Alan Cumming in Dolce&Gabbana at the 2014 amfAR New York Gala

Posted on February 06, 2014

Bless his heart.

 

Alan Cumming attends the 2014 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City in Dolce&Gabbana.

Dolce&Gabbana Spring 2014 Collection

 

What would our red carpets be without the fabulous input of Alan Cumming, we ask you?

Having said that, we don’t like this as much as we want to. It’s eyelid-twitchingly irritating that the pants don’t quite match the jacket. And as much as love shiny, that’s a bit too much of it in one outfit.  Also, those are the wrong shoes entirely. They’re too bulky for a suit like this. He needed something a little more delicate and tapered in a dress shoe. And the brown pretty much clashes with the suit.

Ah well. Still love him for the effort.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, IMAXtree]

    • PlethoraofBooks

      I can count on Alan Cumming to always make me sit up and pay a bit more attention. But the critique is spot on.

      I am hissing “Hands out of its pocketsessss” under my breath though.

    • Judy_S

      I love this but feel it should be labelled “don’t try this at home.”

    • @Biting Panda

      Soon to be seen on Matthew McConaughey.

      • lunchcoma

        Shhhhhh….

        • demidaemon

          Really, Miss Biting Panda. Are you trying to scar us?

      • AnnaleighBelle

        I was so tempted to down vote your comment, hoping it would disappear from the ethers and the thought would disappear in a puff of steam. But now you’ve done it and I feel Matthew McConaughey’s nose twitching like a narrow pittbull…

    • Carrie

      On the one hand, it’s all wayyyyy too much.

      On the other hand, you can never say he’s safe or boring. More importantly, he makes an effort which automatically puts him way ahead of most boy stars so I’m willing to cut him slack.

    • Bill Craven

      I pity the photographer that tries to get this to look OK. I love the tailoring, though.

    • RussellH88

      Not quite Eli Gold.

      (Sorry, I had to)

      • leahpapa

        Tip of the cap, sir. The color actually reminds me of those dreadful “chocolate diamonds” that Kay or Jared or someone is always trying to push as a trend…which in turn reminds me of that scene in “Beautiful Girls:” “I heard about this. It’s a new trend in the diamond trade, they’re trying to create a new market. Oh, right, right, yeah. They were callin’ ‘em ‘piss,’ but they weren’t moving any.”

        • RussellH88

          Yeah, I’m not really sure who could wear this color.

          I’m a pale person, I try to stick to bright colors or blacks because I think that contrasts better with my Irish/German/Welsh skin.

          • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

            Another WIG! Jewel-tones are where it’s at.

            • SierraDelta

              The Irish-English-German-Scots-Dutch contingent concurs.

    • Glam Dixie

      Love that he wore this but those shoes couldn’t be more wrong for the look. This is varsity level dressing right here.

      • http://completeflake.com/ LaVonne Ellis

        I am a total fashion dunce but even I knew right away that those shoes were wrong. Proud of myself.

    • appliquer

      Love Alan Cumming – but this is not his suit!

    • siedhr

      I love the guy, but for the love of… WASH YOUR HAIR!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      I’d like to see this with those velvet slipper-style shoes. Maybe in purple.

      • Anna

        SO agree. Purple velvet slippers would make this a WERQ to me.

      • kimmeister

        He’s one of the few men on earth who could pull those off without looking like an idiot.

    • MilaXX

      Like the suit, hate the shoe. Still Mathew McConaughey should be jealous.

      • decormaven

        I like both suit and shoes, but not together. He’s still working it, nonetheless.

    • SewingSiren

      Surely the pants and the jacket match, it’s just a play of the light that makes it look otherwise. I can forgive the color of the shoe, but the style is a little too “clodhopper” when what he needs is a “winklepicker”.

      • Nikko Viquiera

        I agree! They look like they match to me too! The shoes, I will forgive because, hey, gold suit. I love this whole outfit!

      • housefulofboys

        That kind of silk reflects light like crazy, and if one plane of the jacket is at a slightly different angle then it’s going to look different. I’ve had silks that even looked like a different color at different angles. Part of its beauty!

    • Janet B

      Gorgeous silk.
      Could anyone else wear this as a suit? Wearing one piece at a time would be so much easier.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I am not lying when I tell you I have curtains in similar fabric, and now all I see is Alan a-la- Sound of Music draperies.

      The color is nice on him, but maybe just the jacket and/or vest. The pants are definitely too much.

    • cocohall

      I kinda love the clunky shoe with the shiny suit – it says I’m a dandy, but I am not taking myself too seriously. For me, Alan Cummings is sprinkled with pixie dust and rides a glitter-encrusted unicorn and just can do no wrong in terms of fashion. He always looks like he is having a laugh and enjoying himself immensely while offering to share his joy with others. Bless his Scottish heart.

      • Anna

        “Alan Cummings is sprinkled with pixie dust and rides a glitter-encrusted unicorn and just can do no wrong in terms of fashion.” This!

      • SierraDelta

        I’m reading a novel set in the Highlands of 18th century Scotland, and in my head Alan Cummings is reading all of the dialogue. He’d probably be just as fabulous if I envisioned him wearing all of the costumes, too.

