Trend Forecast: Men at the Oscars 2013
John Mayer at the Grammys 2013, and Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans at the Baftas 2013.
Image Courtesy:Reuters (Mayer), AP (Affleck and Cooper), and Luke Evans.US (Evans)
You couldn’t possibly fathom the brain work that goes into getting that one perfect look for the red carpet; especially for an event like the Oscars. Considered to be the most renowned award ceremony worldwide amongst all the film and entertainment fraternity, fashion editors, journalists and paparazzi eagerly thrive on a faux pas moment that could put you in the ‘Worst Dressed’ list.
Right from big brands to designers, here’s a chance to make their favorite celebrity look like a million bucks and take all credit for it. Even though men aren’t exactly the highlight of fashion polls, the fact is, they are as scrutinised on the red carpet as the women, if not more.
In my opinion, like the women, this year I expect even male celebrities to experiment pushing the permissible limits of this black-tie event. Now I’m not talking wacky or outlandish, but certainly a look with a bit of pizzazz—perhaps by way of an iconic accessory?
Tuxedos are known to rule the red carpet at such award ceremonies; in fact not only the famous male celebrities, but even women like Anne Hathaway channeled the look at the 2012 Oscars. The newest versions and innovations by celebrated designers and brands have astonished fashion assessors. Expect the advent of some new-age adaptations of the double breasted, lapels with sharp cuts and colors, and may be even some shaded silhouettes. A new colour palate will underline these pieces with the introduction of tones such as burgundy, teal or electric blue.
With the various cuts making their presence felt on the red carpet, the double breasted three piece suits in dinner versions are a catch. I would expect a few male celebrities to experimentally opt for geometric jacquards and velvet jackets as well.
India has rightly inspired the fashion world internationally and hence bandhgalas and Nehru jackets will also make an appearance. I’m hinting on the fact that our very own Bollywood stars like Irfan Khan and Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi fame, might give these Indianised looks a try. And for men looking to work the old Hollywood glamour charm, bow-ties have never looked better, I reckon.
Referencing the two internationally renowned award ceremonies, the Grammys and Baftas, the obvious trend was a contemporary take on tuxedo settings. While Bradley Copper chose the three piece suit and bow tie look, John Mayer pulled it on with an electric blue tux, accessorised with a dicky bow and block trousers. Also, a notable mention for that striking velvet red suit worn with a contrast black lapel is Clash of the Titans actor Luke Evans, who in my opinion took a fashion risk that paid high dividends.
While few men at these renowned ceremonies chose to go old school with their tuxedos and suits, there was no shortage of quirky looks with various patterns and colors all around. Velvet seemed to rule the roost, with quite a few stars choosing it over the tried-and-tested variants.
Men seem to have come into their own with bold choices and fashion risks that have caught the attention of fashion pundits worldwide. In part, this sudden interest in men’s fashion and trends owes its resurgence to a slow and gradual breakaway from the stereotypical fashion mould.
So expect the big guns of Hollywood to come out on Oscar night with choices that may seem quite unconventional and a little risqué, but in actuality, they make for great prime time viewing.