Robert Downey Jr. in Vivienne Westwood
Now, before we get started – and oh, yes, we ARE going somewhere; make no mistake – we’re going to acknowledge all of the people who are about to tell us they don’t care how he looks and they love him and isn’t style all about being yourself (no, not really) and marching to your own drum and why don’t you leave him alone! Also, for some reason: Helena Bonham Carter!
And here we are acknowledging them: OH PLEASE, BITCHES.
Robert Downey Jr. attends the ‘Iron Man 3′ South Korea Premiere in Vivienne Westwood.
Vivienne Westwood Fall 2013 Menswear Collection
He’s in a very expensive Vivienne Westwood tuxedo that someone was paid to pick out and secure for him. It was lent out to him free of charge because Vivienne Westwood’s people would like a little publicity for their brand and because he needs to look good while he will be doing major publicity for his project, which cost half a billion dollars to produce and market and employed upwards of a thousand people.
HIS FUCKING FLY IS UNDONE. HE IS WEARING SHOES THAT TEN-YEAR-OLD BOYS WOULD KILL FOR. HE IS ALMOST 50 YEARS OLD.
Yes, he’s very charming and fun in most of his roles – and we’re not even going to attempt to divine what his true personality is really like (although we’re going with: someone with whom we would not want to be stuck on an elevator) – but his public image and public style is embarrassingly juvenile to the point of being downright disrespectful to all those people who work hard to build him up for the public. As much as we can’t stand his style for similar reasons, we actually have more respect for someone like Johnny Depp, who actually does have a well-cultivated personal style (even if it is self-consciously quirky and makes him look like an elderly gay windchime). RDJ’s style always comes down to “Fuck it. I don’t care.” And while that’s always going to be an irresistible attitude to a lot of the public (and in this case, especially a lot of the LADY public, some small portion of whom will tear apart a starlet for not getting a pedicure but defend a hot guy who steps on the RC looking like a homeless person), we don’t find it remotely charming. Show up in jeans if you don’t want to dress like an adult, then. We’d respect it more and you wouldn’t look so tragic.
[Photo Credit: WireImage, style.com]