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Kanye's jacket is completely over-the-top and his jeans are ripped and distressed to an extent that causes some concern. But if you look past those things and into Ye's eyes, you'll see the real problem here: his contacts. Futuristic, but only in a "dead-eyed, conscious-less cyborg" kinda way.
We've long preached the gospel of the blue tux, and possible dick Miles Teller proves that one in a just-brighter-than-midnight shade is a great way to stand out without resorting to gimmickry.
Speaking of gimmicks, Orlando Bloom wore a tamagotchi in the breast pocket of his bordeaux dinner jacket. It's silly, but since it's done with a wink and a nod—and looks a whole lot less silly than a lot of the other stuff that showed up last night—we're giving him a pass.
Jared Leto, on the other hand, does not get a pass. It's not even the all-white tails or the throat-broach he's rocking—it's the cane. If you don't need a cane, it's probably best not to carry one around while doing your best impression of a foppish 1800s duke.
Zachary Quinto's white patent leather shoes aren't necessarily the wrong call, but they aren't easy to pull off. If you're on the fence about the proper footwear for your next black-tie affair, just remember that it's nearly impossible to go wrong with classic black.
Trevor Noah's three-piece suit isn't flashy, but it's impeccably cut. You should aim for the same, especially if it's your first foray into vested territory. (You should also make like Noah and abstain from buttoning the bottom button, by the way.)
Just ask Lewis Hamilton, whose suit is so snug that it looks like he wouldn't be able to bend over and dust off his opulently embellished loafers. You need to be able to move in your clothes, guys.
It really helps if you're Bradley Cooper, though. And you need to go all-in with a tailcoat. Which is to say: It's not easy. Also, one more note on tailoring. You see how David O. Russell's lapels are tenting out a bit? That's because his jacket is just a touch too small. Look out for it when you're trying things on.
Especially if you're wearing a white dinner jacket like Robert Pattinson did last night. The contrast at the neck draws the eye upwards, and it helps stop the color-blocking from making you look like you've been cut in half at the waist.
While we have all due respect for the classics, sometimes it's nice to break away from the pack. Nick Jonas shows us how to do it right, in a blue dinner jacket with a subtle pattern and hidden buttons. Just do keep the rest of the outfit appropriately understated.
Zayne Malik really went for it with the whole man/machine theme last night. That's not a good thing.
Hey, it's working for him.
Take a look at the lapels of Colin Ferrell's jacket: They've got satin piping running along their edges. You can barely see it—and that's the whole point. If you're going to break with convention, especially when dressing to the nines, it's a good idea to go subtle.
Multiple all-black-everything offender The Weeknd showed up in...all-black-everything. Again. This is getting old. It just looks so flat. And boring. And...OK, we'll stop.
Sorry! One more. Here's Michael B. Jordan. Like we noted back when we discussed John Legend's Grammy look, the all-black outfit just makes colorful details—like the gold sections on his lapels and trousers—look all the more garish.
Diplo looks like his mom forced him to go to a birthday party for the uncool kid in his middle school Earth Science class. In retaliation, he pulled the joke suit he bought for St. Patrick's Day out of the back of the closet, threw on a minuscule little tie, and sulked by the punch bowl until she picked him up.
Noted Prana energy enthusiast Jaden Smith—shown here with sister Willow, who can shift time—is a weird guy. We don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. He's just living life on a whole different level than most of us. Which is why this outfit kind of works for him. It probably wouldn't work for you or me or anyone else, though.
Whereas Jared Leto took his all-white look to the accessorized extreme, Wiz Khalifa pared it down to the essential elements, even forgoing a tie altogether. It's simple, modern, and unaffected. Plus, anyone can do it—white suit not required.
And they kick in right around the time you're pairing a classic, double-breasted tux jacket with studded leather pants and motorcycle boots. "Creative black tie" isn't easy, and David Lauren proved it last night.
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