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In 1929, when Janet Gaynor won the first Oscar in History, she was wearing a plain shirt, a skirt, a scarf and sneakers that she bought for herself. Eight decades later, looks and glamour have taken over the red carpet, and are talked about as much as the awarded Oscars.
The outfits of the ladies have always gotten more attention, than the Menswear. However, according to the Telegraph, this Sunday will be all about Menswear style on the red carpet and not as usual, about the ladies and their queen-like gowns or chic short dresses.
While all the attention normally goes to the spectacular gowns, this year it’s worth giving more thoughts to the gentlemen. The road to the red carpet is usually paved with safe and standard suits, which it’s why it is so great to see an increasing number of designers reworking the codes of formal attire for men.
There are a few gentlemen who have set trends along the years, such as Gregory Peck and Cary Grant with their stately white tie tuxes, pristine, sharp and visible. However we all feel that it is time for a change, and so we cannot help ourselves but admire the courage of Britain’s bright young talent Eddie Redmayne (who is a favorite to win Best Actor at the Oscars for The Theory of Everything) who explores fresh, yet traditional menswear on the red carpet. The actor chose a beautiful Giorgio Armani liquid velvet tuxedo in indigo, with contrasting peak lapels to take home his Bafta a couple of weeks ago.
Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne
For the Premier of the movie “The Theory of Everything” in London, Redmayne wore a lean fitting, blue plaid Hardy Amies suit.
Another young actor who has dared putting aside the classic black tuxedo, is Douglas Booth, who wore a shawl collared velvet tuxedo from Dunhill in a soft teal shade, at this years Baftas.
As we can see, Velvet is slowly becoming a rich, tactile choice for Britain’s leading gentlemen. Men should be allowed to have a little fun with their evening attire, just like the ladies. Jared Leto used a classic Saint Laurent tuxedo at last year’s Academy Awards, with glossy shoes and a red bow tie.
The year before that, he wore a gold jacquard, also by Saint Laurent, with a jaunty pink pocket square.
Even Ryan Gosling has shown his preference for cobalt blue and claret shaded suiting from the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo and Balenciaga in the past. He especially enjoys pieces with color, texture or intricate detail.