As I reviewed the frenzy that erupted online following TimothÃ©e Chalamet’s statement Wonka reveal, I couldn’t help but wonder: what makes the actor send viewers into such hysterics?
Before I begin, I would like to clarify that this is not a review of Chalamet’s acting chops, which are objectively good. Nor is it a blow to Chalamet’s fandom, a significant portion of which is made up of teenage girls, a demographic who is often unfairly portrayed as unsophisticated and cranky.
Instead, it’s an honest inventory of the actor’s style, often hailed by fashion publications (including ours, at times) as some sort of sartorial second coming.
On the red carpet, Chalamet’s cuts are a mix – not entirely surprising, considering he doesn’t work with a stylist.
His defining moment came at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, where he celebrated The king in a silver gray Haider Ackermann suit. Paired with leather boots, it was a slightly tailored ensemble that cemented the actor’s newly created place at the forefront of what many have dubbed a new era for Hollywood masculinity.
Since then, Ackermann has continued to dress Chalamet, with varying degrees of success. Most recently, the legendary designer outfitted the actor for the Met Gala with an all-too-cropped tuxedo jacket, which Chalamet paired with loose Rick Owens sweatpants and high-top Converse.
It was, in my mind, a rambling look: black tie at the top and bodega run at the bottom.
Another recent ensemble, Chalamet’s silver-gold Tom Ford suit looked stylish layered over a collarless shirt, but missed the mark when accessorized with a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers (his favorite shades, it seems).
And her groundbreaking 2019 Golden Globes outfit, which featured a sequined Louis Vuitton harness, was, in short, a reach.
Off the rug, Timmy dresses a lot like your average local Nolita. He’s got the gold chain (from New Top Jewelry, maybe?), Designer sweatpants, and culturally appropriate headwear (Elara Pictures cap, Gem Spa beanie) on the lock.
In retrospect, the actor dabbles in a wardrobe quite similar to Pete Davidson’s, a look that qualifies them both as dudes walking around Cafe Leon Dore, then Dimes, and possibly Balthazar for a ride. seafood.
To jog your memory: there was the Saint Laurent sheepskin jacket by Chalamet, lovely in itself but rather not very magical when worn over a gray hoodie. And don’t forget his Prada Moment, less Teen Boy Ready For a Basement Gaming Sesh but still far from Frank Ocean’s mastery of the label.
Last but not least, we have her Paris Fashion Week look, featured at the top of this article. For some reason, he decided to wear a backpack for Haider Ackermann’s Fall / Winter 2020 show where he sat in the front row, wedged between Japanese painter Setsuko Klossowska de Rola and fellow actor Kevin Mischel.
Chalamet’s style isn’t revolutionary, but it manages to make headlines almost every time he’s photographed by the paparazzi. In 2019, Vogue even declared him “the most influential man in fashion”. (Excuse me?)
A talented actor, yes. Charismatic, of course. But the most influential man in fashion? I just don’t see it.