Robert Downey Jr. at Germany ‘Iron Man 3’ Photocall

Posted on April 12, 2013

Long-time, devoted Bitter Kittens know that T + Lo have a longstanding issue with the way Miss Downey dresses herself.  For the Cliff Notes version, head over here and watch us yell at him impotently. Basically, our bitch comes down to this: poledancing for any project requires a little more effort than putting on an ill-fitted suit and a pair of kicks more suitable for a grade-schooler.

So perhaps it may surprise you when we say, if RDJ showed up on the red carpet looking like this more often, we’d complain far less:


Robert Downey Jr. attends the ‘Iron Man 3’ Photocall in Munich, Germany.

No, really.

Yes, he’s still being an ass on the RC, and no, we can’t say this outfit looks stylish as the term is normally defined, but this is an actual put-together look. There was thought and effort made. It tips its hat to the setting in a cheeky way. It’s got real personality to it. And perhaps most strange of all, this outfit fits him better than anything we’ve seen him wear in years. This illustrates an idea we’ve had for a while about actors and fashion. If they’re someone like RDJ, who clearly doesn’t take it seriously, then a stylist should direct him to think of the red carpet appearance as a performance and the clothing as a costume.

Seriously, we love this. It’s fun. More, please.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • snarkykitten

    now that really evokes the gay elderly wind chime look.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    I wonder if he got this message on his answering machine:

    “We’ve finished the crotch embroidery on your leiderhosen. They are ready for pick up.”

    • lizlemonglasses

      That would make a great fashion mad lib. “We’ve finished the ___ ____ on your ____.”

      • Mismarker

        I used to just put the word “poop” on every line. Oh, hilarity.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        All right. I’ll play for the waist necklace he has.

        “We’ve finished ADJUSTING THE CHAIN LINKS on your PENILE SWAG. You may pick up at your convenience. Mind you. The upcoming holiday, we’ll close at 4pm on Friday and will reopen at 10am Monday. We look forward to seeing you soon!”

      • jetpackdino

        “We’ve finished attaching the CLAW CHARMS on your CODPIECE. No animals were harmed in the creation of this item.”

    • Oh LORD how I love this idea. lol

      • lizlemonglasses

        Fashion Mad Libs needs to be a new feature, TLo. And maybe Mad Men Mad Libs, too!

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          TLO used to do Dress Libs.

        • gabbilevy

          Bonus eBook with the actual book coming out next year?

    • Nicholas

      Stranger things have been said. Just listen to LBJ ordering trousers from his tailor from the presidential tapes—or better, don’t, lest you care about your sanity.

      • I’ve heard it. It’s hilarious.

      • Ohmygoodness I just watched it on Youtube – amazing.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        Is that the tape where he screams about the size of his cuffs and blames Julie Andrews for his flat butt?

    • BrooklynBomber


  • mecmec

    shine on, you crazy diamond

    • drdarke

      ODM – TLo have succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome big-time, haven’t they? And apparently it’s contagious…..

      Dears…? While yes, there is a certain tongue-in-cheek appeal to RDJ appearing on a German runway in lederhosen and a suede jacket – it’s Not A Good Outfit. I will admit that, after his PUNK’D Korean tour (I still wonder if PSY mugged his stylist there and took his/her place?), this at least looks like a deliberate joke – but still, No.

  • lizlemonglasses

    It is so strange how I can find him so attractive (even sexy) in his movies and… not at all IRL. Like, not even a tiny smidge.

    Scroll-down manpri kills the look for me! It’s like people who wear big sweaters with short-shorts. His top half is all wrapped up, and then those calves, just hanging out. Off balance. (And there’s a fine line between “fun” and ridiculous.)

  • Laylalola

    Yikes, I guess all of his looks seem ridiculously contrived to me (in the way a teen might obsess hours and hours over getting a sloppy look Just. So.) as opposed to him being a not-caring-how-I-look kind of guy.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    There’s an Augustus Gloop stomach stapling and goes to Hollywood joke in there somewhere…

  • I see him examining himself in the mirror and thinking “alright, but it NEEDS something….more…” and then noticing that the scarf tied to his wife’s purse exactly matches the green of his socks, and stealing it to repurpose as a neckerchief.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Wow! That has made my Friday so far. I’m just concerned about how he’s able to get those pants off to go to the bathroom. They look overly complicated.

  • He’s like a gay extra in Kill Bill

  • Is it me, or is “this year’s green” not his friend? That scarf next to his skin is making him look sallow. I actually love the playfulness on display here. And the boy has some great looking calves. (jus’ sayin’)

    • Whever

      Seriously. His legs are making me drool a little, and when it’s embroidered leiderhosen doing that, you KNOW it’s a fine pair of legs on display.

