Rob Pattinson graced the big screen in 2017 in a very big way. After making a splash at the turn of the year as the male lead in the Oscar-winning film, The Shape of Water, he went on to feature in several other big-name movies.
Whether he was portraying a swashbuckling hero in Quentin Tarantulinu’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood or the antagonist role of a lifetime in Steven Spielberg’s finale to the decade, Ready Player One, Rob always stole the show. We have compiled a list of our favourite looks from Rob’s cinematic year, from the red-carpet standard-bearers to the unforgettable character outfits.
An Agent Of Change
It’s been a rough year for men’s wear, with Hollywood leading the way in men’s fashion in movies and on the streets. Whether it was President Donald Trump’s inauguration or the aftermath of the Women’s March, we’ve seen a lot of inspiring and ground-breaking looks. This was especially prominent in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, where the main character, Jimmy, is an avatar of sorts in a sophisticated virtual reality world.
But beyond the style, the movie focused on important issues and was a biting satire of the video game industry and how it had evolved into a way of life. This was reflected in Jimmy’s wardrobe, where we saw him dress in a number of suits and dresses that were both daring and innovative.
The Red Carpet Standouts
It’s no secret that cinema is a powerful tool in portraying fashion and style. Fashion and style are a feature of nearly every film, from Gone With the Wind to Avengers: Infinity War, and many others in between. But it’s not just about dressing the famous stars – cinema can also show us how to dress in a way that will eventually become fashionable. The 1950s film Gigi posed a question to the world of cinema and fashion: can we learn to dress better from film?
And the answer is yes! Here are some of our favourite looks from the red-carpet standouts.
The Suit, And Not Just The Jacket
It’s been a while (almost 70 years) since we last saw a gentlemen wear a suit on the red carpet. The modern suit was first seen in films in the 1950s (think Kirk Douglas in the 1951 drama, Panic in the News) and became a staple of men’s wear in the 60s and early 70s (think James Bond or Bullmoose!).
Since then, we’ve mainly seen suits on the red carpet as a festive or formal attire – think white tie and black tie events. But in recent years, the suit has gradually returned as a popular style on the red carpet. We can attribute this fashion comeback to a few factors. First, the world of cinema continues to inspire us and educate us on how to dress better. Second, celebrities now work towards making a lasting impact on society rather than just being famous for being famous. And finally, the suit looks better than ever thanks to the rise of style influencers and social media. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best suits and dresses from the red carpet this year.
One of the best things about this year’s cinema is how much we got to see of homecoming dresses. This is a style of dress that was prominent in the early 20th century but was gradually phased out over time due to the popularity of the cocktail attire look. It also had some pretty high profile homecomings this year, with Reese Witherspoon wearing a stunning Dior gown and Amal Clooney opting for a Ralph Lauren suit with a shirt.
But it wasn’t just high-profile homecomings that were dressed in these stunning looks. We also saw them on occasion on the red carpet, with shorter women’s dresses taking over as the style forefront (think Madame De Fauré, Princess Charlotte, or even Grace Kelly).
If you want to try something new for the homecoming dance this year, these are some of the best looks to check out. Plus, we’ve seen homecoming dresses on the red carpet before – it’s always a great look when a girl can wear something that’s truly unique and memorable.
One of the most unique and memorable looks of the year was Michelle Pfeiffer’s choice of Dior’s Quiet Colors. Pfeiffer, who is known for her fashionable choices, had a particular affinity for this particular design, and we can see why. Like the rest of Dior’s spring collection, these Quiet Colors are on the lighter side, and they perfectly encapsulate the springtime – soft colors and pastel hues that put the spring in spring fashion.
We’ve seen this Quiet Colors dress before. In fact, it was one of the first pictures we saw when we logged into our Dior account this year – it instantly popped up as one of the first designs we were notified about when we went to purchase a dress.
So if you’re looking to make a fashion statement in the springtime and catch the eye, this is one of the best looks to choose. It’s also one of the most unique looks we’ve seen in a long time, so we’re certain that you’ll stand out.
We’re big fans of Mad Men here at InStyle, but this year we were particularly impressed with the workmanship that went into the costumes for the period drama. The costumes reflect the era – the men’s suits are classic and timeless, while the women’s dresses are on the more refined side, with details like the bonnet tying the outfit together.
This was one of the most unique and memorable looks in a long time, largely because none of us have really seen men’s suits on the red carpet worn in this way before. The attention to detail is something to behold, as is Megan’s (played by Jessica Chastain) unique and powerful look.
A Different Kind Of Suits
One of the biggest surprises of the year was Tom Hardy’s stunning choice of suit for the 2019 film, The Banker. Hardy is one of the biggest names in cinema today and usually wears bold and striking clothing; however, we’ve never really seen him wear a suit like this one before. The cut is modern and sleek, with the jacket and trousers separated by a bold color splash.
If you’ve ever seen The Banker, you’ll know exactly what kind of cut and style this is. Hardy plays Sidney Mellon, the founder of B Mellon (now Bank of America) who was one of the biggest contributors to the American way of life. This was a man who understood luxury – something Hardy’s character embodies perfectly.
The Man In Black
Speaking of bold and striking fashion, we couldn’t talk about this year’s cinema without mentioning Charlie Hunnam. It’s been three years since we’ve seen him wear a suit on the red carpet and it feels like it’s been forever. But like many other men’s suits this year, the Man in Black is a look that was prominent in the early 20th century but has gradually been phased out. Nonetheless, we have seen men’s suits on the red carpet before – particularly since the 1970s – but never quite like this. The cut is bold and the style is extremely simple yet effective. We would place this trend in the designer Hermes’ court of style influencers – a definite must-have for any man’s wardrobe this year.
We can’t talk about the best looks of the year without mentioning the shoes. This year is particularly memorable for us because it was the first time in a long while that we’d seen men’s shoes worn at the forefront. Not only that, but nearly all of the men’s shoes we saw this year were designed by the famous Maison Martin Margiela. Margiela was behind some of the biggest fashion trends of the past few years, and his influence can be clearly seen in the looks he designed this year – from the sharp tailoring of Brioni to the use of leather and studs. If you’re looking for a way to make a statement in the coming months, these are some of the best designs to check out.