Alan Cumming at The BAFTA Awards

Posted on November 08, 2012

Let’s kick off the morning with some male sartorial deliciousness, shall we?

 

Alan Cumming hosts the 2012 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards Presented By BBC AMERICA in Beverly Hills, California.

Near-perfection.

But only “near.” We were willing to overlook them the last time and award him a WERQ, but we simply can’t get past those Frankenstein shoes. Why, Alan? Why go to all the trouble to wear a gorgeous, meticulously tailored, head-turning tux, and then ruin it by putting on a pair of gardening shoes? Is there some sort of foot issue we need to be aware of? Aren’t there better orthopedic shoes out there for you to buy? No one’s saying that you have to sport something painful and pointy-toed but surely there’s a happy medium between fierce, uncomfortable shoes and something they give prisoners to wear so they don’t hang themselves, yes?

The shame of it all is that his pants look to be perfectly hemmed but his clown shoes ruin the line.  Oh well. He’s so far ahead of the rest of the celebrity XY pack when it comes to fashion risk-taking that we suppose we’ll have to begrudgingly overlook his shoe issue.

[Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images]

    • http://profiles.google.com/urbangypsyt Tess D

      He is just the awesome…even in gardening shoes.

    • http://twitter.com/SillyGrrlJen Silly Grrl

      My thoughts exactly. Those shoes are hiddy. The tux is fantastic though.

    • http://twitter.com/SillyGrrlJen Silly Grrl

      Glad to see he doesn’t have Something About Mary hair this time too.

    • mjude

      who else could pull that look off?  he is adorable even with the bad shoes :)

    • Janet B

      Those shoes are ready for snow or rain. Alan wouldn’t have seen either, but he was ready.

    • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

      Love love LOVE the tux. Hate the shoes, but maybe he was planning on going for a hike after the show?

    • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

      They look like those Dr. Scholl sneakers that middle-aged men wear with stonewashed mom jeans. I’m all for funky and edgy but those are not.

      • DeborahJozayt

        Oooh. Those are nice, but the front looks like a clown shoe due to the shape, no? Either way, they’re so much better than Dr. Scholl shoes!

        • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

          Must be the angle on the photograph but I’ve seen these in person and the toe looks fine. Granted, Miucca likes to exaggerate proportions and in this case the toe has been made slightly larger but they look great, but definitely need someone with some confidence to wear as they are not sedate little shoes.

    • ralish

      He looks like a clown dressed as a waiter.

      • Winter_White

        For some reason, I can’t stop laughing at this.  Thank you for that image, Ralish!  (A clown-waiter takes your order, honks a big horn at you, then rides off on a unicycle…)

    • schadenfreudelicious

      they could almost pass for Crocs…yes to Alan, gawd no to the shoes…

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      LeSigh.   I can only aspire to such sartorial greatness.  He is so totally awesome. And I happen to love the frankenshoes.

      • librarygrrl64

        Love the shoes, but not with this.

    • In_Stitches

      Isn’t it a rule to never button the bottom button?  Eh…screw rules, he looks great.  I wish the pants were a bit more fitted and tailored a bit shorter in a trendier style.  Such a bold color in a classic cut looks a bit odd to me. 

      • http://twitter.com/k8twolf Katie Wolf

        I thought that was the rule w/ 3-button suits

      • MoHub

        I believe the rule originated with King Edward VII, who had a bit too much of a belly to get that bottom button closed. Since he was the King, not buttoning the bottom button became a fashion rule.

        It’s good to be the King!

      • hyperionic

        I love that he does that. Everyone says you can’t button the bottom button because the ruins the drape of the suit. Which is obviously ridiculous if you look at Alan who always looks great. 

        • decormaven

          I like the bottom button buttoned to get a better sense of the shape, even though it’s not accepted fashion. Buttoned or unbuttoned, he looks great. Those shoes- well, they are another story. 

