While there was, and it should be safe to say there will always be, a majority of classic black-tie tuxedos at the Academy Awards, the more expressive stars often herald trends to come. Last year, Daniel Day Lewis, who took home the Oscar for best actor in a leading role, wore a navy blue tuxedo with black lapels by Domenico Vacca. This year it seemed like, beyond the spot-on black and white wares worn by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio (Giorgio Armani), Bradley Cooper (Tom Ford), and Michael Fassbender (Tom Ford), the navy tuxedo was definitely a winner.
Perhaps most notable was award presenter Kevin Spacey in his Burberry rig: navy with black peak lapels paired with a crisp white shirt and a black bow tie. And while his mother was unusually absent, the star of House of Cards looked as happy as a clam (with a new watch?).
The winners of the Academy Award for best live action short film (for Helium), Kim Magnusson and Anders Walter, took the stage in matching navy tuxedos with black shawl collar lapels.
Jim Carrey’s tribute to animation (which tended more toward awkward than amusing) was given in a shiny navy tux with a navy shawl collar, but contrasted by pairing with a black shirt, black bow tie, and a black lapel flower. Spike Jonze received the award for best original screenplay (for Her) in a navy tux. Jason Sudeikis escorted pregnant partner Olivia Wilde wearing navy, and Kellan Lutz, while not in a navy tux proper, wore a black jacket with navy detailing.
But taking home the award for best navy tuxedo (that will be the last Oscars pun, I promise) was definitely Ellen Degeneres, who began the night in a navy velvet Saint Laurent peak lapel jacket, paired with black vest and pants and a white shirt.
Not content with just one trend though, Ellen’s first costume change into an ivory shawl collar tuxedo was echoed in the audience by Oscar winners Jared Leto (best actor in a supporting role for Dallas Buyers Club), who wore a Saint Laurent ivory shawl collar jacket, paired with a white shirt and a red bow tie, and Matthew McConaughey (best actor in a leading role, also Dallas Buyers Club) in a Dolce & Gabbana ivory jacket with peak lapels, black pants, vest and black bow tie with a white shirt and black buttons. Ryan Seacrest wore a similarly styled outfit by Burberry for his interviews on the red carpet, although his jacket had two buttons instead of the more popular one, and a white pocket square.
P.S.–I love Pharrell, and his performance of Happy, the Oscar nominated song from Despicable Me II, was a highlight, but shorts on the red carpet? Even if they are Lanvin?