The men hitting the red carpet at the 87th
But there were also a few were sartorial risk-takers, thrill-seekers and envelope pushers – guys who managed to spin the sartorial color wheel to good effect or tweak the details of their tux just enough to stand out without sticking out.
And then there were a few real head-scratchers, too.
There were two notable trends among the old-school crew. The first was an unusual number of tuxedo Jackets with a shawl-collar lapel. Among those going shawl Sunday evening were nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Levine (in Giorgio
Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris even managed to double-down on the shawl-collar tuxedo – arriving in gray flannel number by Brunello Cucinelli, which, by the time he'd hit the stage for the opening musical number, had been swapped out for a black shawl-collar tuxedo.
The pocket square also seemed to be having a moment among the menfolk in the form of a crisp white horizontal stripe in the breast pocket It was a simple exercise in accessorizing that helped add a dash of dapper to at least a dozen dudes including Chris Pratt, Mark Ruffalo, presenter Terence Howard, and nominees Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall and Steve Carell.
There was one man among the safely-dressed set that deserves special mention: presenter
Nominee Common straddled the two camps, opting for a navy velvet Prada dinner jacket and white bib-front shirt but switching things up ever so slightly by opting for a white satin bow tie. Contrast that with
But the standout risk-taker of the evening had to be actor David Oyelowo, who hit the red carpet wearing a red, one-button, shawl-collar Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo, white dress shirt, red waistcoat and red silk bow tie. Not your run-of-the-mill men's formalwear to be sure, but why should women have a monopoly on the red carpet's red threads?