David Burtka in Marc by Marc Jacobs at the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Opening Night

Posted on April 25, 2014

Gays, you are DISAPPOINTING T LO today. That is not something you ever want to do. First Nate and whatshisname went out in ten pounds of hair product, missing about 3 inches of hem between the two of them. Then, this:


David-Burtka-Marc-Jacobs-Hedwig-Angry-Inch-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)David Burtka attends the Broadway opening night of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at the Belasco Theatre in New York City in Marc by Marc Jacobs.

David-Burtka-Marc-Jacobs-Hedwig-Angry-Inch-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)

David-Burtka-Marc-Jacobs-Hedwig-Angry-Inch-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Marc by Marc Jacobs Tuxedo Blazer and Pants

David-Burtka-Marc-Jacobs-Hedwig-Angry-Inch-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)

We get it. The idea, we mean. It’s perfectly appropriate to wear a pink tuxedo and silver footwear when your partner is debuting as Hedwig on Broadway. But do it up right, mister. Once again, we see a gay-celeb failing to rock the high-hemmed pant because it’s the wrong kind of pant. You need skinny pants for a hem that high. And you sure as hell need to not be showing off your black job interview socks with your pink tux and silver shoes.  Add an inch to those hems, button that jacket and put on a silver tie to complete the look. As it is, it looks pretty awkward.




[Photo Credit: Mike Pont/Getty Images, stylebop.com]

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  • CPK1

    “And you sure as hell need to not be showing off your black job interview socks with your pink tux and silver shoes”…… Sing it T Lo!

  • Erica

    As my dad might say, “son, those are just high waters.”

    • Rhonda Shore

      yep, where’s the flood?

    • janierainie

      My daddy would say he “jumped too far into his pants”.

  • Noah

    Jesus God, go home and start over. This is grounds for gay card revocation.

  • j_am

    I find the black lapels really, really distracting.

  • RussellH88

    Those shoes look spray painted.

    • TonyGo

      Mid-1960s. Tap dance classes annual recital. We were all required to spray paint our tap shoes silver. They all looked like this. Hiddy.

  • MarissaLG

    Those shoes are FUGLY.

  • Lower L

    I’m all in favor of silver shoes, but they should not be sneakers.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Celebrities must not own mirrors. That’s what I’ve decided this week.

    • marlie

      You just decided that this week?

      • kimmeister

        I decided that they do own mirrors, but they are funhouse mirrors.

  • Gatto Nero

    I was on board till I scrolled down to his ankles.
    That’s a deep hem on those trousers, too — looks like they were taken up. Why?
    The shoes are a joke.
    Alan Cumming, where are you when we need you?

  • TrixieConQueso

    Very Cute guy though and love NPR! Can’t wait to see this show in July!

    • ampg

      I’m going in three weeks – so excited!

      • TrixieConQueso

        OMG – said NPR – Meant NPH. 10 lashes with a gay noodle for moi’… Yes! Will be reading reviews this weekend.

  • ChelseaNH

    Definite scrolldown fug

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Another form of silver shoe might have been called for, too. As it is, they look like someone took converse all-stars and spray painted them. And I TOTALLY agree on the pant hem length- shorter only works if they’re much more fitted than they are. Also, you went with a pink tux and silver shoes, but then black socks? Come on, man! A little further and you’d have killed it. New socks, a tie, and some hem would have made this work.

  • The Computer Wore Silver Tennis Shoes (again, eerily resembles a young Kurt Russell and Jeff Bridges…)

  • Latin Buddy

    Lesson for all your twinks and young gaylings…we gays don’t have a monopoly on taste

  • Glam Dixie

    This actually got worse and worse as I scrolled down. Face is cute, then it all just starts going horribly wrong. If you want to go flamboyant on the RC you need to call Johnny Weir, he’ll guide you in the right direction, but this ain’t it.

    • @Biting Panda

      Speaking of JW, he is having one spectacular public display of drama on his twitter. I know teenage girls who play it closer to the vest.

      • Glam Dixie

        I haven’t seen it, but he is a bit of an excitable queen and drama is like air or water to him so probably not surprising. I must go investigate.

        • conniemd

          Saw him on Chopped and he was sobbing and wailing because he didn’t win the $50,000 for his gay rights foundation. First celebrity I’ve ever seen fall to pieces. I do remember him as a skater and his strength was the dramatic interpretation of the music as opposed to the technical skills. Enjoyable to watch.

