Trudie Styler and Sting at the 25th Annual Rainforest Fund Gala

Posted on April 18, 2014

Okay, it’s official. Florals for men are officially a thing this spring. On the red carpet, at least. We remain unconvinced that the men of the so-called real world stand ready to embrace this one.

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Trudie-Styler-Sting-Rain-Forest-Fund-Gala-Gucci-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Gucci Spring 2014 Collection

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We don’t know if we’d ever get away with one, but we appreciate all these boystars giving it a shot. We figure if there’s any one of their lot who can work a floral suit, it’s probably Sting. We certainly can’t think of a man in his age group who’d get away with this. We only wish it fit him a little better. Both the sleeves and the pants are too long on him. Still, when you’re saving the rainforest in your floral Gucci suit, if the worst we can say is that your sleeves are too long, you must be doing something right. Attaboy, Sting.





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  • Danielle

    Sorry, I can’t hear you over how slammin’ Trudie looks.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Word-Sting had to wear something worth noticing when his wife looks so stunning.

  • Meghan Kovelsky

    If I may… the only STRAIGHT man that could get away with this is Sting.

    • MzzPants

      I’m thinking David Bowie could do this…with a big-ass ruffled shirt, of course. He IS married to a woman and that’s straight enough for me.

      • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

        Not a woman… a GODDESS.

    • VioletFem

      It’s a tough look for any man to look good in, but I think Prince and David Bowie might be able to get away with it.

      • decormaven

        Yes! Prince would OWN this.

      • SugarSnap108

        YES. This is made for Prince, with his tiny frame and general Prince-ness.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I was not on board until the second shot. Can’t help but love it, and him.

    • j_am

      Yes! That second photo is incredible.

    • Sting! Oh, you!

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Right? He’s having fun and that just makes my decades-long crush on him burn fresh again.

      • Jessica Freeman

        There is nothing more attractive than a man who takes zero things that seriously.

    • Denise Alden

      I know! I’m not even a fan, and I think he’s pulling it off, shutting it down, and owning the adorable!

    • Trent

      LOVE the second shot, but (small voice) isn’t this pattern as a suit kind of overwhelming? I’d love it if he wore black pants with that jacket like Huang Xiaoming…

  • Love the poses. Werq that camera, Sting 😉

  • MilaXX

    I don’t care. I think he looks adorbs in this and Trudy look good as well.

  • Emily Giovanni

    Is it still a pairs division if you only talk about one of the participants? I need more opinionating! 😉

  • misstressofsylar

    That second shot! Sting knows he looks banging!

    • R.A.

      That picture makes me happy.

  • @Biting Panda

    Smashing! The both of them. Trudie is shutting it down, in the white, and he is taking WTFU to a whole new level. (STF Sting The Florals???)

    • Jackie4g

      Sting The Floral The Fuck Up? STFTFU?

  • Patrick Cleary

    If the pants were solid, this would be a home run for Sting. It’s just a little too much.

    • Rhonda Shore

      It really is too much. A florals jacket would have been enough. He looks ridiculous.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Completely Agree. It would’ve taken this from ‘fun’ to WITFU.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      Seriously. Just the jacket would have been gorge; with the pants, it’s gone pajamas for me.

    • kimmeister

      Totally. I don’t think anybody, male or female, can really pull off a floral suit. Just pick one separate to be the star.

  • Lori

    That second pose totally made my morning, and Trudie also looks amazing.

  • formerlyAnon

    While I love the pose he strikes and that he wore it (and that they’ve managed to stay married – not relevant but it colors my view), I’m not convinced it’s working. Not quite. It’s not his fault. It’s the Grandma’s Couch feeling I get from the fabric.

    • demidaemon

      Agreed. It needed to be in brighter hues of include a bright color somewhere.

  • portlandmermaid

    She looks great, he looks like he lost a bet.

  • Frank_821

    I agree with others, Sting is working it in that second shot. Makes the whole dubious suit worth while wearing. good for him being man enough to wear it

  • Hallie

    the second shot sold me!

  • wisenhar

    “We certainly can’t think of a man in his age group who’d get away with this.” – That seems like a challenge. David Bowie

    • KinoEye

      David would own this. But it’s not fair to compare. David is visiting us from the same planet Tilda Swinton calls home. They aren’t mere mortals, as is Mr. Sumner here.

      • marlie

        Speaking of Tilda, she’d KILL IT in this suit.

        • wisenhar

          Very true, but the rules of the challenge state that it has to be a man. 🙂 How about Mick Jagger?

