One small swerve for man, one giant leap for menswear.
The 2019 Grammys red carpet lived up to its promise to be weird and wonderful and filled with excellent boots, but our favorite flex of last week was actually born from all the musician hangouts and fashion events that took place before Sunday night. It surfaced at Tom Ford’s runway show and at an AARP awards event on Monday, then exploded at Roc Nation’s annual pre-Grammy brunch over the weekend.
The move was this: a confident suit done in a single, unapologetically fun-as-hell color. Pastels. Jewel tones. Brights. Mattes. Semi-glosses. No swatch was left unturned by these style heroes, who ranged from young actor Charlie Plummer to Jay-Z and Diddy.
Earlier today Diddy, host of this most colorful party of the year, posted a photo of himself smiling big, pampered by jade roller, whispering “I’m back” straight to camera.
“I want to thank all my family, friends, supporters and fans for all the prayers. Sometimes in life you go through dark times and dark periods and it’s not easy to get up. You may try and get up eight, nine, ten times and keep on falling down and staying in darkness. But happiness is a choice and today I decided to be HAPPY!!!! I’M BAAAAAAACK!”
And, look, that’s not not a recap of where men’s style is right now. After stints with minimalism, athleisure, normcore, and coziness, lots of gray, lots of fleece, it’s gone full happy. If you follow Donte Colley on the ‘Gram, saw Virgil Abloh’s recent Louis Vuitton collection, or, uh, picked up the new issue of GQ, you know what we’re talking about here. The vibe is wild but self-possessed, free of boundaries, bright as hell. Instead of a gray crewneck sweatshirt it’s a double-breasted powder blue suit. It’s Plummer at last week’s Tom Ford show:
It’s I’m baaaaaaaaaack in clothing form. Now we just need the weather to get warm.