      • MilaXX

        I thought he and the hubby had made up and decided to stay together. What’s he doing now?

      • Trent

        Of course I went straight to his Twitter to witness the drama but all I saw were pics of his very cute puppy and a single sentence about his mom not being involved in his divorce. I assume he edited — what’d we miss?

    • Imasewsure

      Gawd not Johnny… he would consider this look the start of an outfit and take it up to heights of bedazzled glitterati that only Johnny himself could master….

  • @Biting Panda

    Sweetie, no. The color story, shortness of the pants, plus the silver shoes, is bringing this all around to sweet, little old lady, territory.

  • Let it out

    But did you guys see him and NPH on RuPaul??? He is adorable and sweet – he came off way nicer than his hubby. I would have been completely fine with this look if the pants had been properly skinny. But I am way lenient with the fabulous Pretty Young Things of the Gaylaxy,

  • bowlwoman

    Scroll. Down. Fug.

  • alyce1213

    Too bad — it was an idea, but poorly done. He’s really adorable, though, so affable and sweet-looking.

  • Wendi126

    Silver shoes that look like a size 14= BLAST-OFF

  • Imasewsure

    Let’s band together and blame Marc Jacobs too… better yet, let’s scroll back to yesterday’s shots of Matt Bomer representing!!

  • SewingSiren

    The silver shoes are fun, but suit smells of Kristy McNichol in the 1980’s.

  • Sif

    This is so gay, and i love it! I get that he chose those black socks to match the black lapel and black piping, and i don’t mind the tieless look. Pink, Black and White all look great on him, but a touch of silver is just too much for him to handle. He needs to button the jacket & shirt and change into a pair of black shoes with offwhite shoelaces.

  • MilaXX

    If he had copied the model only in pink I would have let this slide, but between him & Nate Burkus the guys are harshing my sausage Friday buzz and it’s making me cranky.

  • Danielle

    Can we have a TLO selfie to cleanse our palettes?

    • Hetha Innis

      T and Lo probably look more put together in their pajamas than this look. It’s hard to believe he left the house in this get-up.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Oh my. Well, he looks happy with it, so good for him. I would have done all kinds of things differently.

  • jw_ny

    With it being Hedwig, I can understand why he’d want to “gay” it up. It had the possibility to work, but he really effed it up…especially with the hem. It appears that he has about 3 inches or so of hem tucked up under…so showing off his black socks was intentional…for whatever reason.

    I’m gonna guess that Neil was busy with rehearsals…wasn’t there to say “oh honey…no!”

  • Lori

    Lounge Lizard realness.

  • Qitkat

    I’m going to buck the trend and say that I like this. Truly the pants ought to have been longer, but he looks good, well groomed, the color flatters him, and the silver painted shoes add some panache. For the occasion, it seems quite suitable. Although I love the polka-dotted shirt with the model’s version.
    I’m just guessing of course, but I’ll bet this was all deliberate and that he knows perfectly well how to completely dress this look up.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    That is some International Male fuckery, with a matching thong.

  • kirkyo

    Harsh but fair assessment. His face, especially that smile, deserved better.

  • suzq

    You don’t always have to follow the runway styling, but in this case, a little runway styling would have gone a long way. Personally, I’d like to see some pattern in the shirt. The runway look features a loafer, which can be easily purchased in silver. Ferragamo also makes a lovely shoe.

    Don’t be such an ass.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Doesn’t Marc Jacobs get pissed about this kind of stuff? It’s a real question – does anybody know the answer? Because that suit looks great on the model, and then this joker puts it on in pink and screws up the hem and takes it right to stupid-ville. Nobody’s going to want to wear that tux now, if they already didn’t. So, what happens now? Does MJ just never give him another tux, or what?

    • Morales Mike

      That’s a real good question. Why wouldn’t Marc dictate how another famous gay guy is going to wear his clothes? If he lent me something I’d beg him to style me for fear he’d bury me.

      • OffToSeeHim

        Bitch please. If you don’t know, just say “I don’t know” or move on. So I still have the same question – Marc Jacobs looks through People magazine and says to himself, “I should send that guy a tux. I’d get a ton of great publicity from him wearing my stuff on the red carpet.” So his people call this guy’s people and set it up, the guy gets a free tux for this event, then Marc Jacobs logs onto TLo with his morning coffee and sees this mess. So what happens next? The celebrity clearly didn’t do what he was supposed to do, which is showcase the clothes to best advantage and make other people want to buy them. Isn’t there some kind of bargain in place that they’d be styled correctly and shown off to their best advantage the way they were intended to be worn?

