Till last year, it was difficult to belch out three smart lines on the male tuxedo at Oscar Awards. After Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s matching St Laurent tuxedos worn at the Bafta awards in 2014, no men’s jacket, formal coat, black bandhgala had wooed us as a garment should woo a fashion struck lobby. It would primarily be a sea of black and at best some midnight blues. The male body as in George Clooney’s or Daniel Craig’s looked fabulous on the red carpet but because of its masculine physique not its Armani or Tom Ford skins. The Oscar red carpet which shimmered every year with super gorgeous (and some really bawdy) haute couture was dominated by female fashion.

Not so this year. So stand up fashion folks and give the Dandy Tux a big applause. Casual formals becoming a globally commercial boom isn’t just a fashion website headline. It is for real. Also, could Gucci’s retro dandyism poeticised by its creative director Alessandro Michele on the ramp be an influence? On Jared Leto, yes, it’s safe to say it is. A black Gucci suit with red trims, a red flower instead of the cravat tie or the black, boring bow-tie, Leto let his hair down. With it came tumbling down the stiffness of the male suit on the red carpet. Posing with Alessandro Michele was not symbolism, it was a fashion statement.

Jared Leto. Photo: Reuters
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Jared Leto. Photo: Reuters
Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards. Photo: Reuters
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Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards. Photo: Reuters
Actor Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin arrive on the red carpet. Photo: AFP
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Actor Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin arrive on the red carpet. Photo: AFP
Mark Mangini (left) and David White after winning Best Sound Editing for “Mad Max Fury Road”. Photo: Reuters
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Mark Mangini (left) and David White after winning Best Sound Editing for “Mad Max Fury Road”. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Hart. Photo: AP
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Kevin Hart. Photo: AP
Michael Strahan at the 88th Academy Awards. Photo: Reuters
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Michael Strahan at the 88th Academy Awards. Photo: Reuters

But even better, imagine Priyanka Chopra in one! Now, that would have been a fashion forward movement.

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