Adam Lambert in West Hollywood

Posted on June 01, 2011

Adam Lambert sprinkled his own particular brand of obsidian fairy dust behind him as he sauntered through the mean streets of WeHo the other night. Let’s assess.

First things first: this is most definitely NOT our style and never has been. In fact, it’s so very not our thing that we really have to struggle not to make a bunch of bitchily dismissive remarks. Not that we’re at all shy about being bitchily dismissive; just that it’s not fair to rip someone’s outfit simply because it’s not an outfit we would ever wear. We’ll say this about GLambert’s personal style: there is a right way and a wrong way to do this sort of metal/glam rock/rockabilly/goth pastiche and he has almost always fallen on the “right way” side of the question. His outfits never look thrown together nor do they look prissily overthought. Everything is coordinated; there’s just the right amount of glitter; and he never really goes too far. “Too far” meaning overdone and with little thought to how elements work together, which is a common mistake with this kind of look. Another, more surprising mark in his favor: we’re always struck by how well his clothes are fitted. And the boy don’t wear cheap; the pieces almost always look well made and expensive. Like we said, this is not our thing, but we appreciate how well Adam executes his thing (which sounds a little dirty but isn’t).

 

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  • http://profiles.google.com/cbueno.sanders Carla Bueno-Sanders

    …but good lord, purposely gray hair? I don’t know if I can be okay with that. Also, I notice the photographer needs to clean their damn lens. 

    • Anonymous

      Amen on the grey hair.  And the gloves set my teeth a bit on edge.  The rest – not my style, but it all does fit him well and he doesn’t look sloppy. 

    • http://twitter.com/musicagain Music Again

      LOL his hair’s not gray, that’s just the camera flash. He’s got kind of caramelly light brown highlights.

      You can see it better here.

      http://youtu.be/Ncsau6ZNRBU

      • http://profiles.google.com/fortysecondscarf Devin Van Hine

        Regardless of the exact color, how it’s styled is just awful. Bad disney supervillan is what it looks like to me.

      • http://profiles.google.com/fortysecondscarf Devin Van Hine

        Regardless of the exact color, how it’s styled is just awful. Bad disney supervillan is what it looks like to me.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.  After I got over my initial knee-jerk distaste of this outfit I actually found it kind of compelling and decided that I kind of like it.

  • scottyf

    Like Johnny Depp, I appreciate that he has a very personal style and sticks with it. Very handsome young man, imho.

    I wonder what he wears to his parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner? Maybe Pilgrim chaps?

  • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

    I agree that his outfit really isn’t a style I’d wear, that jacket does look kind of nice.

  • Joshau Norton

    The outfit is fine. Karl Lagerfeld would sell his soul to be able to carry off something like that.

    The hair, on the other hand, is another story. I really don’t think Heat Miser from “The Year Without a Santa Claus” holiday special is meant to be a particularly stylish look.

    • scottyf

      Thanks a lot Joshau Norton. Now I’m going to have that song in my head all day:
      I’m Mister Green Christmas
      I’m Mister Sun…”

      • Anonymous

        I’m Mr. Heat Blister
        I’m Mr. One hundred and One!

        (Me too)

        • aimee_parrott

          Friends call me Heat Miser
          Whatever I touch
          Starts to melt in my clutch
          (He’s too much)

          • http://twitter.com/margo8461 Marguerite

            Oh for goodness sake, now I will be singing that all day.
            Oh, Lord. Now this just popped into my head:

            Put one foot in front of the other,
            And soon you’ll be walking ‘cross the floooor.
            Put one foot in front of the other,
            And soon you’ll be walking out the door.

          • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

            Love that song.

          • Anonymous

            Now the song is stuck in MY head. Read the comments at your own risk, ha.

          • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

            Love that song.

      • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

        Have you ever heard the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy version?  I LOVE that song!

      • Rand Ortega

        You people are stinkin’ HILARIOUS!!!

      • Rand Ortega

        You people are stinkin’ HILARIOUS!!!

    • Anonymous

      I think Karl Lagerfeld HAS sold his soul, but even the devil can only do so much.