      • If only he wasn’t being such an obviously ridiculous douche canoe on the RC, I would love this.

        • Whever

          The “LOOK AT MAH SHOOOZ” pose *really* doesn’t work when it’s a pair of damn hiking boots.

          • Yup, he’s definitely rocking a couple of Schuhplatler moves there. Sehr Bayrisch, as my grandma would sneer.

        • Sarah

          HA, douche canoe. What is WITH those poses? He doesn’t even do that stuff in his sneakers and shiny suits. It’s like the lederhosen are giving him LIFE.

          • I THINK what he’s doing here is attempting to reference the German folk dance that involves slapping one’s feet on the side. Just guessing, of course.

          • Sarah

            Oh, how culturally sensitive of him. I’m sure you’re right, since he went ahead and wore the equivalent of a cowboy costume in the US to a German event. Classy, as always. Not that I’m complaining, I like the look, sans kerchief. I’m a manleg fan. Of course, nobody does manlegs like Magnum P.I.

          • filmcricket

            That was my impression, too. I’m sure the Germans in the audience were thrilled.

            Still, nice wheels, RDJ.

    • The Loden green is not his friend at all. But at least it stops the jacket from blending into his face.

    • MilaXX

      He does have nice legs. Wouldn’t mind see those sticking out under a kilt.

      • I would happily lend him one of mine.

        • formerlyAnon

          Hem it up so that it’s a mini, ok? I don’t think he’d mind, and I think his legs can stand up to the scrutiny.

          • I could create one for him custom, of course.

          • formerlyAnon

            It might take a few fittings.

          • Yep, could require rigorous attention to detail.

          • formerlyAnon

            One could be certain that no matter what, there’d be a good story to tell. Whichever RDJ personality showed up.

          • Soooooo true. Though I would welcome certain personas more than others

          • BaddestMotherEver

            Attention to de Tail.

          • Well, since you mention it, yeah.

        • CurbGirl

          You, sir, are the spirit of generosity!

      • Yes. More men should wear kilts.

        • You KNOW I’m gonna agree with that!

          • I think because the boys at the school next to mine wore kilts for cadets, I have a soft spot for them!

          • MikeW_Vegas

            I’ve often considered a kilt, but just not sure if I have the cajones to wear it.

          • Trust me when I say this. You will be continually surprised by not only the number, but the sorts of people who will seek you out to compliment your style.
            And whatever flavor of folks you like, you’ll find lots of them suddenly expressing an interest.

          • MikeW_Vegas

            I saw them all over in Dallas last month and was seriously considering it.

          • formerlyAnon

            It is not just that many men appear to an advantage in a kilt (trousers can be sooo unkind.) The perception that this person HAS the cojones to wear a kilt, and the imagination to consider doing so in the first place – well. It makes a good first impression, let us say.

          • I have many times been approached with respectful admiration by men who might in other circumstances be far less friendly, because I have the cojones to wear a kilt.

      • That’s how my calves look when I wear heels. Methinks there be lifts in those boots.

        • fursa_saida

          Definitely. I saw some pictures of him in this outfit standing next to Gwyneth and their heights looked suspiciously similar. And she was in heels, though not huge ones.

    • Czarina5 Czarina5

      The green scarf and socks are just a bit too matchy matchy for my taste.

    • StellaZafella

      Fred, Velma and Scooby hunt ghosts in the Swiss alps…

    • j_anson

      It really makes you realize how covered up men are on the red carpet: RDJ showing his calves almost feels a little shocking. Meanwhile, women are wearing less and less.

  • Did cowboys wear lederhosen? And talk about a scrolldown FUG—I was quite unprepared for the hairy legs which appeared on my screen. Astonishingly, this *is* the best fitting thing he’s worn in a blue moon. I still can’t get behind this look but at least the doo-das across his hoo-ha make it impossible to have an open fly moment! (and yes, I can see that it buttons & doesn’t zip)

  • TheLaurenJean

    I love it. It’s hilarious, which is something that needs to be said more about the red carpet.

    • Sara L.

      I actually laughed aloud at these pictures. I love somebody who isn’t afraid to be goofy.

  • formerlyAnon

    Your point is dead on. I have always wondered why actors who dress (and especially pose) schlubby on the red carpet can’t hire someone to coach them into acting the part of a fashionable, well dressed person.

    Agree with your preference for this incarnation of RDJ. At least it’s entertaining.

