Bullet Train stars Brad Pitt and Aaron Taylor-Johnson hit the South Korean publicity machine – there’s cake and grand entrances! – to promote the film and they each remain committed to making very specific style statements while doing so. Aaron’s been working the “hot douchebag” look to the hilt – and to great success, we might add, while Brad has been doing this whole “redefining casual menswear” thing. Brad’s also trying very hard to change the conversation to anything but the recent FBI report about him and the allegations made by his ex-wife Angelina Jolie. Did he succeed? Not at all! But he did wear some notable looks and that’s what we’re here to assess.
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We think more stars should be forced to pose with elaborate desserts on red carpets, don’t you? We really like Brad’s whole look, right down to the flashy kicks. We don’t necessarily think you have to be a certain age to wear something like this, but it does tend to have a youthful vibe to it that Brad… does not. It’s not a bad match, but it might be a little “How do you do fellow kids” if looked at a certain way. ATJ is giving you “guy you never leave alone with your drink in a bar,” but damn if it doesn’t work for him. Having said that, the shirt’s too open, the jeans are slung a little too low, and the boots really don’t go.
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We have to admit, they both look pretty great. Brad’s doing that thing of wearing traditional menswear rendered in non-traditional – and decidedly more casual – textiles and colors. It’s not a look for every guy and we think a lot of men would wind up looking sloppy in it, but he’s very good at a very studied and curated form of casual style. Everything about ATJ’s look – the scoop neck, the significant amount of gold, the skinny belt, the cuffed jacket sleeves, the tassel loafers with the stacked heel – it’s all so chef’s-kiss perfect. Just pure pharmaceutical-grade Hot Jerk and he’s reveling in it. Dandy Douche Chic, we’ll call it.
[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment]
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