Hollywood’s biggest night – The 2015 Oscars – brought with it an impressive array of fantastic formal wear on the red carpet. Of course, as always there were hits and there were misses, but for the most part the evening was overwhelmingly formal and traditional. Possibly the most interesting thing we noticed were the several emergent tuxedo trends that have clearly gained some traction.
Black Tie Shawl Collars
There are three types of tuxedo lapel. Peaks point upwards, notch lapels point outward, and shawl collars are one piece of rounded fabric that wraps all the way around. According to strict black tie standards, only peaks and shawls are appropriate for very formal events like the Oscars. So we were happy to see that shawl collars seem to be on the rise, and notch lapels are becoming increasingly less prevalent.
Off-White Dinner Jackets
Originally, the off white dinner jacket was meant exclusively for warm weather formal functions. The tropical black tie dress code called for all the same accessories as typical black tie, but the jacket was white (or off-white because white wool fades over time), with a self shawl collar and a single button front. Today the look of wearing an off-white jacket is still appropriate for tropical black tie, but also is seen as a power move for celebrities on the red carpet, The interpretations of the look have also grown wider, at times including (sometimes black) peak lapels, 2 button fronts, and occasionally matching trousers.
The Boys in Blue
For years the power play of opting for a midnight blue or navy tuxedo on the red carpet has been a growing trend among many of Hollywood’s leading men, but this year we even more examples than usual, and they were all extremely suave. Below are a few of our favorites, including the nights top winner, Eddie Redmayne!
Doesn’t Eddie Redmayne look amazing? We think so. You think so too? Great! That’s great. I’m just going to put this right here…
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