    • Diego!

      Rusty Academy Award

      • deelup

        I disagree but I love your choice of words.

        • Diego!

          Thank you :D

    • rebeemoon

      I think the pants and jacket match. It’s just that the material is so shiny it reflects light differently depending on the dips and flows of the fabric at any given moment. Agree about the shoes, though. Don’t know what color would be best with this.

    • PeggyOC

      He is the male Cate Blanchett. He never stops trying, he never stops pushing the envelope,and he gets away with things that would be hideous on 95% of the rest of his gender. Your critiques are spot on, but come on, he’s Alan Cumming.

      • sagecreek

        Exactly. I was trying to think of how to phrase the fact that he simply operates in a different universe — your CB comparison is spot on.

    • lunchcoma

      There aren’t a lot of men who can pull off a shiny suit (don’t even THINK about copying this look, Jeremy Renner), but Cumming does it wonderfully. The shoes are all wrong, but I’ll let that slide.

      • PeggyOC

        And yet you know Renner will try it. Sigh.

    • Danielle

      He looks like the bronze statue I would have outside my future mansion.

      • Glam Dixie

        Next to your bronze rearing horse with windblown mane?

        • Danielle

          Nah, that will be spurting water into my indoor pool.

    • NBG

      Never change, Alan. Never ever!

    • boweryboy

      Yum (hate the shoes).

    • SugarSnap108

      There’s just a little too much sheen going on. Maybe under more forgiving lighting I’d like it more. I want to like it more, because Alan Cumming.

    • Tanya Wade

      Not perfect (the clothing), but the man makes the suit in this case.

    • Anna

      I don’t know if it’s my monitor or my notoriously bad eyesight, but the pants not quite matching the jacket is only noticeable to me in the first photo. It doesn’t look too bad in the other shots. Shoes aside, I think he’s pulling it off!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        I thought it was just a trick of the lighting.

      • filmcricket

        That’s what I’m seeing too. I think it’s the lighting, or maybe different photographers w/ different lenses? I’m not entirely sure from the photo credit.

        • Anna

          You’re both right, likely a combination of the shiny material and the lighting. I’m due for an eye exam soon though, so I just wanted to be sure :).

    • siriuslover

      Totally agree about the shoes. The color is Dolce and Gabbana’s fault, not my man Alan’s! ;)

    • MaggieMae

      Yeah, I can’t sign on to that level of suit shine. It will always read “cheap suit” to me, and perhaps, “crime family”, lol. Several points for the confidence and ease he is sporting.

    • MzzPants

      I prefer my Alan Cummings with flat front, skinny pants. The extra ease says ‘cranky old man’ instead of ‘quirky gay elf daddy’.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Quirky gay elf daddy-somehow this makes me wish that Alan had done a cameo in one of The Hobbit movies-he’d bring a welcome note of levity, I suspect.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          It’s not too late. Fuck knows those movies need something to lift them.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            As much as I enjoyed the LOTR trilogy(yes, I”m a total LOTR geek), I especially enjoyed the wit that Viggo Mortensen brought, and the dwarf-tossing in The Two Towers.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings. I also love the Hobbit, and I think he is trying to make that sweet children’s story into LotRII instead of doing it justice.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I think that the Hobbit could probably have been done in one 3 hour movie, but given the enormous success of LOTR, the studio and Jackson went for the same concept again. The first Hobbit really dragged at times. That said, I think that Jackson did great stuff with the 3-D.

    • Cheryl

      Love him, love the suit; the shoes, not so much. The colour is fine, and they’re actually okay from the upper to mid vamp, where the shoe laces are, but the toe box is too wide and well, boxy looking.

    • Herr Meier

      didn’t match the jacket? how so? it’s the same material

      • tallgirl1204

        It looks to me like the light hits the fabric differently in a couple of the photos, but I think it’s the same fabric too. But maybe that’s the issue– that the light makes them look like they don’t quite go together?

        • Monabel

          It is certainly the same material. The contrast is an artifact of the overly shiny, flashy, D & G textile choice. Those folks are probably snickering at the USers’ fixation on whether things match.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’m hearing Heidi on PR talking about something being “too matchy-matchy”, and that’s never good.

        • LJCdoc

          That’s what I think too. I have to disagree with the uncles, I think he looks great.

    • nowlo

      I would have loved the bronze jacket + vest with matte dark or olive green pants and a finer shoe. Even changing the vest to a different color and texture would probably have helped immensely.

    • MissDelaware

      So twinkly. Just love him. When I’m having a really bad day I go watch his vlog on his website.

    • withbreaththatisbated

      Since I binged on The Good Wife last month, I am in love with him, but oh, so shiny and not in a good way!

    • Belvane

      Love. He’s been dipped in copper, like a baby shoe.

    • Gatto Nero

      God, he’s adorable, wrong shoes or not.

    • deelup

      I am not entirely certain but I think those shoes are brogues and a good Scotsman can’t go wrong in them.