    • http://twitter.com/MischaMilan Mischa Milan

      The cool thing about Adam, however, is you don’t like something?  Wait a week or a day or a month and it’s on to something else.  I loved the above article because it starts out by stating that it is not their style, then critiquing it. That’s fair. Chances are you won’t see Norah Jones and Britney Spears in the same outfit or hair, but it doesn’t mean one is right and the other wrong, just that their tastes are different.  I love Adam’s fashion sense because it’s fun and edgy.  Perfectly fine that others don’t agree.

    • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

      You are right on about Herr Lagerfeld, and while I disagree about the hair, I adore your reference to Heat Miser!

    • http://twitter.com/MarieanneDH MarieanneDH

      bwah.  Awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Is he going to an 80′s dress up party? Because if he is, he should win a prize. He can work that Depeche Mode, Duran Duran look pretty well. He did a good job of copying the look, but you would think a young guy would want to  try something a litte newer or more original.

  • Anonymous

    He looks great – not completely digging the hair but love the outfit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

    He just always gives off a douche vibe to me. Can’t stand him.

    • http://twitter.com/LOVEADAMSEYES Beverly

      Who cares?

    • Anonymous

      People who know him say otherwise.  He’s a nice guy, from what I hear.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QOVVLQGSNASS4FPRGYGGU7IS4Y The Curious Printery

      Douche vibe? That is really the very last thing his is. ;)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QOVVLQGSNASS4FPRGYGGU7IS4Y The Curious Printery

      Douche vibe? That is really the very last thing his is. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Where’s WeHo? West Hoboken?

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      OMG!  I’m DYING here!  That is perfect because he does look like some kid from Hoboken or Omaha that is trying REALLY hard to be the cool kid at school.  When you have to try this hard to make a statement, the statement wasn’t worth making.

    • http://twitter.com/project_pandora Rachel S.

      WeHo is West Hollywood. :) 

    • http://twitter.com/project_pandora Rachel S.

      WeHo is West Hollywood. :) 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, that jacket.

    The boots are perfect. The fit of the pants is flawless. The shirt is inoffensive. But the jacket needs a second button further down, or it needs that button further down. It’s all pulling just a little awkwardly and it’s not quite complimenting the absolutely amazing trousers-and-riding-boots thing he’s working here. 

    The fellow he’s pictured with is sporting gloves to die for.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    I love how the pattern on his shirt resembles (purposely I’m sure) an arrow pointing straight to his crotch. Not loving the hair, but it’s a look I guess.
    He’s doing it right. Somebody is earning their money…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

    The heel on those boots makes me want to direct him to a geoffrey rush store. I have to say I really like that shirt though.

  • http://twitter.com/Niamhcat Janet Kofoed

    The hair is actually light brown– it’s the lighting that makes it look gray here.

  • Anonymous

    This is a fairly conservative outfit for him…his costumes are often quite garishly over-the-top imo.  I’m no fan, but can admit he generally does dress well…for the look he’s going after.  He pays attention to the details.

    I kind of hate the boots over pants on guys…

  • Anonymous

    Do the gloves match his shirt, or are my old lady eyes just messing with me again? 

    The hair reminds me of beauty school. Almost everyone had multi-colored hair. I can still spot a cosmetology student from a mile away.

    This isn’t any easy look to pull off. A lot of guys look like douchebag poseurs, but Adam has it down to a T. It looks good on him.

    I sometimes forget how classically handsome he is. Every few weeks on American Idol, he’d appear on stage without all the bells and whistles, and I’d be shocked by that fabulous face.

    • Anonymous

      Agree about the face.

  • Anonymous

    I dig it. He looks cool.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that the button quantity/placement on the jacket is odd, but I do love the contrasting trim.  It looks like a zipper but I can’t be sure.  Either way, it draws the eye and frames his crotch as I’m sure he wished and keeps the jacket from looking like he borrowed it from a maitre d’.  Gloves (even fingerless gloves) in May/June drive me crazy but they’re appropriate for the look.  His boyfriend is a tiny little fellow, isn’t he?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t help but love Lambert. I saw him live last summer and while his shtick doesn’t work for everyone, he owns it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

    ever since I started logging on to TLo 3 or 4 times a day my husband has been impressed by my educated comments on menswear.  In particular, about fit.  I am starting to believe that every other sin in men’s clothing is to be forgiven, as long as the clothes FIT.

