A week in the wardrobe of Timothée Chalamet is quite the adventure. First, the actor’s twinkly black Louis Vuitton shirt sparked an internet-wide investigation as to whether it was a bib or harness (conclusion: bib) at the Golden Globes. Then, at the Critics’ Choice Awards, he plumped for a multi-coloured Alexander McQueen suit awash with swirling brushstroke motifs.
Was Chalamet wearing the suit, or was the suit wearing him? His McQueen two-piece perhaps did not get the airtime that such a punchy ensemble requires for a thorough examination – the actor lost out to Mahershala Ali in the Best Supporting Actor category and thus did not take to the stage – but it certainly slam-dunked the prize for Most Zany Suit Yet in his personal repertoire.
Fans of the Beautiful Boy will recall the moment he first wore McQueen. Twas October 13 2018 at the BFI Film Festival, when the blooms on his tailoring outshone the colour of the red carpet itself.
And of course, there have been other zany tailoring highs. His first visit to the Academy Awards in March wearing all-white custom Berluti; a tomato-red Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton design at an LA premiere in October; a Haider Ackermann two-piece with a monochrome geometric design at the Governors Awards in November; the list goes on. Are there enough patterned suits out there to satiate Chalamet’s taste?
With the SAG Awards and the Oscars in sight, his latest tailoring moment could perhaps be seen as a callout to design houses. Like Ezra Miller and feathers, and Harry Styles with his headbands, when it comes to suits, Chalamet is ready and raring to go when it comes to his sartorial signature. Give him paint-stroked McQueen, he’ll pair it with silver-flecked trainers and a bejwelled pendant! Give him a sparkly bib, he’ll take his mother along for company! Someone give the man a fashion contract.