After yesterday’s post extolling the virtues of the traditionally dressed men on the red carpet (Ryan Seacrest, Colin Firth and Tom Ford), I can’t help myself but say something about Robert Downey Junior in Lanvin. I hate to hate, but seriously. Come on. I don’t understand how two of my favourite things – Lanvin and Robert Downey Junior – could get it so wrong. Fashion is fashion and acting is acting and never the twain shall meet?
First things first, I have no formal clarification it’s Lanvin, but I’m going to assume it is because the sneakers and bow tie are definitely Lanvin. No doubt. Then there’s the jacket and pants, which, if you look closely, are made from slightly different cloths. That’s very Lanvin – Lucas Ossendrijver has stated in the past that he prefers a mismatched jacket and pants to a full suit.
So here’s my beef. The fit is bad. Pants are baggy, jacket length and sleeves are too long. Styling is bad. Sneakers on the red carpet. With that bow tie. Maybe, just maybe if RDJ was still a 20 year old Brat Packer, he could have pulled it off. But instead, he looks like an aged Peewee Herman making an attempt at a more casual comeback.
I always say, you gotta know the rules before you try to break them, and, when in doubt, take the road often travelled. There’s a reason that road is often travelled. It’s because it’s the right road. Take the right road!
If Ryan Seacrest can do it, surely Robert Downey Junior can do it. But in Oscar winning form.
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