So far, the men on the red carpet Sunday for the 87th Academy Awards are all over the map style-wise. Sure, there are a fair number of classic-looking, old-school tuxedo looks -- including Adam Levine in black two-button wool-cashmere (extra points for the shawl-collar lapel) and Michael Keaton and Steve Carell (in Brunello Cucinelli), who chose to accessorize with crisply folded white pocket squares.
And, although we liked Common’s uncommon choice of pairing a white bow tie and white shirt with a black Prada tuxedo jacket (it appeared to be black velvet), Kevin Hart’s outfit, which was essentially a photo-negative of Common’s, with a black tie, black dress shirt and white jacket, was a sartorial misstep thanks to black contrast lapels that added some horizontal width that didn’t work with the actor’s stature. And we’re not sure exactly what was going on with Will.i.am’s outfit, which included a bold shirt with vertical black-and-white stripes and a hat that fell somewhere between a railroad conductor’s cap and a kepi.
And, while we found David Oyelowo’s red Dolce & Gabbana shawl-collar tuxedo -- paired nattily with a red silk bowtie and red cummerbund -- more than a bit unexpected, the more we look at it, the more we think it’s a fashion risk that’s paying off. After all, why should the women on the carpet have a monopoly on the red threads?