    • nannypoo

      OK, I don’t like the shoes either, but the rest of it is awesome. He even knows how to look relaxed in front of a camera. 

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

      Sorry, I can’t with this, but only because that particular shade and treatment of red reminds me of the GAY waiters from Hello Dolly (ala your old Musical Mondays post). 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         What better color then, for the Way Gay Mr Cumming?

        • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

          Haha I’ll concede that, but my problem was more that it looks like those waiters than that it looks gay. 

    • kimmeister

      His best accessory: the mischievous twinkle in his eye.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         So right!   He always looks so cute when he smiles with the knowing look.  I want to take him and, well,…

      • formerlyAnon

         Yes. He always photographs as if he’s enjoying his life and is perfectly willing to invite you to the party.

        Even if it’s acting or just a happy accident of genetics, that’s an irresistible trait.

        Of course, I also think he’s quite good-looking, but that’s something else entirely – much more common and so often just the precursor to disappointment.

        • kschwarting

          Which seems so apropos considering he played the Emcee in “Cabaret”–”Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome!”  I’d love to go to an Alan Cumming-hosted party.

        • Corsetmaker

          Genuine I think. He got chucked out a casino when he was back home in Glasgow a few months back for doing drunken handstands in the foyer! Irrepressible is the word I think :D

    • call_me_schmeg

      for some reason minnie mouse pops to mind.

    • SneakyKitty

      ehh, I dunno fellas, I love him and his quirky suit choices, but he looks like a bellhop.  That’s all I can see.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I lurve him, but it seems like the white shirt and black tie make the whole thing so stark. I don’t know what color shirt and/or tie would work better, I really don’t, but somehow those bother me.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Love the suit AND the shoes. The whole package is gorgeous!

    • MoHub

      A black pocket square would also help complete the look. I have less trouble with the shoes.

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

       Love the suit, love the Cary Grant hair, but reprehensible shoes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      At first I thought I should overlook the frankenshoes b/c he’s AlanfuckingCumming…but then I remembered he was working a capri pant suit last week with same colored loafers and though…no, he knows better.  He’s AlanfuckingCumming.

    • http://twitter.com/tangodiva Tanya Wade

      The line of the coat is heaven, but I can’t overlook “Le Shoe, a fine petroleum product from France” (anyone else remember that ancient SNL skit?)

    • siriuslover

      Couldn’t agree more. The Bitter Kittens know how I love me some Alan Cumming, but those shoes are too hiddy to get behind. Frankenshoes for sure.

    • MilaXX

      The very definition of a scroll down fug. The shoes darn near ruin the look.

    • afabulous50

      We have a guy in our office that wears a suit like that to our yearly holiday party.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Dear celebrity males: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE start wearing colorful tuxes. That would make award shows a lot more interesting on your part. And NO, you DON’T leave it to the 3-4 guys who already try to dress interestingly. YOU ALL DO IT. Just like your female colleagues.

    • M_E_S

      Can he guest star on Revenge so he and Nolan can have a dress-off?  Between this outfit and Nolan’s blue tux, I’m hoping a colorful tux trend is headed our way.

      • formerlyAnon

         Is that really fair to Nolan?

      • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

         BRB, off to Tumblr to look up Nolan’s blue tux…

      • oohsparkley!

        Best idea ever!

    • Vera L-

      anyone else see him and think “Pee Wee’s Long Lost Brother” ??

    • crash1212

      Why would Alan Cumming wear “gardening shoes” with a meticulous tux? Because he’s Alan Cumming…thought that would be obvious…and I think this is a great look – because – of the gardening shoes.

    • quiltrx

      I just scroll to where I can’t see his rain shoes, and he looks absolutely fabulous.  Not many could WERQ that red, but he sure can!  And THIS is what I like in a tux jacket–skimming the body perfectly, but not pulling anywhere.  In other words, it fits. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=122613264 Carly Warnock

      Those shoes are the stuff of nightmares. He is so damn fine though.

