It’s quite ironic, really, that one of Ezra Miller’s breakout roles was in a film called The Perks Of Being A Wallflower for last night he stole the spotlight at the premiere of his latest movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. While co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law turned up in shirts and blazers, Miller wore a floor-length, hooded padded Moncler x Pierpaolo Piccioli runway look. He fully committed to the outfit with matching black ski gloves and a pronounced application of burgundy lipstick.
Naturally, the internet has turned Miller into a meme. Twitter users have compared him to a Dementor from the Harry Potter series, a human duvet and even a sex toy.
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While this isn't the first time Miller's red carpet ensembles have competed with Lady Gaga's in the absurdity stakes, he isn't the only male star taking risks in this arena. Notably, Timothée Chalame proved his debonair chops at the London premiere of his film Beautiful Boy with a floral printed Alexander McQueen suit. With his tossed hair and Chelsea boots, he channelled Harry Style's sartorial suaveness but made it his own with the addition of a plain black V-neck t-shirt (if Mr Styles was to wear a look like this we'd expect to see instead a bold Gucci blouse for instance).
Though A$AP Rocky has always pivoted towards fashion it was at the LACMA Art and Film Gala in Los Angles early this week that he pulled-off a look none of the other stars present (Kim Kardashian, Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love) dared to. He shut down the red carpet with a navy suit, a pair of fur-trimmed loafers, a smoking jacket and a headscarf à la Audrey Hepburn. Rappers, though famous for their often outrageous outfits, are rarely known to pull off a silk scarf with the same aplomb as the Queen.
Evidently, there is more to these eccentric red carpet moments than meets the eye. For male stars, there is more space to push sartorial boundaries as their promo shots are less conditioned by an industry banking on selling their pap shot to promote a dress, a hair stylist, a make-up brand and a host of accessories. Indeed, their fans will embrace their kookiness rather than judge them for they can outlive an outlandish outfit where a female star may forever be tainted by a single unconventional shot. Just ask Julia Roberts who this week is still answering questions about body hair on the red carpet nearly 20-years after she showed her untended to underarm to a host of cameras at the premiere of Noting Hill.
As ever, there’s one rule for women and another for men.