Oscars 2020: The Gentlemen

Posted on February 11, 2020

In which our ability to say something different about each of an endless array (minus one notable exception) of classic men’s formalwear is tested to the limit.

 

 

Alfie Allen in Ermenegildo Zegna XXX

Low-key classic, perfectly rendered.

 

 

Antonio Banderas in Dior Homme

Love the brooch. A subtle grace note of a touch that lends the look a little something.

 

 

Brad Pitt in Dior Homme

We’re not fans of shawl collars and we think both his shirtsleeves and the cut of the jacket are a bit too large on him, but we like the velvet.

 

 

Dean-Charles Chapman in Celine

Love the shoes and corsage boutonniere. Maybe the latter is a little prom, but he’s essentially prom date-aged, so it works.

 

 

Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Bernie looks great, but we’re going to blaspheme here and suggest that Elton’s jacket looks a little cheap and the kicks look geriatric.

 

 

George MacKay in Dunhill

He’s so well-suited to the double-breasted cut that we didn’t even notice it at first.

 

 

Joaquin Phoenix in Stella McCartney

He’s doing his best.

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio in Giorgio Armani

He’s doing his usual. Not that we have any issue with it.

 

 

Rami Malek in Saint Laurent

He’s one of the few men who can pull of an all-black tux, as far as we’re concerned. Love the wide lapels and the slim cut of the pants, which give it some modernity. Jacket’s a bit boxy, though.

 

 

Taika Waititi in Brioni

Hands down the most stylish director of the night.

 

[Photo Credit: ABC/RICK ROWELL, David Gabber/PRPhotos.com, Sara De Boer/startraksphoto.com]

 

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