    • http://twitter.com/uyeahu Michelle Wilson

      I don’t like the fit of the pants either. He seems to be swimming in them. I’m sure it’s just the color that’s throwing me off, but the whole suit seems like it should be a bit more fitted.

    • MoreShoes

      I like him but it’ll take some more to overlook the shoes and the stupid V-sign.

    • Tatiana Luján

      The shoes ruin the look. Out.

    • MarshaMarz

      Please don’t hate me, but he looks like Pee Wee Herman’s more responsible brother

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      I think the shoes are Keens.

    • StellaZafella

      Alan, come here, take the ortho shoes off and let me rub your feet…
      There, problem solved for both of us.

    • http://CallMeJane.com/ CallMeJane

      He is always beautiful.  I have such a fondness for him and his highly unique style.  

    • http://twitter.com/Hypnos Aya Shirai

      Is it my Japanese fashion bias that I don’t like how long the jacket is on him? I believe the standard in the West is to have the suit jacket hit the 2nd knuckle of the body, but if one’s legs are not super long in proportion to the torso (as many Japanese folks’ and I am kind of suspecting Mr. Cumming’s are not) it cuts you off and gives you a dumpier-shorter appearance.  I really want to see a jacket a few inches shorter on him.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      A man that can rock a red tux on the RC should be able to come up with better shoes.  Otherwise, he’s adorable.

    • Contralto

      This silly little man cracks me the hell up.  I just love him.

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      Stand firm on your distaste of the gardening shoe!

    • aumerle

      I’d bet my bunions that those are Keens. I love him for it, but then I have aggressively ugly taste in shoes as long as they’re comfy, drawing the line only at Crocs.

      • noVGL

        Was thinking the same thing, and the same taste in shoes. have six pairs of Keen and love them all for their uglitasticnessessess.

    • julnyes

      Alan walks to the beat of his own drummer and I love him for that, but I can’t deal with those shoes.

    • LeifBallard

      I agree, everything works but those horrible shoes…also I would have preferred with with only the top button buttoned.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Are those Keens? I can’t believe my eyes. 

    • formerlyAnon

      I would prefer snazzier shoes, but it’s Alan Cumming and I think he transcends. He might even single-handedly make them a fad, so I’d say don’t call attention to them.

      If I got the choice between having him shave off the scruffle or change shoes, I’d go for the shave.

      But then, anyone who’s been reading my comments for all these years knew that already.

       

    • formerlyAnon

      P.s. God he’s SO appealing. It’s almost just the cherry on the sundae that he dresses so nicely.

    • PrunellaV

      I don’t know. There’s something bellhop-y about this look.

    • maggiemaybe

      He looks a little like Satan’s waiter to me… but as adorable as can be regardless.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      I don’t know; I think the tux is a skosh too big.  But I am in agreement on the shoes.  I wonder if Alan’s closest is the male equivalent of Carrie Bradshaw’s..?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2066192 Melissa Mellon

      I LOVE THIS MAN!
       

    • Zippypie

      He’s so delicious that I’m willing to pretend he has no feet in this instance.

      • Winter_White

        Zippypie, hee, that was both funny and slightly disturbing…

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      Perfect, EXCEPT for those clunkers on his feet. Otherwise, Alan Cumming adorableness all the way. 

    • DCSheehan

      Love it all, especially the clunky shoes. I too prefer beefy shoes with a nice suit (and my feet are so wide you ain’t squeezing ‘em into anything ‘elegant’.

    • http://www.facebook.com/renate.yerkes Renate Yerkes

      its quite scottish to disregard conformity. I think  the combo seems a little bit steampunk or something. i like it and the brazenness it represents.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

      The dimples! I love him.

    • ccm800

      Werq from em. 

    • bitterk

      He is and always will be adorable.  

    • librarygrrl64

      Agreed. Those shoes give him Mickey Mouse feet. The impression is further enhanced by the red and the bow tie. :-/