As Timothée Chalamet stepped out onto the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival last night, you could almost feel fashion’s tectonic plates shifting. The end of black tie’s despotic rule over our eveningwear? Perhaps. The chance to look a bit like Luke Skywalker at an end-of-Empire celebration? Almost definitely.
OK, so it’s fair to say that this suit isn’t for everybody. You’re unlikely to see Richard Madden having a go at it anytime soon, for example, but just look at it for a minute. It actually takes a while just to drink the thing in… what are you looking at first? The two belts or the collar, the neck line or the footwear? That’s before we even get on to his always-on-point hair.
In town for the premiere of his Netflix Henry V biopic, The King, Chalamet’s suit was created by friend and long-time favourite designer, Haider Ackermann – the man who was also behind Chalamet’s white Berluti Oscars tux in 2017, when he rocked up there as one of the youngest nominees ever for his breakthrough role in the coming of age movie, Call Me By Your Name. Since then the fashion pages have kept a keen eye on the 23 year old, and with good reason.
The monochrome cotton silk and satin look came from Ackermann’s spring summer 20 menswear collection, with a cowl-neck top on a silver blazer, a two-belt cinched waist and matching silver undershirt. The silver trousers, meanwhile, were a little slouchier with uncomplicated rolls that revealed some scorching hot shiny black boots.
Looking for another regal flex? Chalamet took the red carpet flanked by Ackermann himself and the rapper Kid Cudi. Talk about King-like.