It's been a long 12 months, and before kicking off to the curb in 2019, let's take a look back at all the most memorable, game-changing fashion and beauty stuff that went down. Follow us as we look back on the year under review.
Half a century ago, also known as January 6, Timothée Chalamet showed up on the Golden Globes red carpet with Louis Vuitton, a showbiz as usual. But wait: Chalemet and Virgil Abloh, the house's artistic director, had other plans in the form of & # 39; a shiny, ornate armor, worn instead of & # 39; # 39; a black shirt and pants.
What followed was a textbook breach on the Internet: an absolute blast of rough memes, blog posts, parody accounts and tweets, like the one: "Timothée Chalamet always seems to be at the same time from 1531 to 2403 and I respect that kind of energy." So do we.
It's (somehow) (only) 12 months ago, and I'm happy to report that the condition of men's clothing was … fantastic, actually! With Chalamet and ongoing contributions from people like Billy Porter, Harry Styles, Chadwick Boseman, A $ AP Rocky, Troye Sivan and others, men's clothing experts are now confirming something that the stunned rig kicked back in January: that 2019 & # 39; s special year for men's red carpet style, now more enjoyable, influential and unconventional than any other category. And that's changing how we all dress, not just glittering, famous men.
Obviously, this was not the first year that men over .500 started playing on the red carpet, and we would never want to slander Pharrell Williams likes it. But the standard men's clothing is so long unlawful that even up to a short time, even small sartorial risks could feel seismic, such as Armie Hammer in burgundy velvet Giorgio Armani at the 2018 Oscars.
"Previously, red carpet fashion was dominated by a handful of power stylists who propagated a very specific, streamlined hunk look – a man with a coveted jawbone who wearing slim black tuxedo or maybe & # 39; a blue suit, & # 39; explained GQ Style writer Rachel Tashjian in an email. & # 39; But musicians have really challenged the story. & # 39;
They play with clothes in the true sense of the word – per Merriam-Webster, to do it for pleasure rather than for & # 39; n & # 39; serious & # 39; aim – and avoid the irrelevant norms of gender conformity. Tashjian introduces Young Thug in a layered Alessandro Trincone dress on the cover of his 2016 "Jeffrey" mixtape, or Lil Uzi Vert in Prada, comparing Tashjian to "an artist who just finished her biggest painting" ever sold and goes to a mall. "& # 39; A Rocky with an approved babushka scarf from $ AP Rocky has been enjoying his plum chair at the top for years dressed lists, without breaking down.
They also use a new kind of stylistic ownership in an arena that has long been dominated by professional intermediaries: Hollywood stylists. As some of the most powerful players in the red carpet industry, stylists not only help put garments together, but also secure the actual garments of the powers that be, that is, those in celebrity relationships at fashion houses. But what happens when you cut out the middleman completely and go directly to the top of the hierarchical pyramid – the creative director?
"In many cases, they establish relationships with designers, rather than trying to interpret or normalize a stylist's runway," Tashjian says.
Chalamet does not even have a stylist, but works in direct collaboration with a coterie of designers such as Haider Ackermann, who attracted Chalamet throughout the Venice Film Festival to bring his vision of red carpet life to life. Someone like Styles may still have a stylist (Harry Lambert, with whom he has worked for years and years), but this is in conjunction with his close, personal relationships with big fish (Alessandro Michele of Gucci) and small (Harris Reed) , with whom Styles first tapped while Reed was still a student at Central Saint Martens.
& # 39; It's a new wait, isn't it? & # 39; says Lawrence Schlossman, Grailed's brand director and co-host of the "millennial male zeitgeist" podcast "Fails Upwards." & # 39; You have a designer and a star, and they come together to showcase interesting looks that become moments in the fashion space. & # 39;
Recognizing this, fashion houses themselves are making that investment in their top creative and artistic talent to further empower their consumers, be they VIP customers or, you know, not.
"Big fashion houses have been recognizing for a few years now that their men's businesses – culture favorites compared to women's clothing – have the potential to be real pop-cultural phenomena," Tashjian says. For such a conglomerate like LVMH to move Kim Jones to Dior and install Abloh at Louis Vuitton in early 2018, she adds, she just confirms the possibility.
And what we're discussing here, the pleasure of men's clothing of 2019, that timeline: the first few collections of Jones and Abloh for Dior and Louis Vuitton, respectively, has only begun to arrive in earnest this year.
"That perfect storm made men's clothing the pulse of coolness in fashion," says Tashjian, "and resulted in more men paying attention to fashion and playing with it comfortably."
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Broadway doyen Porter made Chalemet's higher key contributions to the red carpet league look like men's clothing. As the capital of S Star of FX & # 39; Pose & # 39 ;, Porter & # 39; s was a staple in 2019's red carpet circuit, and this year's unmatched men's red carpet. Porter arrived in tuxedo gown hybrids (Christian Siriano at the Oscars, Celestino Couture at the Tonys) and silvery satin caps with bubblegum pink linings (Randi Rahm at the Golden Globes); & # 39; A 130,000 crystal-strong, striped suit with Rick Owens platforms (Michael Kors Couture at the Emmys) and fluffy, large waistcoats around the waist (Rinat Brodach at the Critics & # 39; Choice Awards) .
"Billy Porter is someone who pushes the boundaries in fashion more broadly and introduces a new era of fabulousness to dress for the sake of an incredible outfit," Tashjian says. & # 39; He was plundering the golden age of dressing – the glory days of couture, when designers & # 39; had a lot of customers who also operate like mosquitoes, and clothes were dressed like a sacred ritual. & # 39;
He made the ritual contemporary and accessible, and also those who take it to a subtle seven rather than a ten: Bosman with all stars – take his Givenchy Haute Couture coat at the Oscars – or Jason Momoa on the same red carpet in a velvet and baby pink Fendi tuxedo, complete with a matching grumble. Oil Arnold, the style director of Mr. Porter, also mentions Sivan and his Golden Globes appearance, & # 39; a large navy tuxedo by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC that felt completely contemporary in his heresy.
"& # 39; Part of the fun is not knowing what to expect, but I think we'll see more and more men fighting the norms," Arnold says. "Figures like Boseman, Chalamet, Porter, Sivan and others have inspired other men to push the boundaries and make big, bold statements."
It can be that way, and fashion is better for it. Still, classic black tie (Tashjian's aforementioned "streamlined hunk look") will never run out of style; there will always be a significant event in people – celebrities, stylists, good consumers – who want more traditional attire. And by 2020, that contingency will have to get used to, well, not that.
"We're definitely going to enter a new era of luxury, thanks to people like Billy Porter, Harry Styles and A $ AP Rocky – people who dress in this exuberant, performative, but less camp and more elegant," Tashjian says.
As for the upcoming awards season, which will soon pass through our televisions and fill our homes with the sounds of Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest? "That, combined with the bravura of many films this year – & # 39; Little Women & # 39 ;, & # 39; The Irishman & # 39 ;, & # 39; Once Upon a Time in Hollywood & # 39; – means that I expect to see really sophisticated looks that are more formal, maybe a little more content than the extravaganzas of the past year, but no less confident. & # 39;
Schlossman reads the prediction slightly differently, with a cautious, though realistic, prediction: "Obviously, there is a downpour that is going to pierce someone and do just too little," he says. So the envelope can be printed even more, but isn't it too much on the red carpet?
"They can rule it again," Schlossman says, "but it seems to me that these men do not like the opportunity to make a statement."
Home and top photo: Billy Porter arrives at the Golden Globes in 2019 with a Randi Rahm suit and cape. Photo: Santiago Felipe / Getty Images