was a stand out on the red carpet, wearing a white tux jacket and black pants by Saint Laurent.
1. The “long on the top short on the sides” look is all the rage. Not only is this look super sexy, it works on fine, normal, and curly hair textures, and it can be worn in a slick, gel-ed, combed-back style or is a more casual tussled style. This is the kind of look that hipsters, frat boys, models, and investment bankers alike can agree is fucking awesome.
2. The “clean-cut side sweep” look. This is a slight variation on number 1 as it requires the hair on the top of the head to be slightly longer than that on the sides, but rather and being brushed back or messy and fulled up and forward, this look has the hair combed neatly to the side. This is a look for co-eds, aspiring politicians, and/ or those with a more conservative job and lifestyle.
3. The “slick and sleek” look that covered the runway for ready-to-wear women’s designers was a trend at menswear shows as well and is spreading to the streets for both sexes. It’s a versatile look because it can be successfully executed regardless of hair cut. However, I should note that this look is most easily achieved on those with straighter hair.