The best-dressed men at this year’s Oscars all wore the classic tuxedo

Austin Butler, Paul Mescal, Michael B Jordan – Getty

What a difference a year makes. The men at the 2022 Oscars may have made headlines for all the wrong reasons – The Slap was still reverberating through Hollywood’s Dolby Theater – but the menswear was pretty standout, from the subtle burgundy velvet of Andrew Garfield’s suit to Timothée Chalamet in glittery Louis Vuitton Sans -Shirt .

But this year, a return to tradition and form was the theme for the best-dressed men, who made their presence felt alongside the sumptuous robes.

Classic black tie in the form of a tuxedo was the dress code of the evening for Hollywood’s leading men. Nothing shocking — black tie is the dress code, after all — but it hasn’t been taken quite so literally in years, as bold colors, sparkly coats instead of jackets, and a loucheier approach appealed to the more experimental sections of menswear.

This year there was no such fear of the fashion horses; Best Actor nominee Austin Butler in a black razor sharp tuxedo by Saint Laurent, Paul Mescal in a monochromatic soft-fit version by Gucci, Michael B. Jordan in a handsome black tuxedo by Louis Vuitton and Andrew Garfield – the occasional Red Carpet theatrical – in a classic black Fendi ensemble.

Lenny Kravitz poses on the champagne red carpet during arrivals for the Oscars at the 95th Academy Awards in Hollywood - Getty

Lenny Kravitz poses on the champagne red carpet during arrivals for the Oscars at the 95th Academy Awards in Hollywood – Getty

That’s not to say that all tuxedos are the same; Mescal’s cut is 1970s-influenced, with a plush crimson bodice for a touch of retro charm, while Butler’s pointed shoulders accentuate his slim proportions and Jordan added a touch of jewels to his lapels.

But in general there has been a return to safe, solid men’s clothing. Even the outre outfits were a little understated, sticking to Monochrom’s familiar tuxedo color palette; Lenny Kravitz in louche Saint-Laurent silk was the outre of the evening, and while Pedro Pascal in minimalist Zegna with a funnel-neck shirt, or Batman star Paul Dano in embroidered Dolce & Gabbana with a pink shirt might have pushed the boundaries slightly, they were don’t just tear up the rule book.

Pedro Pascal attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards - Getty

Pedro Pascal attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards – Getty

And that’s perfectly fine. At the moment there is a widespread movement in the fashion industry towards understated austerity, perhaps in response to world events. Yes, it’s fun to see Whippet-hip Chalamet pushing the envelope in a renegade outfit (he famously wore a Prada jumpsuit made from tech fabric and Cartier jewelry a few years ago), but there’s a strong case for that Power of the classic tuxedo in all its sweeping shawl collar sculpting and tailored architecture.

Colin Farrell-Getty

Colin Farrell-Getty

Colin Farrell’s standard black affair doesn’t make a statement, but he looks damn good in it (yes, looking like Colin Farrell helps, of course). So is Idris Elba, who wears a navy blue Gucci silk number – one of the rare forays into colour, alongside Samuel L Jackson in a shiny silver Giorgio Armani tuxedo jacket and black trousers.

It’s also – it whispers – a masculine form of evening wear when so much formal attire has been the issue. It’s also mature and sophisticated; Note the presence of various older statesmen looking nonchalant after season after season of Gen-Z hijinks – Elba at 50 and Jackson at 74 were two of the best looking men of the night. Peacockery and a cheerful dress sense have their place in menswear, but sometimes nothing beats the sophisticated majesty of a great tuxedo.

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