  • Mismarker

    I thought that was Johnny Depp. In the words of Highlander: There can only be one!!

    • I’m envisioning some sort of stylized accessories pose off.

      • formerlyAnon

        God no. Depp would stand there completely relaxed and Downey would be bouncing around like a 13 year old boy showing off for the crush he’s too nervous to talk to. Some bystander would try to brain Downey out of irritation. There would be security, and body guards, fuss and bother. Robert would be the only one happy.

    • bellafigura1

      Yep, those are Johnny’s pants.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Robert Downey Jr. is….THE LONELY GOAT-HERD.

    • formerlyAnon

      Oh. my. god. If this doesn’t happen on Saturday Night Live I will feel forever deprived.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      Julie Andrews will sing his praises

  • Lose the scarf, it’s perfect.

  • nannypoo

    I like this a lot. It’s the posing that makes it work because he’s putting in some effort and making it clear that he agrees with us about the silliness of it. The only thing I don’t like, and it’s probably the least silly thing, is the little neckerchief. I want it to be more of a statement. Maybe if he turned it around with the point in front, I don’t know. Anyway, it seems his junior high school years are lasting a lot longer than anyone else’s.

  • AndresB

    What’s there NOT to love?
    He gives new meaning to the expression ‘step and repeat’, he drives home the absurdity of movie premiere poledancing, he apparently has a great sense of humor about his own sexually ambiguous self, and he goes through this whole routine with the best deadpan since Marlene: It’s Downey Divine!

    • RebeccaKW

      I fell in love with him just a little bit more after these pictures.

      • madge

        i can’t remember the last time a bunch of red carpet pics made me guffaw. well done RDJ!

    • I would have loved it even more if he’d worn the German Trachten-type jacket with the lederhosen. True story: My mother is of German descent and used to dress up my brothers in little lederhosen outfits and me in a little German dirndl. Authentic stuff. I’m sure it was cute but at the time we were rolling our eyes at each other. I think I still have the dirndl and one of the lederhosen on a closet shelf.

      • Dirndl photos are obligatory for little German girls, aren’t they? I know I have one from Easter when I was a toddler.

        • AndresB

          No, fortunately they’re not.
          The idea that Bavaria (= Lederhosen and Dirndl) or Tyrol, which is in Austria (= von Trapp family = Sound of Music) equal Germany is nothing but a popular misconception – a bit like Europeans thinking that all American guys dress like a 1950s B-movie cowboy.

  • Jessi03

    Bahahaha! I love him so much!

  • formerlyAnon

    This also makes me pine to see him in a Terry Gilliam project.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Yeah, I’d find that infinitely more interesting than another superhero movie.

  • Is he back on the drugs? Sigh. His need for attention at home must be EXHAUSTING.

    • formerlyAnon

      “His need for attention at home must be EXHAUSTING.”

      Yes. We know people like this, don’t we? (Well, not *exactly* like this, but . . .)

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      I need more coffee just from looking at the man.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Bavarian cowboy

    • lizlemonglasses


  • He’s insane and I love him.

  • I can’t. I am German, and this is ridiculous. Bavarian Lederhosen don’t go with a tan jacket. If he wants to look real cray cray, take it one step further and wear a Dirndl, leggings, a leather jacket and a purple wig.

  • MilaXX

    In for a penny, in for a pound eh? Seriously this made me laugh so hard and this morning is one of those days where you wake up with a headache and want to growl at the world.

  • I love you guys, but I think that someone tipped him off to your last post about him and he’s mocking you by trying to out-Depp Johnny Depp.

  • 909girl601world

    He looks crazy as hell. I love it!

  • d4divine

    I love that he doesn’t take The RC seriously, it is refreshing to see an actor act silly just because…it is a superhero movie and daddy is getting paid. Weeee…

  • Catiline

    It’s bananas even by his standards! And let’s call the pelvic embroidery an interesting way to make up for last round’s XYZ issues.

  • disqus_sZRDWtvvVD

    Whoa! I was so not ready for that scroll down! LOL

  • Donna Schmidt

    I totally agree with you. This is just fun.

  • trixietru

    I get TLo’s point, can appreciate the whimsy and playful posing, but this is wince/cringe for me. Sort of how I got through Robert and Jude in Sherlock Holmes. He is a very handsome guy and an amazing dramatic, comedic actor. For some reason I feel embarrassed for him taking the silly route.

  • Eric Stott

    Nothing succeeds like excess.

  • melissaisasnob

    Small feet.

