While the Oscar red carpet is more regarded as a showplace for the female of the Hollywood species to be on full display, men are in the movies too you know. And Sunday’s broadcast was another interesting litmus test for men’s fashion and style in the movie business.
A definite return to glamour and old Hollywood was the theme outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last evening. And while there were some grumblings pre-broadcast by the critics of the lack of “fit and tailoring” by the men of the movies, those gripings proved largely unfounded. Clean lines, classic fit, a perfect use of accessories, footwear, it was all on display. And thankfully, in a definite nod to tradition, very few black neckties were to be found, instead the bow tie took center stage (as is intended with the idiom “black tie”).
Also on display, vests, cumberbunds, patent leather, suede, double breasted, shawl collars, velvet, you name it, it was out on Sunday night, and on the whole, it was looking quite nice. Throw some of the images from the red carpet into black and white or sepia tone and you could have easily been attending the Academy Awards in the 1940s. Classic met with vintage last night, and to good effect.
Another interest development from the red carpet, the hollywood beard. Hugh Jackman, Paul Rudd, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Bradley Cooper, they were all were rocking high and tight with the hair and a full, yet well kempt beard to go with it. While the beard may not be the right look for all men, one thing is for certain, the beard is a definite sign of masculinity, and was on full display last evening.
Daniel Day-Lewis was not only a winner on stage, taking home his third Best Actor Oscar, but might have been the best dressed man on the red carpet as well, as has become his reputation.
Overall, a great Hollywood evening, and despite what the critics had to say, looking good gents!