Between an eclectic cascade of celebrity fashion, droves of excellent Black Tie ensembles, and actually breaking Twitter, the 2014 Oscars is one for the record books.
Every red carpet event this awards season has been leading up to the Academy Awards, each getting a little more formal. And this year’s Oscars didn’t disappoint. While it wasn’t quite as formal as last year’s Oscars, it was certainly the most formal ceremony this season. What’s more, we’re finally seeing celebrities not only embracing the timeless elements of formal tradition, we see them celebrating it.
The time to think of tuxedos as a chore to be dutifully endured is over. Tuxedos are becoming again what they were always meant to be: masculine and festive attire for parties. Tuxedos are fun. That’s the take away this year. And below are a few of our favorite stars that did their part to make that case.
Boys in Blue:
Runner up: Kevin Spacey —- Winner: Jason Sudeikis
While we love the classic peak lapels, the long lapel stance, and the man inside it all, royal blue is a little loud for a ceremony as formal as the Oscars. Were this a darker shade and had he worn a cummerbund, this would’ve been one of the best tuxedos of the evening.
Jason Sudeikis could take a note from Spacey’s peak lapels, but his darker-hue midnight blue tuxedo, tasteful bow tie, and perfectly groomed face fuzz make him stand out as one of the evening’s more elegant. Having Olivia Wilde by your side doesn’t hurt either.
Best Shawl Collar:
Runner Up: Michael Fassbender —- Winner: Brad Pitt
Michael Fassbender gets major points from us for not only incorporating a wide and classic shawl collar tuxedo, but also making use of a suave bow tie, shirt studs, pocket square, and silk cuffs on the jacket. No man accessorized better than Fassbender, and only one man wore a shawl any better.
Brad Pitt nailed his formal presentation with a wide shawl collar tuxedo. While he didn’t incorporate shirt studs, silk cuffs, or a pocket square like Fassbender, he did nail the fit. And the unusually wide lapels create the impression of a broad chest, complimenting his masculine physique for a killer look.
The Boys in White:
Runners Up: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto
McConaughey went home last night with a ‘Best Actor’ award, and he did it in an off-white dinner jacket. However, there were a few things we thought he could have done better. We’re not crazy about the contrasting pocket square, and he should’ve swapped the black vest for a black cummerbund.
We loved (almost) everything about Leto’s choice of classic off-white dinner jacket last night. The single button front, the shawl lapels, the small and simple pocket square, the shirt studs, the perfect fit for his slender frame. BUT, while we admit it looks cool, a red tie just can’t be considered Black Tie.
Winner: Ryan Seacrest
And then there was Seacrest. As if he had examined the pros and cons of both McConaughey’s getup and Leto’s ensemble, and then picked the best from both, Seacrest nailed what was possibly the most noteworthy trend of the evening. He just needed a single-button closure and he might have been our pick for Best Dressed.
Best Notch Lapels:
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio
Even though we prefer peak lapels or shawl collars for a formal event, as well as single-button closures, DiCaprio still was able pull off this slightly less formal tuxedo with an air or ‘Old-Hollywood’ charm. Maybe it’s the bow tie, the button stance, the shirt studs, the pocket square, or maybe just the slicked back hair. Whatever the case, he pulled it off nicely.
Best Peak Lapels:
Runners Up: Bradley Cooper and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Bradley Cooper is almost always on point at red carpet events. And He looked the part at the Oscars as well. The wide peak lapels suit his frame well. The button stance was perfect. He used shirt studs to show that he really cares, and even his watch was tasteful. The only thing off is that the tuxedo looks to be a little too snug. Maybe it was just Ellen’s Lotto joke, but he looks uncomfortable.
And not quite last and not at all least, we had to mention boy wonder JGL. Two things: A one-button front would’ve been better, as would incorporating a cummerbund. But he personifies trendy, so we can forgive those things. What we were impressed with was his perfect fit, peak lapels, bow tie, textured charcoal flecked tuxedo, and tasteful shout-out to his hitrecord collaborators.
Winner for Best Peak Lapels
Our Pick For Best Dressed of the Evening:
Ejiofor obviously paid attention the day they taught Black Tie in school because his attention to detail and respect for the classic interpretation was obvious and palpable. His peak lapels were perfectly sized, the tuxedo was perfectly fitted for his frame. The low button stance, the amount of shirt cuff shown, the tasteful watch. It all came together perfectly so that he looked masculine, impeccable, but in a chivalrous way that didn’t compete for attention with the lovely woman at his side.
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