  • Corsetmaker

    I suspect if I was German I might be a tad pissed off. I mean I’m used to actors coming here and wearing a kilt, even unconventionally (Vin Diesel in leather at Edinburgh one Hogmanay) but when they do the stupid mock highland fling moves it’s really annoying – and this is falling into that category. So, no. But it fits, the jacket is nice and he managed to fit lifts into something other than trainers!

    • charlotte

      I’m not pissed off. I actually think this is hilarious (probably because it’s RDJ).
      And I’m glad that this is a post about something happening in Germany and I haven’t read a single Sprockets comment and only a moderate amount of Sound of Music comments so far.
      Bring on the bagpipes, shamrocks, berets and baguettes! I’m ready for the Downey Tour of European Stereotypes.

      • Corsetmaker

        Certainly the fact he looks good helps.
        Yeah,if this is going to be a running theme I’m looking forward to what he comes up with next 😉
        (I can’t talk, went to Austria on holiday a few years back and was awfully tempted by the dirndls. But they wouldn’t have worked as well in the middle of Glasgow LOL!)

  • 3boysful

    So, I look at the thumbnail thinking, “Really, a green bandana? Well, we’ll see how this is going to work . . . . ”
    Then, as I scroll down I cannot stop laughing.

  • Whatever the hell that is, I’m enjoying it down to every thread!

  • Jecca2244

    well! Now I officially miss Munich, pretzels from a street cart, and beer at the Haufbrauhaus.

  • YoungSally

    Having lived in Heidelberg…this is a very good attempt…and very funny…..the shoes just aren’t German enough….his look too “high-tech”.

    And if you are going to wear Lederhosen….you really should go all the way with the requisite suspenders and hat.

    Now where can we send RDJ next to display national costume…..

  • Chickadeep

    I don’t care, I love him. I want to live in a world where RDJ, Alan Cummings, and HBC attend every red carpet event.

    • That would be SO. MUCH. FUN.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    So adorable… I can’t help it!!

  • Flooolia

    Finally, an occasion that validates his predilection for, shall we say, oversized footwear. Loving it, although there is something grating about how that shirt sits around the upper part of his chest.

  • GoryDetails

    Hee! The Crazy Tyrolian Cowboy look! [It’s certainly more fun than his usual rumpled look; perhaps this is his way of coping with all the flack about the horribly wrinkled trousers he usually wears.]

  • I think my laughter from looking at these pictures woke me up today better than my coffee did. Good thing I’m in the office so early today that I’m by myself.

  • Candigirl1968

    Is it wrong to ask someone who is doing what is part of their job (that pays them gajillions of dollars) to show up to a work function in real work clothes?

    • I don’t think the “real work clothes” rule applies for celebrities on the red carpet. Especially if you’re one with a reputation like RDJ. Now, if he showed up like this to the Oscars, or something, I’d take issue with it because it would be disrespectful to the setting. Here? He’s just having fun.

      • Candigirl1968

        I might agree with you (a la Madonna with her Boy Scout outfit), if RDJ didn’t so often show up on the red carpet showing up like he did only a few days ago (e.g., with a crumpled up Vivienne Westwood with his fly open and high tops better suited for a 10 year old).

        • I don’t disagree with you there… THAT look was deplorable.

  • Alyssa

    I was literally laughing out loud while scrolling through these pictures. I bookmarked this post for whenever I need a good laugh…so thanks for that RDJ!

  • The Twitters report that he is quoted as saying this outfit is partly in tribute to his mother’s German ancestors (and it was her 79th birthday yesterday). Which, even if not true nor accurately quoted, still is adorable. But yeah, glad he’s having fun with it! And tailored!

  • crash1212

    Plus, it made me laugh out loud – long and hard – not a bad thing on a gloomy Friday morning fraught with work shenanigans. Well done RDJ!

  • Judy_S

    I wanna see the Edinburgh premiere…

    • If he shows up in a kilt, I will swoon. This? Not so much, although I do appreciate the humor in it.

  • He looks like a lunatic, and I LOVE it.

  • kmk05

    PIRATE!!!!! Where is Orlando Bloom. Do they serve on the Black Pearl. I yearn to know why he isn’t wearing a hat.

    His shirt is a bit too tight, but this is magnificent.

  • Love it! This is perfect. He should, as you say, regard it as a performance and perfect his costume in the future.

  • Apocalipstick Now Redux

    I haven’t laughed that gleefully at a red carpet shot in ages. He looks like he’s having fun with it and that makes the look all the better.

  • Qitkat


    First thing he has worn in centuries that I have liked. For the time being he has redeemed himself.

    My favorite part is where he has kept the same deadpan expression thoughout.

  • Agreed. He’s bats#$% crazy and he should wear clothes that reflect that.

    • He’s like HBC… the “rules” don’t apply to him.

  • BaddestMotherEver

    This turned in to a case of “scroll down guffaw” for me! I like his silliness.

  • jilly_d

    That last shot made me LOL, in a good way. Oh RDJ, never change.

  • alice20c

    LOVE! See, all my against-the-flow enthusiasm’s been justified. Yay! Plus, Downey-calf has made my day.

  • MzzPants

    He kept a straight face through all of that! Somebody needs to nominate him for an award.

  • He should keep that blazer. It’d look great with jeans. His shirt is still too tight though.

    I kind of want a pair of these leiderhosen for myself – I bet I could spiff ’em up right cute. I’ll take the boots for the boyf.

  • christinewithanx

    HOT. Even the green socks. HOT.

  • Cathy S

    I love this so much. Bravo!

  • SewingSiren

    Here’s the thing. I just don’t like him.

    • formerlyAnon

      I have the strong impression that in real life, I wouldn’t be able to stand him. Or worse, his good points would suck me in but he’d be one of those people whose presence in your life is not an asset. But I like him as an actor.

  • Imasewsure

    Yes at least he looks like a pretentious college idiot instead of a lazy grade schooler. I really would just have him stay home if he were in one of my (imaginary) movies

  • decormaven

    Guffaw! He’s owning this look. Much better than his earlier attempts. Anyone recognize the boot manufacturer? Asolo?

  • Oh that is the most sublimely ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    He definitely looks thinner here than he did in the ill-fitting suit of the other day.

  • j_anson


  • lobsterlen

    Lederhosen for a German premiere … well played Robert. Talk about dressing for your audience. Complete with hiking hiking boots. He is all ready for Austrian Alps after his red carpet appearance.

  • reebism

    I would watch a movie based on this red carpet. I would watch ten movies. In theaters. I would watch him reading the phonebook, in this outfit.

    No, I actually don’t have a crush on RDJ, but this should be a movie.

  • mhleta

    Those pants are actually insanely gorgeous. I’d love to see them as part of an ensemble on some leggy female model. He’s still a twit, but a well-panted twit at least.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    crying with laughter here…

  • alyce1213

    I’m accepting the crazy because it’s far better than contempt.
    The lederhosen, shirt and jacket are all gorgeous articles of clothing.
    Well done.

  • Chickadeep

    Robert Downey, Jr. serves up some FIERCE Hummel Figurine realness here. I cannot look away! Best LOLz of the week.

  • ojosazules

    Scroll down lederhosen. A first.

  • Carly Warnock

    Thank you for posting this. It broke up the very long day of marking and thesis writing I’ve had. I laughed for two minutes straight.

  • dashwoodstole

    Looking good, but the guy’s clearly an arsehole.

  • This just made my day.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    This is magnificent.

  • bluefish

    Love it! I think he’s messing with y’all. Didn’t his daddy write and direct “Greasers’ Palace?” Bad bad boys. Think he looks very very sweet and cute.

  • Anniebet

    So hilarious. And it really works as a piece of performance art. Yay for RD and his stylist.

  • Contralto

    God, how I love him.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I love him irrationally, but can you imagine being a teenager and having him as a father?

  • kaycem

    it’s because you said johnny depp was more stylish than he is, so he decided to give you some gay windchime / pirate realness.

  • Two Bavarians loving the lederhosen, here. CUUUUUTE.

  • guest2visits

    Like his shoe preferences; this might not work for anyone – but I think RDJ does have fashion cred; he has fun
    and looks good 99% of the time. This is perfect; I love it.

  • quiltrx

    Can I just say his hair looks fantastic? And I love that he has incorporated his weiner area into the “elderly gay windchime” motif. I think that, plus the not-tennis-shoes that he’s obviously pointing out, prove that he DOES care what T and Lo think!

  • spinachleaf

    Captain Von Trapp five minutes after he came out.

  • kathrineb

    Terrible but you can’t help but love him!

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    I haven’t laughed out loud like that at a picture in a while! I can only bow down at RDJ.

  • BrooklynBomber

    That’s hilarious. I love it. And no sneakers!!! The only change I’d make is to remove the little neckerchief.

  • Adorable!

  • somehow i see a leprechaun… who decided to try brown… o_o

  • Kathleen B

    more men should adopt the penis chain

  • luluransom

    T and Lo, I couldn’t agree more.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    RDJ was a ballet dancer – and here he’s posing in coupe’ and in tendu later. All I need to see is a port de bras and he wins.