    He looks exactly like a celebrity strolling around Hollywood SHOULD look.

  • Judy_J

    He certainly has his own style, and it works for him.  You can tell he put a lot of thought into his ensemble, and it all fits.  I’m not a fan, but I applaud his sense of style.

  • Anonymous

    Almost agree, the hair is the element where he went too far. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know, I think this absolutely looks too planned, too “I’m too cool for regular clothes”.  And that awful, awful hair.  Not only does he not make my pants move, he makes things go into hiding.  Ugh.

    • http://twitter.com/BeccaGo Rebecca Godan

      It IS planned. It’s a public appearance. If you’ve seen any “man on the street” paprazzi pics, he wears jeans and t-shirts like normal people, too. Who doesn’t get dressed up when they know they’re going to be performing or getting their picture taken? Also, he has the most fantastic boot collection I’ve ever seen.

    • http://twitter.com/BeccaGo Rebecca Godan

      It IS planned. It’s a public appearance. If you’ve seen any “man on the street” paprazzi pics, he wears jeans and t-shirts like normal people, too. Who doesn’t get dressed up when they know they’re going to be performing or getting their picture taken? Also, he has the most fantastic boot collection I’ve ever seen.

  • http://twitter.com/PattiHum Pat H

    It’s not grey hair, people. It’s light brown. There is just a weird reflection in these pics. And you’re right about not cheap. The shirt is Alexander McQueen.

  • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

    I actually think he does usually over do this look. Interestingly, your own site is suggesting I revisit his hideous RPDR Premiere party costume to remember just how far off the rails one can go in “basic black.”  That said, he looks fine in this outfit, except, as noted, the two-tone hair (gray or brown, still looks very Rankin-Bass) and the tight jacket. He doesn’t QUITE look like Chris Farley in David Spade’s jacket in “Tommy Boy” but that stretch across his back looks quite restrictive.

  • http://twitter.com/HazMad13 Maddy

    He was on his way back from the American Idol Finale which explains the rockabilly and “planned – I’m too cool for regular clothes” vibe.  I love that the shirt is actually made up of little skull designs and I WANT THOSE BOOTS

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I am coveting those boots.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    I love him.

  • p. clementine

    I love that he constantly works it. Also, I love that he’s surprisingly down-to-earth in his interviews and stuff… It’s so refreshing!

  • http://twitter.com/audra_robinson Audra Robinson

    Well HELLO to Adam’s nice ass! (and also to the cute boyfriend). BTW the hair is brown on top, not grey, blame the flash for washing it out to grey I guess.

  • aussiegal77

    He’s rocking the hell out of those boots.  Such a sassy glamrockgay.

  • Anonymous

    For some reason the bottom half of the look immediately had me thinking Han Solo

  • Cheri Lee

    I have always felt this way about musicians.  They have their own way of dressing, which can be hard to critique.  His clothes fit and they have some sort of style and personality.

  • Anonymous

    He puts on a helluva show if you ever get a chance to see him in person. Love him!

  • Maria Girard-Smith

    Love him and his style. Never boring!

  • Anonymous

    Not fond of the hair here, but otherwise he looks great.  He looks more toned and his complexion seems better than when he was on American Idol.  Apparently fabulous success agrees with him.

  • http://twitter.com/Chica63 Kelly

    I think Adam always (mostly) looks fabulous.  He was at the AI Finale so that’s why he’s a bit more over the top than his usual ‘walking around WeHo” dress but yes, he IS too cool for regular clothes. haha McQueen shirt and those boots are $$$

    His hair is blonde on top, not gray, the camera is just washing it out.  I love his style.. he takes risks and has fun with fashion. Isnt that what it’s for?

  • http://twitter.com/project_pandora Rachel S.

    That hair is a no no no but I love those boots and jeans. :D

  • Anonymous

    Overall he looks great here, but I would have preferred low booties or shoes rather than the pants-in-boots look. Love that blazer and shirt!

  • Anonymous

    Overall he looks great here, but I would have preferred low booties or shoes rather than the pants-in-boots look. Love that blazer and shirt!

  • chase0820

    I can get behind everything except the hair.  He looks like a Katzenjammer Kid gone to seed.

