TWO KINGS STAND BEFORE YOU.
It should come as no surprise that we consider these two looks to be the best menswear of the 2021 Oscars, but it has to be noted once again that they are part of a wave of male style that’s changing the game for formalwear on the red carpet – and hopefully, in the real world at some point down the line. We’ve gushed considerably about each of them and you can see our thoughts if you click on the caption above the pictures, so we’re going to keep our commentary here to a minimum and let you make the call.
T’s Defense: As we said the first time, it’s exquisitely chic and owes virtually nothing to the classic tuxedo. In my opinion, that makes it one of the most exciting Oscars menswear looks in decades. It owes something to a specific point in history, updates it using haute couture methods and textiles, and it feels perfectly suited to him.
Lo’s Defense: I can’t say whether this was his intention, but every time I look at this I see an expression of Black queer joy. Straight men do wear pink, of course, but the sparkles and the gorgeous fit; the heavy gold jewelry; the amazingly perfect part in his hair – it all looks like such a specific expression of the very best version of himself. To me, that’s the ultimate goal of good style.
Let’s hear it, kittens! Place your vote and make your voice heard on this matter of extreme importance.
Saint Laurent Black Belted Jumpsuit Paired with a White Shirt from the Spring 2021 Collection
Styled by Julie Ragolia
– Atelier Versace Bright Fuchsia Three-piece Suit Featuring Lustrous Crystal-embroidery in a Degradé Pattern from the Fall 2020 Collection
– David Yurman Jewelry
– Christian Louboutin ‘Cousin Greg’ Black Patent Leather Dress Shoe
Styled by Styled by Wayman + Micah | Grooming by Jamie Richmond
[Photo Credit: ABC, Campbell Addy, Julie Ragolia/Instagram]