Last night, the world’s eyes were firmly fixed on the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood as it hosted the Academy Awards – or The Oscars – for the 91st time. It is one of the most exciting times of the year for actors, make-up artists, film editors, sound technicians and others involved within the film making process.
The Oscars are also a time for the stylist and performer to really show their style credentials on the red carpet. For me, the red carpet arrivals are highlight of the evening (although this years Best Actress speech, given by winner Olivia Coleman was probably the best for many years) including the guys. In the past, the men of The Oscars have made do with a black or white tuxedo, however this year it seems that they have managed to put their own spin on what ‘black tie’ means, including these actors, below, who have excelled at interpreting the red carpet dress code for 2019.
Billy Porter wearing Christian Siriano. This is a look, and a photograph, which will go down in Hollywood history. The ‘Pose’ actor took inspiration from both him and her, with his top half a tuxedo shirt; black tie and jacket offset with an elegant and flowing gown for the bottom half.
Henry Golding wearing custom Ralph Lauren. There was a risk that this look could have gone down the theatrical – and cringe-worthy – for the red carpet. However, this exceptionally well fitting, discrete and elegant white tie ensemble is understated and very smart. The only crime here? That Crazy Rich Asians was not nominated for any awards.
Nicholas Holt in Dior. Sure, Joe Alwyn looks very well presented in his chosen look but it is Holt’s origami-folded lapel jacket from Dior that steals this shot. Somewhat of a muse for Ford, after Holt starred in his film ‘A Single Man’, its refreshing to see Holt go French in this subtle yet stylised twist on the tuxedo is a winner with a difference.
Rami Malek in Saint Laurent. He came, he saw, he conquered as Best Actor. The right choice for Malek as it fits impeccably, and has the right amount of modernity without making the star seem like a clotheshorse.
Mahershala Ali in Zegna. This, for me, is the perfect way to not do black-tie whilst still adhering to the dress code. I think it is the way in which he has layered the pieces together with the Grandad-collar shirt that gives a sense of occasion whilst conveying a sense of simplicity. And of course, throw in a black beanie and ‘70s specs because, why not?