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    The hem on those pants is pretty deep so they definitely could (and should) be longer. Also those black lapels look better with the black and white polka dot shirt the model has on. With a white shirt the contrast is too high.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    That’s a stitch witchery hem if I ever saw one.

  • formerlyAnon

    I was thinking “subdued circus lion tamer on a break” until I got to the ankles and then I just got lost.

  • marlie

    I read the TLo comment at the top, and then I started scrolling down, and thought “Huh, a pink tuxedo. He’s making it work. I don’t know what TLo are compl… OMIGOD WTF ARE THOSE SHOES??”

  • Shawn EH

    I’ve never seen him look so masculine, weirdly.

    • Mr. J.

      Were he and Nick Lachey separated a birth? I only ask.

  • Mr. J.

    The cutest guy in the class, going to the prom with his boyfriend….

  • LeelaST

    Scrolling down to see those silver shoes I let out the biggest OMG – what is going on with the gays these days? Mountain man facial hair, caught in a flood pants, stilted judging on RuPaul…

  • d4divine

    As the photos were loading in my phone I thought, my god it cannot get worse…load…load…it got worse. By the time I saw the shoes I was horrified!!

  • MzzPants

    Oh, Honey. Send that to Alan Cummings with the polka dot shirt. Find yourself something more traditional.

  • Eric Stott

    Looks like an old time theater usher on a cigarette break

  • largishbearishAtlish

    I gasped when I saw the hem…. really, I gasped.

  • Jacob Bowen

    That jacket is tragic. No. Just no.

  • YoungSally

    He wanted to be every inch the trailer park glam that is NPH in this role. I swear there is one shot of him with a cigarette and the Farrah wig that reminds me of my former-rockette tap dance teacher circa 1978.

  • boweryboy

    I think another part of the problem here and with the other gays is that they’re just a bit long in the tooth and not lanky enough to pull off the highwater pants look. Put in on a guy ten years younger and ten pounds skinnier and you’d have a winner.
    Don’t get me wrong, I have a few pair in my closet as well but they’re deployed only in summer with Chucks and a striped T-shirt as casual daywear. Never for evening.

    • formerlyAnon


    • demidaemon

      It is, as you alluded to here, just too much all together. If he had worn only one or the other and properly hemmed his pants, it probably wouldn’t be quite so excruciating to look at.

  • Miss wks

    omg…that’s an embarrassment to Gayness.

  • Judih1

    I love the Runway Version which looks quirky yet classic. On him, it looks fun house clown. It is ill fitting, the shirt looks sloppy, the shoes are hiddy, pants too short – all capped off with the black interview socks. Go home and start over

  • decormaven

    All kinds of wrong.

  • titaness25

    Uhm. It- like the Emma Stone dress- is skin coloured. Granted, it is run-a-mile-in-the-hot-sun-flushed-skin coloured. But it’s skin coloured. It is weirding me right out. And usually I adore him.

  • Hideous and destined for the back of his closet… real quick!

  • cocohall

    We apparently need a Gays Don’t Let Friends Dress Drunk fundraiser. There is a crisis afoot people! We must band together and end this epidemic!

    But his smile is beyond adorable.

  • quiltrx

    This brings out my inner Tina from ‘Pecker’—HI MARY!!! (oh, we call everybody Mary around here.)

  • sk8tfan

    I thought Studio 54 went out of business several decades ago.

  • demidaemon

    It’s a Pepto-Bismol suit. I can’t get behind that shade of pink for anyone.

    • raeb23

      yesterday i would have agreed with you but alan cumming wore a similarly coloured suit last night on fallon & rocked it!

      • demidaemon

        Alan Cumming is the exception to every rule. I also expect his suit was properly tailored, didn’t have black lapels, and he didn’t wear silver spray painted shoes with it.

  • TippiH

    This kind of effort is a real problem for trickle-down fashion theory: gays set the bar and our straight partners, godbless’em, try to reach it. So when an adorable gay shows up in THIS, the whole theory is thrown on its head. Really…my husband wears dark socks with everything. c’mon.

  • CT14

    I wasn’t happy with this look…and then the silver shoes.

    GOL (groan out loud)

    That’s just bad. Go home and start over.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Trying too hard.