  • chase0820

    I can get behind everything except the hair.  He looks like a Katzenjammer Kid gone to seed.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

    Well it’s in the realm of my style, so here’s the critique!  The fit is good everywhere but that hideous jacket.  It’s better open than closed,but it’s overall a pretty strange cut.  The gloves are a little cringing, I wish I could see what they really looked like.  But that jacket, again, ick.  But that Eraserhead do has to go.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

    Well it’s in the realm of my style, so here’s the critique!  The fit is good everywhere but that hideous jacket.  It’s better open than closed,but it’s overall a pretty strange cut.  The gloves are a little cringing, I wish I could see what they really looked like.  But that jacket, again, ick.  But that Eraserhead do has to go.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know, this kind of look always looks so…not sure how to put it, deliberate? Forced?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know, this kind of look always looks so…not sure how to put it, deliberate? Forced?

  • http://twitter.com/BarTGila BarTGila

    The shirt is a McQueen…of course you like it….this guy could wear grocery sacks and still look put together well…and he shops and dresses himself.  He knows what he wants and how he wants it to look.  

  • http://twitter.com/Chica63 Kelly

    Im laughing and kinda shocked at the lack of hair love around here.  I love it! I wanna crawl up on top of it and purrrr like a kitten! lol

  • http://twitter.com/Chica63 Kelly

    Im laughing and kinda shocked at the lack of hair love around here.  I love it! I wanna crawl up on top of it and purrrr like a kitten! lol

  • Tamara Hogan

    The gloves and hair tipped the outfit into “trying too hard” category for me. The rest of it is great, and I seriously covet those boots.

  • Tamara Hogan

    The gloves and hair tipped the outfit into “trying too hard” category for me. The rest of it is great, and I seriously covet those boots.

  • Joyce VG

    I love Adam Lambert.

  • Joyce VG

    I love Adam Lambert.

  • Anonymous

    *sigghhhhhhhsssssssssss* I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I find him incredibly dreamy and wish I was a sexy little gothabilly boy he’d be interested in, cause I would hit that hard and often.

    I’m disappointed the hair isn’t actually grey though. I love grey/silver hair on young people.

  • Anonymous

    *sigghhhhhhhsssssssssss* I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I find him incredibly dreamy and wish I was a sexy little gothabilly boy he’d be interested in, cause I would hit that hard and often.

    I’m disappointed the hair isn’t actually grey though. I love grey/silver hair on young people.

  • http://twitter.com/lillylane1962 lilly

    His hair isn’t gray..it’s just the bad lighting..lol.   He had bronze highlights put in, and looks gorgeous!!

  • Anonymous

    I dunno.  I think it *is* a little bit too fussy.  This sort of thing is meant to be kinda rough and dirty around the edges.  Just sayin’.

  • Megan Sullivan

    Hate the hair but love the outfit!

  • MilaXX

    I feel the same way and dig his look even though I’d never wear it. Small quibble is the guy occasion wears just a tad too much makeup.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

    Ew! It looks like he’s wearing that awful sweater Mike Ruiz wore on RPDR! Other than that, he looks good (though I’m not crazy about the hairstyle >.<).

  • http://twitter.com/zipper_revolt jadziadragonrider

    Great post. Those boots are giving me everything right now.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is very, very good for Adam Lambert. I don’t agree that he “almost always” falls on the right side of the line, but then I may not see enough of him to judge, and it doesn’t matter anyway. THIS is a good, upmarket version of the look and totally appropriate to what I imagine his career & desired image is.  It’s kind of the cleaned up version that the fellas can afford once they’ve made it and are pushing 35. (Yes, I know he’s still under 30. But it’s that “mature version” look)

    Though I do find the continuing resemblance to Eddie Munster all grown up and on the town with his entourage entertaining.

  • Toni Mitt

    ITA about his style, but it’s his–and here he looks very well put together.  All interesting pieces; on anyone else, wearing them all together like this would be overwhelmingly douch-y.  But he looks good! 

  • http://profiles.google.com/cracklerod Jasper Peng

    ok fine. BUT COLOR

  • margaret meyers

    The jacket doesn’t fit right.  Lambert is tall, and you can let the sleeves on a jacket down so they fit properly, but there is nothing you can do about where the waist is except buy a bigger size (and that may not have fit as slimly as he wanted).  I think his hair is crossing a line, but otherwise Adam is so confident, so handsome and so well built he can do just about anything.

