The SAG Awards kept us guessing with their offbeat – or at least, unexpected – winners. This isn’t usually a show with any kind of surprises. But the expected winners of many months have now been knocked off their perches, and some of the outsiders are looking pretty good. The same could be said for the menswear at the SAG Awards. Since the tux – and suit – silhouettes are all about the fit now – as lean and mean as possible, just like bulky super six-pack muscles aren’t what trainers are striving for now. The only possibility for men to shake it up is with color, texture, and changing up the bowtie sitch. And many did.
Blue – whether it was midnight, or royal, or nearly black – was the color of the night: it’s subtle, masculine, and not as “trying too hard” as burgundy – or God forbid, glitter. Dev Patel’s Brunello Cuccinelli notch lapel three piece from SS 2017 tux was a deep navy, matched with a navy tie. Jim Parsons’ traditional Armani tux was also deep navy. Lucky Gucci is getting to dress Ryan Gosling often these days; he wore a Gucci DIY Made to Measure satin peak lapel one button in midnight blue – with striking black contrast. Nothing says cool like black with a bit of navy. Actually, nothing says cool like Ryan Gosling.
In other unique detailing, Anthony Anderson’s Dolce tux was black on black with a deep velvet shawl collar. John Legend’s tux was accompanied by a high collar white stiff shirt, eschewing any kind of tie altogether.
The two best dressed men of the night are the guys who really went for it: Mahershala Ali’s all-white Zegna silk couture tux had him top Vogue’s best dressed man at the SAGS. Topped off with a black boe tie and handkerchief. And Rami Malek – the new face of Dior Homme – got to pick his favorite tux off the Dior Homme runway. “I said, ‘Send it to me’ – and boom!” We had a feeling he had a little help from his regular stylist Ilaria Urbinati. Talk about different: it was black and white checked silk, with a black shirt.
Will any of this trickle down to the man on the street? It would be nice to see average guys take up navy snappy skinny suits or black and white tweed silk ones. Just don’t expect it at the Oscars!