Robert Pattinson is one of the most popular celebrities in the world. His role in the movie Twilight made him an overnight sensation and turned him into a global brand, sparking a fashion trend that has lasted well beyond the blockbuster movie’s release.
The 27-year-old actor is currently shooting his latest movie, Burnt, alongside a stunningly glamorous group of women. Ahead of its release on July 5, here, we meet the former Mr Right queening it over London’s high street. We also hear from his stylist, makeup artist and hair and costume designer, who shed light on how his glamorous lifestyle is achieved.
The Fashion Backdrop
The year 2014 was a big one for Pattinson. Not only did he become a father for the first time, but he also started a family business, RPattz, with partner and entrepreneur Serena Brash. Their aim is to revitalise and revolutionise menswear by fusing American and English design culture. With outlets in London, Paris and Milan, the brand has since grown to represent cutting-edge men’s wear.
Brash spoke to Vogue magazine about the brand’s early days post-quake in China: “It was a really exciting time – you could literally have died for a Burberry shirt, let alone a pair of trousers.” That said, she advises against dressing your baby in brand-name jeans, even if they are designer labels.
Pattinson’s style has always been eclectic – blending the modern and the classic with a unique twist. While the actor is known for regularly donning classic men’s attire, such as tweed suits and striped shirts, he also brings a contemporary feel to his style through bold prints and quirky accessories.
Since Twilight, he has favoured bold and quirky prints and vivid, primary colours, as seen on the cover of Vogue‘s September 2014 issue. The actor is always on the lookout for unique prints and will often match a shirt or a tie with an outfit.
To bring the modern twist to traditional male fashion, the actor has collaborated with designers such as Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs, teaming up with each brand on a unique collection. The result is a modern twist on classic style – a trend that will make its presence felt this summer. For example, his Marc Jacobs collection makes a welcome return to menswear, complete with bold prints and quirky knits in pastel colours.
The Makeup And Hair
While Pattinson’s unique style has made him a household name, it is his face that will forever be associated with Twilight. The actor is renowned for his natural beauty, which he accentuates with luxurious hair and makeup. He has close ties with UK makeup artist Lora London. The pair worked together to transform him from a scrawny teen into a rugged, yet attractive adult.
We meet London, who reveals that she played a key role in transforming the actor. She started by taking a close look at his skin, paying particular attention to his eyebrows. London then shaped them using arches, curves and gentle slants to give the actor a more mature and distinguished look. She continues by applying a light dusting of powder to his nose, which she describes as a quintessential piece of menswear grooming.
If you have seen the movie, you will know that Pattinson’s eyebrows are a vital part of his iconic charm. The shape of his eyebrows is a key indicator of his character’s mood. The more arched and gentle the shape of the eyebrow, the more the actor will seem laidback and cool, while a sharp, V-shaped brow will indicate he is concentrating and paying close attention.
The Dressing Rooms
Pattinson’s love of dressing rooms is well-known. The actor has admitted to regularly spending a lot of time in the mirror – and on social media – admiring his looks and posting glamorous snaps of himself. While he mostly focuses on his wardrobe, he is also very picky about the way he presents himself in photos. In the past, he has worked with stylists such as Tim Wheeler to ensure the photos he posts of himself are to the highest quality.
The actor’s dressing rooms are a shrine to his many interests. The walls are filled with photos of the star, alongside paintings by Andy Warhol, Basquiat and Warhol’s contemporaries, such as Roy Lichtenstein and Kenny Scharf.
How Does He Eat?
Pattinson’s love of food has been a source of fascination since he rose to fame. While he mostly focuses on his diet, he does enjoy a few guilty pleasures. When he was younger, he would often sneak bites of chocolate, while his recent admission to enjoying a bagel and cream cheese sandwich provoked a global Twitter storm.
Since the start of the year, he has been vocal about his dedication to a plant-based diet. He follows brands like Beyond Meat, whose burgers and sausages are made from plants, and Ripple, a startup that creates meat analogues from plants.
How Does He Sleep?
Pattinson’s busy schedule makes it hard for him to unwind. The actor is no stranger to hardship, having endured extreme lows as a child, followed by tragedy and fame. He usually finds time to relax in the evening, however, by taking a break from his day and heading to his hotel room for a well-deserved nap.
The star’s busy social media timelines are filled with snappy one-liners and captions that make light of his demanding schedule. Many of his fans and followers enjoy seeing the funny side of the actor’s hectic lifestyle.
The Man Behind The Label
Pattinson’s fame has meant he has had to grow up quickly. The younger brother of actress Kate Winslet, Danny, witnessed his older sibling’s rise to fame and subsequently found himself catapulted into the spotlight. He currently works as an actor and screenwriter, collaborating with his sibling on scripts for the upcoming movies Matching Lockhart and The Boat Race.
Danny has had to learn to navigate the spotlight while also caring for his brother, whose lifestyle can sometimes put him in the spotlight. When asked about caring for his famous brother, and juggling a career while doing charity work, he told Vogue: “I feel blessed to be able to do both, though it does mean that I have to be supermom at times.”
Pattinson’s parents, Richey and Elizabeth, set up the Matthew Lloyd Trust, a charitable foundation in their son’s honour, in 2018. The foundation’s stated aim is to “bring attention to issues concerning children and youth, supporting and enriching their lives.”
Pattinson is set to return to the big screen in 2019 with a lead role in the Christian Dior movie, The One. The actor will also be seen starring alongside Emily Blunt and John Malkovich in the movie adaptation of Nick Hornby’s classic novel, House of Mirth. The movie is due for release in February 2019.
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Pattinson was born in London in 1990 and grew up in the countryside with his mum and dad. He began acting at an early age, landing a string of high-profile parts in My Family and its sequel, My Parents. He next popped up in Danny Boyle’s gangster movie, Trainspotting, as a young member of the titular gang. The role earned him a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
It was a year of firsts for the young actor. Not only did he make his screen debut in the drama To Die For, but he also became engaged to model and actress Lisa Snowdon. The couple’s engagement was announced in January 2018 and the wedding took place in July 2019.