  • http://death-and-destruction.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I like how his boyfriend knows to stay out of his light.

  • Anonymous

    Everything but the hair. The hair looks like he’s been offered in marriage to The Creature.

  • Anonymous

    “…nor do they look prissily overthought. Everything is coordinated;
    there’s just the right amount of glitter; and he never really goes too
    far.”
    Disagree. Totally. He ALWAYS looks over thought.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    I think he looks mega-fabulous and if I bumped into him in WeHo, I would definitely buy Ziggy Stardust here a drink.

    • Anonymous

      “I have [not known, but enjoyed] Ziggy Stardust. And you sir, are no Ziggy Stardust.”

      Though perhaps a “you can see the resemblance in the right lighting at the perfect angle” descendant.

  • Anonymous

    Lambert never bores me, that’s for sure. I really like those boots.

  • http://twitter.com/musicagain Music Again

    I really like the look, but then I adore the dude so I’m probably not the least bit objective. It’s not a look for everyone, but somehow on Adam it works. Plus I’m fascinated by the zipper hem on his jacket.

    He’s such a total sweetheart too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lpbKr1XUSg

    • Lisa

      Yes, THIS.  Everything Music Again just posted – I love me some Glambert, so it’s hard to be unbiased.  But I do really think he looks fabulous.

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    Dirty, indeed.  He can “execute his thing” in my vicinity any old time, my friends.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    so so very 80s 90s rage & revolver–are rage & revolver still there? was that where he was?–trying to look as happy & boss as the wonderously outrageous 70s scene it, by necessity, replaced.

    i have to say: i really like his hair.
    ps. & the shirt, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001596551640 Eden Logan

    His hair color matches his outfit, lol. His hair isn’t gray, though. It’s like gold-lightbrownish. whatever. He looks good. And I like the way he’s wearing his hair.

  • Anonymous

    Move on…nothing to see here. Sorry Adam, the record flopped, the tour was dismal. YOU are soooooooooo over.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X3UMG27DFBO2MYCE2PVTGH5EBI Carly

      Trolls are so out. Get with the program. 

      The tour was an international success and so was the album. 

    • http://twitter.com/musicagain Music Again

      LOL. Adam Lambert sold more than 1.2 million of his debut album worldwide, had a tour that started off as 35 dates in the US and was expanded to over 100 dates worldwide due to enthusiastic ticket sales, and received a Grammy nom for Best Male Pop Vocal for his platinum single Whataya Want From Me. You have an interesting definition of the word flop.

  • Anonymous

    it gets a wee bit Liberace for me here and there with Adam

  • http://twitter.com/Unclassical Alexandria N

    LUV the gloves. and the zipper trim on *just* the bottom edging of the blazer. and the… platform wedge heel boots? ami seeing that right? ooooh boy WERK!
    (and yes, the hair really needs to go. althought, it is refreshing not see THAT front spiked but mostly short semi buzzed gay boy haircut that needs to die NOW. you know the one. the one everyone’s been wearing for 10 years that I think I might scream if I see agian.. and not in a good way.)

  • akprincess72

    I’m sorry, I just see Eddie Munster as a grown gay man.   He does always seem overdone to me, just maybe remove the glove-lets (I despise those at any time on any one) or a non patterned shirt, or I don’t know…   Just tone down one thing & I could get behind it a bit more.     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QOVVLQGSNASS4FPRGYGGU7IS4Y The Curious Printery

     Of course it is planned. It is his red carpet outfit for the AI final. ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/fortysecondscarf Devin Van Hine

    That hair. The outfit is fine but that HAIR. It’s awful. IT reminds me of a bad supervillian from an equally bad disney movie. If he had just not dyed it grey, or not spiked it in that particularly supersayen way…

      I don’t know. The hair really is just making the whole thing bad.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not gray tho, that’s just the odd lighting. Other pics from that night show that it’s actually brown highlights.

  • http://twitter.com/wismiss3 Sandy

    Did you guys know that this dude can actually sing????????

  • Anonymous

    I think he looks great. He’s slimmed down a bit from his Idol days – he was adorable then and super-hot now. I love that his clothes fit so perfectly.