          • marlie

            He could probably pull it off, but I think it would be more cartoon-y on him, rather than otherworldly-stylish.

  • marlie

    I love Sting. Always have, and always will. But I think this is too much floral. He should have kept the jacket and gone with a solid pant. Trudie’s dress is pretty, but that’s some sloppy yoga-hair going on.

    But I love how they’re holding hands in the last picture. They seem like such a great couple.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    They both look fantastic – and happy! We should all be so lucky!

  • lalahartma

    Love it!

  • GoryDetails

    Oh, dear. I’d have thought that if anyone could carry off that outfit it would be Sting – but to me it just looks like he’s preparing for a Hugh Hefner bio-pic…

  • KinoEye

    The second photo where he’s vamping at the camera is PRICELESS. Love it! Sting has grown on me recently.

    I saw that doc, 20 Feet From Stardom, and he’s featured in it. There’s this backup singer — Lisa Fischer — and she’s just incredible. I’ve never heard anyone like her. Sting hires her all the time, and has the good sense to give her total freedom and let her do her thing when recording and on stage. So many musicians at that level are egomaniacs, and it was refreshing to see one who (seemingly) isn’t.

    • decormaven

      Yes, Lisa is incredible, no? Also Jo Lawry, the blonde who also sings backup for Sting and also was in 20 Feet. Sting is very focused on interweaving the musical strengths of all members in his band. I admire that quality mucho. As for his look here- he’s working it! Kudos.

  • MzzPants

    My son, Pretty Boy would knock this out of the park, though yesterday’s floral tuxedo jacket would be better. I kind of wish Sting had chosen a solid colored pant for this. And what about Bowie? He could pull off a floral suit.

  • MzzPants

    Okay…Let’s play a game. Shout out the name of one straight man that would look the most ridiculous in this! I’ll start:

    Vladimir Putin. GO!

    • wisenhar

      William Shatner

    • HeisenbergHattie

      Sylvester Stallone !!!!

    • sagecreek

      Mitch McConnell

    • wisenhar

      Ted Nugent

    • boweryboy

      My Dad.

    • GorgeousThings

      Donald Trump

    • Chris Christie

    • Wink

      John Boehner

    • KinoEye

      Toronto mayor/living cartoon Rob Ford.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Bill O’Reilly

    • decormaven

      Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Jacket doesn’t fit, boots are wrong for this and only Mr Mick Jagger should pose like that.

    Wow – I’m unexpectedly cranky at Gordon.

  • jilly_d

    I think this would have gone down smoother with a plain pant, but that said, he is really working it and that second shot is GOLD.

  • French_Swede

    Agh! My eyes! I cannot unsee!

    What kind of woman would let her husband leave the house dressed like this???

  • ReallyNow

    Love it and Love Sting!

  • sagecreek

    Is anyone else a bit worried about what Johnny Depp is going to do with this new development?

    • boweryboy

      It can only be an improvement…

    • formerlyAnon

      The sad difference between Mr. Depp in the days of yore and Mr. Depp today: once, I’d have been enchanted to see him in this, more recently perplexed but resigned. Today, I grinned at the mere mention, and I’m afraid I’d have laughed out loud at a photo. And not a kind, fond, indulgent laugh either.

  • JP

    Oh, god, I’m dying over his “look at me, I’m fabulous!” pose. Also, my heart is melting over the hand-holding in that last photo.

  • Bonnie Blue

    I’m not crazy about the suit but I give him props for committing to the entire look, and seeming to have a sense of humor about it. Wonder who else will sport florals this spring. Will be interesting to see if the floral trend for men continues.

  • Kim

    I think Mick could pull it off, too. Love Sting’s dramatic fashun pose.

  • Julie Parr

    What about Mick Jagger? He can pull off many looks. Agree on David Bowie too. Rock star look, for sure.

  • EEKstl

    It’s working for me, what can I say, it’s insane but it’s Sting. Also, love Trudi’s dress.

  • B_C_J

    You hold my hand like they are in the last picture & you can wear whatever the heck you want.

  • cocohall

    Over the years I have had every possible viewpoint on Sting: I’ve loved him, tolerated him, found him insufferable and now I find myself bemused by him and his floral suit, especially with his peacock pose in the second photo. He used to take himself SO seriously (the insufferable years) and at least here he appears to know that a floral suit requires a bit of self-deprecation to pull off, especially at 60+. He and the Mrs. both look good and at ease with each other. And apparently this yoga thing works. Their bodies look fantastic for any age. Damn, I was really hoping I could just burn calories through snarky posts here on TLo.

    • jtabz

      Snarking is my favorite aerobic activity.

  • boweryboy

    Nah. It reads wallpaper to me. I do love his shoes.

  • GorgeousThings

    Trudy has GOT to lay off the filler and botox.

  • Violentcello

    Cute photos! I think the full suit is a little Granny’s Couch, but I like the darker colors. Maybe with black pants.

  • letter_M

    and THAT is how you do it, ladies over 50.

  • artgirl9

    At first I was not loving it but I’m okay with it because his attitude is working it perfectly. He is so comfortable with himself. I give him major credit. The more I see the photos, the happier I get.

  • SugarSnap108

    I’m not wild about the fit on the model either. It looks too pajama-y.

    And yes, Sting can get away with things mortal men cannot.

  • Richard Son
  • SewingSiren

    The floral prints for men remind me of a designer from the 80’s named Scott Crolla who popularized cabbage rose prints in men’s wear. Anyway Iiked them then and now.

  • Loooooove Sting; this floral suit plus recently learning John Constantine was created purely because the artist on Swamp Thing wanted to draw a character that looked like Sting has made me newly fond.
    They both look good. I might see if I can get the boyf to get a floral blazer – he was not opposed to the one Huang Xiaoming wore yesterday.

  • Aunt Tabby

    He looks great! Certainly Jagger and Bowie could rock this look as they have skinny frames and androgynous personas. It would be a fun but an expected look on them. But day’um, it’s a whole other thing to see this tux on a fit and masculine body. Snaps of respect that he committed to the whole suit. Nice grooming too!

    Love the hand holding in the last frame. Sweet!

  • DanimalChgo

    Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.

  • MichelleRafter

    Love her, love him, but his brown shoes are just….no.

  • msdamselfly

    Love the way he’s showing it off. I think the jacket would look amazing with a solid color pant but find the floral pants too much..

  • CatherineRhodes

    Those two seem like a really happy Hollywood couple. Must be the tantric sex.

  • Sam Smith

    I actually think this is the best men’s floral jacket you’ve shown us this season, but not crazy about it as a whole suit. But, OMG he’s adorable in that pose, pose, pose shot.

  • andi56

    He’s adorable, but her plastic surgery is scaring the daylights out of me

    • demidaemon

      Glad you said it, and not me.

      • andi56

        He, of course, has aged beautifully! I’m happy to say things that others are thinking, but are far too nice, unlike me, to say!

  • LadyVimes

    Oh, Sting. I love you. You know you can rock whatever you want.

  • Oh, Sting. My crush since 1978. He and Alan Cumming are the only two men in the world who could pull this look off.

  • Joyce VG

    They are both gorgeous!

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    They make me happy.

  • Judih1

    I think I would like it better if he just wore the jacket and not floral pants too. I have mixed feelings on her dress. Kinda like classy stripper on her wedding day

  • Morales Mike

    Now THAT’S a rock star couple.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh my GOD. I just can’t.

    I had banished Frida Giannini from my memory after the 2013 collections. Now it seems that she took peeks at D&G and said “I’ll have what they’re having,” but didn’t realize that her body wasn’t acclimated to those particular drugs.



  • demidaemon

    I kind off hate this. the colors are too sark and dan k. If you are going to do a floral, go full-bore or go home. Also, I think she’s wearing a tacky dress.

    I’m cranky.

  • quiltrx

    That next to last picture, with his head cocked? Yeah, that refreshes my Sting lust (which had been waning the last few years).
    And can we get some love for Trudie looking slammin’ in that dress?

  • gefeylich

    Is it me or is Sting morphing into a not-as-amusing, clownishly dressed Patrick Stewart?

    Also amusing: in another photo at this event Sting’s youngest son has his dad’s old face AND his old nose. Sting’s oldest daughter is also a dead ringer for first wife Frances Tomelty.

  • Liza Ortiz

    oh look Sting in upholstery

  • i love the longtime couple canoodling.

  • Imasewsure

    That goofy shot of him is awesome and they are a testament to what yoga (and tons of money and a good marriage) can do for you!

  • Columbinia

    The flowered suit is a throw back to maybe 1965 British Invasion rockers. I’m thinking Carnaby Street.

  • irielle

    I think David Bowie could rock it — that’s who I thought of right away. And VioletFem’s right about Prince too.

  • That second photo! Stars! MOAR of this posing, please!!!

  • Love his playful pose. Win.

  • ckokopuff

    He is wearing my grandma’s couch, bless his heart.