    • formerlyAnon

      I do wish the pants were the exact color of the jacket & vest, only matte.

      But he deploys that charming smile with those sparkly eyes, and a mist rises, obscuring the over shiny trousers and a misuse of hair product that one might deplore in a 49 year old civilian, forget the red carpet.

    • JauntyJohn

      Love him. Love his haircut. Love the tailoring. Love his stance (if you’re going to do hand-in-pocket make it just one, and turn out the foot and cock the knee, apparently that’s the secret. Oh, and also, Be Alan Cumming. Because he couldn’t look more relaxed without appearing “slouchy” and that’s not something many of the RC men seem to be able to do.)

      BUT all the crits of this are spot on. I would love to see these pieces used in other combos. That vest under a rich-toned blazer (forest green? cheeky red?) That jacket over smart black pants, or a heavy grey (there’s a gold tone hiding in that brown waiting to be exploited methinks — at least OMM.)

      He is the best but this is not a win for him. Not a loss, but not a win.

      • formerlyAnon

        O.k. “Be Alan Cumming” is possibly the best fashion cure-all for men (and butch-dressing women) I have ever heard. It DOES fix almost anything, if you think about it.

        Pity it’s so hard to execute.

    • Kate Andrews

      I love the shoes away from the suit.

    • sagecreek

      Dammit, the Good Wife cannot return soon enough for me. I miss my Eli!

    • Daktari100

      I think he looks pretty good in this outfit, which would be tough for anyone to pull off successfully. At least he looks as good as just about anyone could look in it. Also, I never thought of Alan Cumming as an attractive guy when he was a young man, but I do believe he is aging gracefully into a very attractive older gentleman and has never looked better.

    • formerlyAnon

      Ya know, I had time to look at one more post. For a microsecond I considered seeing what Kelly Rowland was wearing, but here I am, to gaze again on Alan Cumming smiling in too much shiny suit and too much hair product.

      THAT is the power of Alan Cumming.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It is a lot of shine, but if there is a man alive who can come close to making shiny work, for me that man is Alan Cumming-that smile alone is priceless.

    • demidaemon

      Shiny brown satin suit (Man, I almost wrote fruit. That would have been bad.) That’s just not right, even on Alan Cumming.

    • YoungSally

      I think it is the same fabric — but because it has an iridescent quality — the way it looks depends on the light and how the wearer is standing. I had a Jil Sander suit made of silk and wool that had the same quality.

      But hands down — wrong shoes.

    • marlie

      I thought that Alan Cumming could wear anything and make it look good. I was wrong. I hate the color, and how the shininess highlights every wrinkle and imperfection in the fit. And the shoes are awful.

    • Jecca2244

      i am wondering if the flash makes the pieces look different in color…

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Love him for making the effort and not having it LOOK like an effort.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Fabulous color.

    • venusvelvet

      I would’ve gone with blue suede shoes, grey-blue, not too bright.

    • Corsetmaker

      It’s the same fabric, I’m positive. It’s behaving like shot silk dupion does when there’s a different toned thread in the weave, except I’d guess it’s probably a wool/silk blend, So the different angles and lights change the shade quite a lot.

      Aw, wee Alan :) Having mixed feelings seeing him over your side of the pond so much as it means he’s not allowed to vote this year and he very publicly wanted to. Glad he’s so successful though.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      I don’t know…a beautiful man wrapped in copper just makes me happy.

    • suzq

      If you can’t wear it as the manager of a hipster nightclub in Vegas, then you have to be Alan Cumming. I agree on the shoes. I sort of miss the cuff peeking out of the bottom of the sleeves. I think the suit matches, as others have said. It’s the fabric playing tricks with the eye. Just as Mr. Cumming wanted it.

    • Columbinia

      Apparently you can take the Scotsman out of Scotland, but you can’t take the Scotsman out of his Highland-tramping shoes.

    • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

      It just seems lazy to come all this way and leave off the ruffled cravat.

    • LeelaST

      Isn’t it just the camera angle/lighting that causes the mismatch between pants and jacket? Maybe my eyes are twitching… Not a fan of the buttoned up shirt with no tie, it just gives me Boo Radley/Forrest Gump/Karl Childers.

    • tetisheri

      Kilt. He needs a kilt.

      • SierraDelta

        Well, who doesn’t?

        • tetisheri

          Well, there are some guys who just don’t look good in a kilt. He is not one of them. He is totally yummy in a kilt. And in general, kilts are good.

    • CT14

      Hem the pants just a skosh?

      Love him.

    • LindaLaPaz

      He needs the model’s shoes and facial expression.

    • Erica Woods Tucker

      I like it. Not the shoes so much, but I feel only he could wear it.

    • Ann VerWiebe

      Somebody has to wear the shiny suit!

    • Donna Tabor

      The pants match the jacket. It’s just that dupioni (or shantung; hard to tell which from the photo) reflects the light differently on different planes, so it looks as if it doesn’t match.

      I hate those shoes with it. What?

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I want Alan Cumming to be my BFF.

    • Clash D

      He’d be perfect if those pants were hemmed an inch higher. Otherwise, he’s rocking it.