[dropcap size=big]M[/dropcap]arking the culmination of the awards season, the 88th Academy Awards concluded minutes ago. And while we care about the acting awards — we were keeping our fingers crossed for Leonardo diCaprio to win (it worked; Leo has won his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant) — we have to admit to occasionally feeling more strongly about the stars’ red-carpet style, rather than which deserving actor was robbed. While one can’t go wrong with beautifully tailored black tie (to wit: Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen), here are a few of our favourite outstanding looks from the Oscars.
01: Jared Leto
Thin red lines: Actor, musician and Oscars 2016 presenter Jared Leto has become our go-to guy for coolly unconventional formal looks. Arriving at the Academy Awards with low-key Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele (not pictured), Leto wears a Gucci suit with red contrast piping. He ditched the standard bowtie for a flamboyant red silk flower, and punctuated his look with velvet evening slippers with crystal snake details. We love the extra touches, but even without them, this suit will easily hold its own at any after-hours function.
02: Sylvester Stallone
Not expendable: While we wait for formal menswear dressing to get more adventurous, different shades of blue offer a lighter take on the conventional black tux. Those donning the shade of the sky tonight include two of our favourite actors, Sylvester Stallone (seen here with his wife Jennifer Flavin) and Mark Ruffalo. Take a leaf out of Sly’s book (not the part about jumping out of helicopters while wielding a machine gun): Remove the bow tie, maybe unbutton one shirt button, and you’ve got yourself a smart look for night or day.
03: Pharrell Williams
On the cuff: Contrary to what his recent Oscar outfits may show, mega-musician and producer Pharrell Williams isn’t averse to full-length trousers (we’ve seen his ankles covered, we swear). But if anyone can carry off cropped trousers as part of their formal garb, it’s this eternally youthful-looking and fashion-loving star, who wears Lanvin — the same label behind the jacket-and-bermudas combi Williams wore to the Oscars two years ago.
Say yes to diversity, no to bolognaise: Now, this should be the only way by which #OscarsSoWhite (a hashtag that has been trending on social media following the lack of racial diversity among this year’s nominees). While Oscars 2016 host Chris Rock took the stage in a white jacket and black trousers, rapper Common (seen here) commits to the look in (almost) all-white Dolce and Gabbana. The white jacket — which we still prefer to reserve for formal occasions, if only because it requires too much care around food and drinks — has been making the rounds lately: Tom Ford’s version was most recently immortalised on film, thanks to Daniel Craig in Spectre.
05: Ryan Seacrest
All-American ease: Typically, television host Ryan Seacrest is the one asking the stars those “Who are you wearing?”-type red-carpet style questions. Here, however, Seacrest shows that his own outfits are also worth spotlighting: His heather grey tux jacket would spruce up just about any outfit, formal or otherwise. Bonus points for effectively plugging his own menswear line (did you even know he had one?), Ryan Seacrest Distinction.