Creative red carpet black tie: When formally dressed men go wild!
Black, white, and red all over: actor Alan Cumming is one of the most creative when it comes to interpreting black-tie. Here he is in madras at a benefit in New York last October; with Harrison Ford at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in November in lipstick red; and in pajama-style pants, at the 2011 Emmys.
At the Cannes premiere of Drive with the film’s director, Nicolas Winding Refn, in 2011, Ryan Gosling wore a bright-blue, satin-trimmed Ferragamo tux, followed two days later by maroon black-tie by Balenciaga.
Tyson Beckford stepped out in an apple-green-and-white jacket and emerald-green socks—matchy-matchy with girlfriend and fellow model Shanina Shaik—at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball II in Washington, D.C., last month.
For years the most high-profile tinkerer of formalwear at Hollywood events, Johnny Depp showed his range at the Venice Film Festival in 2007, the Academy Awards in 2005, Cannes in 2011, and the Golden Globes in 2011.
Justin Bieber paired a loose-fitting three-piece tux in winter white with a bright-white shirt and Mickey Mouse bow tie at the 2011 Grammys.
Robert Downey Jr.
For the 2010 Academy Awards, a cheerful Robert Downey Jr. (here with wife Susan Downey) enhanced a traditional suit with a mineral-blue bow tie, tinted glasses, and sneakers.
Presaging the recent neon craze, Robin Williams’s mariachi-inflected ensemble for the 2005 Oscars got its punch of pink from both the dress shirt and the trousers’ side stripes.
Pharrell Williams set off fervent fashion-blog debate with his shorts tuxedo, made even more casual with a knit cap and without socks, at the C.F.D.A. Awards in June 2012.
A silhouette that he’s favored in the past for red-carpet appearances, the mandarin-collared, knee-length design of Jeremy Irons' tuxedo jacket gave him a Lincolnian air at the Golden Globes in January. It usually skews him more maharajah.
At the Golden Globes last month, Bill Murray tweaked his plain suit with a Dress Campbell–tartan tie—why didn’t he go for the Murray clan’s?—and complementary Highlands facial hair.