It feels like each yr when awards period rolls all-around, there’s a new-deal with ingénue using over the purple carpet—but more frequently than not, it tends to be the year’s breakout actress alternatively than one particular of the fellas. That is not to say there have not been exceptions—lest we neglect Timothée Chalamet’s breakout 12 months in 2018, when he sported lots of Haider Ackermann and Louis Vuitton, or Leslie Odom Jr.’s killer Versace and Berluti appears to be very last year. Even now, identifying a new model star among the the males, where quite a few still hew to a much more vintage black tie method, feels like a rarer event.
All the much more purpose to be grateful for Kodi Smit-Mcphee, then, who has been accomplishing the rounds in guidance of Jane Campion’s broadly nominated The Ability of the Pet dog. In the subversive choose on the Western, Smit-McPhee plays Kirsten Dunst’s light, kindly son who finds himself the target of Benedict Cumberbatch’s cruel, domineering rancher. Just as remarkable as Smit-McPhee’s sensitive, relocating performance—which attained him a greatest supporting actor nod at the Oscars this weekend—has been his sartorial flair on the red carpet. Doing work with stylist Jared Eng, Smit-McPhee has firmly proven himself to be this award season’s standout men’s fashion star.
Whilst Smit-McPhee’s style formulation mostly is made up of smooth tailoring, it is his willingness to take hazards with the silhouettes and shades he chooses that is most hanging. “My mom usually instructed me to not be fearful of colour, so I wore everything that I liked, no make a difference what social sort of group it in shape you in,” he told Vogue’s Taylor Antrim back in November. There are the sequence of Kim Jones-designed Dior Men fits he wore at the starting of his awards marketing campaign, all showcasing a subtle twist—whether a significantly double-breasted panel, or a pair of stompy white rubber boots. Then, there is been his ongoing collaboration with Gucci. Not only did he wander in the brand’s Hollywood Boulevard “Love Parade” stunning back in November, but he also made an physical appearance at the LACMA Art+Movie Gala the next week carrying his boldest glance yet: a polka-dot silk accommodate with ’70s-motivated lapels that showcased environmentally friendly ostrich feather sleeves.
From there, Smit-McPhee has continued to experiment with some of the most agenda-placing menswear labels of the moment, from Bottega Veneta—he wore a speckled gray jumpsuit for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony last thirty day period, and has tested himself a thoroughly compensated-up enthusiast of the brand’s cult-most loved puddle boots—to the Y/Task turtleneck featuring an embroidered rose he sported at the Santa Barbara Intercontinental Film Pageant. With the purple carpet currently remaining rolled out for this weekend’s Oscars, count on Smit-McPhee to go out with a (pretty trendy) bang.