As more people get vaccinated and the entertainment industry begins a slow recovery from a tumultuous past 18 months, in-person award shows are becoming a thing again. Just a week after the first in-person Met Gala since the start of the pandemic (a big deal for men’s ‘fits everywhere), the 2021 Emmys have just taken place, honouring the TV shows and stars that have kept many entertained over a rather stagnant past year.
As with any red carpet, there were some big ‘fits—but possibly the most noteworthy trend was a dependence on bold colour and unexpected materials. Where pre-pandemic menswear red carpets involved an abundance of black tuxes, today’s male celebrities appear to be tapping into the experimentation of the moment, and straying outside their comfort zones (call it the Timothée Chalamet effect).
Budding menswear icon Dan Levy was instantly-memorable in royal blue Valentino Haute Couture, finishing off the look with a pair of chunky boots that deviated far from expected brogues or lace-ups. Nominee Jason Sudeikis also stood out in his blue velvet suit from menswear icon Tom Ford, proving you don’t have to try hard at all to step outside the box, and can still look fantastic doing it.
The Crown’s Josh O’Connor went down the route of an unconventional suit—wearing a Loewe double-breasted blazer with a cropped front and long rear, as well as an eye-catching tie—while Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page was incredibly dapper in a thick-collared custom Giorgio Armani suit, worn sans tie.
We’ve written before about how virtual awards season have allowed famous men to experiment more with red-carpet fashion than they would’ve in the past, and it appears that same ease-of-wear has carried over onto physical red carpets—proving that a ‘black tie’ dress code can mean so much more than simply a black tux, and that dress codes can be taken into your own hands.
Keep scrolling for all of the biggest menswear ‘fits from the 2021 Emmy Awards, held on September 19 in Los Angeles, California.