The Golden Globe awards kick off the red-carpet season, followed by the SAGs and really climaxing with the Oscars. Many iconic fashion moments have happened over the years on the red carpet: Cher in black Bob Mackie at the Oscars and Jennifer Lopez in a plunging Versace neckline at the Grammys, to name just two. The downside is that there are rarely any major menswear moments.
It’s no surprise that no one pays any attention to the men when there are beautiful women in gowns, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t men rocking the carpet in more than just a standard black designer tux. Here are my four predictions of how the men will be giving the women some competition on the red carpet this weekend.
1) Satin Peak Lapel
Often, men go too casual and miss out on some of the best elements of classic menswear. A nice big lapel doesn’t work on every body type, but it sure does look good. It gives off a great “Hollywood” vibe, while still adding texture and scale to the standard tux. There really isn’t much that can be done to the classic tux look, so go big or go home, gentleman.
2) Oh My Texture
It’s hard to appreciate on the screen, but expect to see guys mixing up their fabric choices. Different textures help give the average tux depth and character. Satin is the easy go-to for gentleman, often found on the lapel, pant leg, or pocket linings. But the big prediction for Oscar night is for more velvet.
3) Bow Ties
For too long, guys have been wearing standard ties on the red-carpet. Who is the stylist making that choice? A classic bow tie is the best look for award season — bonus points if accompanied by a three piece tux. Let’s hope more men continue to embrace this old gentleman approach to dressing.
4) Color and Pattern
My highlight of award season has to be the Grammy awards. Yes, there’s always some big fashion mistakes, but there’s also some great menswear styling that I hope transfers over to the Oscar red carpet in some way. I favor the trend of using lots of shades of blue — like a deep rich blue paired with a bow tie and pocket square.
A Word of Caution
Just because you have a nice black jacket and tie does not mean you are dressed for the red-carpet. It’s horrible when a women in a beautiful dress is accompanied by a guy with a simple, basic suit. No one is fooled, and yet there will still be people wearing them this award season. If you must, at least accessorize with a pocket square, cuff links, and a hell of a good tie.