Who: Timothée Chalamet
The outfit: Head-to-toe Haider Ackermann
Location: The 76th Venice Film Festival
Why it works: For the premiere of Chalamet’s upcoming Shakespearian drama The King, the Academy-award nominated actor had many options for what to wear, especially for an event as institutional as Venice Film Festival. A more conservative black suit-and-tie situation would have been easy, and probably done the job, but thankfully, we were blessed with a piece of ultra-modern tailoring from Haider Ackermann instead.
The impact of the pewter gray suit was all in the lines and drapery it created around Chalamet’s body. The fitted blazer (worn with matching silvery collarless undershirt) was boldly cinched at the waist with two tonal belts, which cut the actor a very fresh and contemporary silhouette that’s not been seen on the red carpet before. Why are the suit pants turned up? It’s not clear. Perhaps it’s to really show off the leather zip-up heeled boots, which balance out the glamor of the outfit.
Editor’s Notes: Tailoring, as we’ve noted for some time, is getting softer, more playful, and liberated from its conservative associations. Colombian-born French designer Haider Ackermann has been spearheading this since his FW19 collection, which posited “a new vision of handsomeness” that gently tugged at the gendered conventionality of tailored suits, and was seen on Chalamet back in February.
Cinched waists and rolled up pants aside, it’s also a relief to see that Chalamet’s gentrified East London bowl cut hairstyle was left in the movie, and his trademark curls were back to their tousled splendor.