Five Style Lessons We Learnt From The 2020 Red-Carpet Season

5 days agoWords by Mr Ashley Clarke

From left: Mr Brad Pitt at the Academy Awards, Los Angeles, 9 February. Photograph by Polaris/Eyevine. Mr Al Pacino at the Bafta Awards, London, 2 February. Photograph by Mr Anthony Harvey/BAFTA/Shutterstock. Mr Steve Lacy at the Grammy Awards, Los Angeles, 26 January. Photograph by Matrix Pictures. Mr Joaquin Phoenix at the Academy Awards, Los Angeles, 9 February. Photograph by Zuma Press/Eyevine. Mr Timothée Chalamet at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Los Angeles, 9 February. Photograph by Mr Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Awards season has thrown up some truly fascinating fashion. Once a platform for the world’s most famous women to show us who they were wearing while the men followed in non-descript tuxedos like a waddle of penguins, the red carpet has been flipped on its head. Indeed, what the men show up in is now worthy of as much admiration, bemusement, and sometimes abject horror, as what the women wear. Say what you will about Mr Billy Porter showing up to the Grammys in a remote-control tasselled hat that drew back to reveal his face (which was pouting furiously, natch), it makes a change from a black bow tie and a black suit. Snore. In any case, now that menswear on the red carpet has splintered off into multiple directions, certain tribes and trends are beginning to emerge, so from the velvet brigade to the DGAFs, here’s what the red carpet looked like for men in 2020.

01. SUSTAINABILITY IS KING

From left: Mr Joaquin Phoenix at the 92nd Academy Awards, Los Angeles, 9 February. Photograph by Zuma Press/Eyevine. At the 73rd BAFTA Awards, London, 2 February. Photograph by Press Association Images. At the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Los Angeles, 19 January. Photograph by Mr Terence Patrick/Getty Images for Turner