In 2019, it appeared that tailoring on the red carpet was taking a modern turn as ties were swapped out for the harness and sneakers were appropriate for a black-tie dress code. It was a casual departure from years gone by but as with fashion, the cycle quickly turned. Coinciding with Men’s Fashion Week, the annual awards season again reiterates trending sartorial looks and following the likes of Armani and Zegna, showy suiting is taking centre stage among Hollywood’s A-listers.
From the Golden Globes to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, velvet has quickly amassed on the red carpet and in a bid to not only fight the bitter cold of London’s winter but turn heads, the best dressed men of the 2020 BAFTAs were donning the ’60s style cue. In usual suave, Taron Egerton was seen donning a velvet blazer like he has in past red carpet events. Jewel tones of blue and green were paired with the lush fabrication as seen on Andrew Scott, Mathias Le Fevre and Oliver Proudlock while a subtle nod to the style cue could be seen on the vest of Rafferty Law’s tuxedo – an easy way to safely experiment with the trend.
Velvet first made a comeback on the Fall/Winter 2016 runway before reaching mass attention during the turn of the decade with Gucci, a continuing pioneer of the vintage look. Lending an extra sense of refinement, a basic tailored pant and patent oxfords finished off the looks.