Might as well state this up front: Leslie Odom Jr.’s Oscars ensemble was one of our biggest fashion disappointments of the night. As we noted in his pre-Oscars “Ology” post, he has been almost single-handedly changing the game for male Oscar nominees by choosing only envelope-pushing, lightly gender non-conforming, eye-popping takes on menswear and absolutely nailing it every time. Even when we didn’t like a particular element or the overall feel of one of his ensembles, we always respected the effort and the commitment to questioning the rules and restrictive styles of formal menswear. And while we’d never claim this look was a reversion to safe, conservative, Academy-approved attire, it just didn’t work for us.
One of our favorite things about live-tweeting the Oscars is how many people quote our advice from our first book: “To win the Oscar, one must become the Oscar,” every time someone is spotted wearing gold on the red carpet. We salute his choice to follow our advice and if this had been a different kind of gold suit, we might have liked it more. Our problem here is that this look is just trying to do too damn much. It’s metallic gold, it’s double-breasted, the buttons and shirt are both in the same textile as the suit, there’s a herringbone pattern to it, and inexplicably (although he’s done this before), there’s a mock turtleneck under the dress shirt. On top of everything else, the textile looks stiff and wrinkled at the same time, as if someone took a conventional suit and spray-painted it gold. We think contrasting buttons and a different shirt might have done a lot to mitigate some of these issues. We still appreciate the commitment to avoiding the standard tux, but unfortunately, the details didn’t add up to a great look.
That ring is amazing, though.
– Custom Brioni Double-breasted Gold Tuxedo with Matching Shirt Crafted from an Exclusive Jacquard Fabric Woven with Gold Silk and Pure 24 Carat Gold Thread
– Cartier Panthère de Cartier Ring
– Omega Watch
Styled by Avo Yermagyan | Hair by Anittria | Grooming by E l i V E N Q
[Photo Credit: ABC, Courtesy of Cartier]