Red Carpet events are all inherently formal, but they each have a life of their own. The Academy Awards, for instance, is undeniably the most prestigious and therefore most formal of the red carpet awards ceremonies. Because of that, many celebrities feel the need to dress semi-formally for other red carpet events, to help heighten the formality of the Oscars. Often these men will wear suits with skinny long ties or tuxedos that emulate them. Another trend is to dress in less traditional, more fashion forward tuxedos. Here are some examples from the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards:
It’s not that these trends are bad – though we are always proponents of dressing formally for formal occasions. It’s just that, as soon as Eddie Redmayne walks in, it’s obvious it could be done so much better.
Eddie Redmayne at the 2015 SAG Awards
Since he hit the Hollywood scene in 2012, Eddie Redmayne has continued to impress us on the red carpet with his consistently apt formal choices. He’s currently a front runner in the Oscar nomination for the much coveted “Best Actor” award, for his performance in “The Theory of Everything” and he’s definitely dressing the part.
We’re always impressed by his impeccable attention to detail. Notice the tasteful watch, the perfect amount of shirt cuff showing, a nicely tied bow tie, the perfect pant length, the minimal shoes, the overall tailoring. We’re equally impressed with his obvious proficiency in treating Black Tie dressing like an art form, not just a uniform. While others try to reinvent what is and isn’t appropriate for a Black Tie invite, Redmayne opts for a double-breasted, 6 button, peak lapel tuxedo – a formal choice that is traditionally accepted as a true Black Tie style, but is still slightly less formal than a more streamlined single-breasted option.
Here we see Redmayne at the 2013 MET Gala, an annual formal event that has a unique fashion theme every year. In 2013, the theme was “Punk: Chaos to Couture” requiring the men not only to dress in Black Tie, but also to update the look to incorporate a punk edge.
Redmayne opted for a bold steel blue tuxedo to reconcile the oxymoronic dress code. Beside the bold color which satisfies the punk requirement, the tuxedo is Black Tie appropriate to a T. The black lapels match the self tied bow tie. The shirt is a white minimal turn-down collar. The pocket square is tasteful. The coat has a single button closure and low “V” stance.
All in all, he came away with one of the best looks of the evening. And he did so by respecting both the invite and the standards of timeless Black Tie.
Here we see Redmayne at his most formal for the 2013 Oscars. Everything about his tuxedo here is on point and perfectly Black Tie appropriate. Arguably the most classic and most formal tuxedo option is the black single-button peak lapel tuxedo coat. Because dressing formally is all about being streamlined, a simple single breasted coat with a low button stance is technically a more formal option than the double breasted 6 button coat he wore to the 2015 SAG awards (above.)
Again, his knowledge of and respect for the standards of good Black Tie attire and his attention to even the smallest detail have earned him our sartorial respect. But we’re not the only ones taking notice. Check out the article below by GQ about his mastery of red carpet black tie, and the subtle ways he modernizes/personalizes his tuxedo without distracting from the important timeless details: