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The Golden Globes kick off the award season each year with a plethora of well-dressed men in their finest red carpet looks.
And then there are awards ceremonies like the VMAs and Grammys, where there are no rules for red carpet looks, so celebs get to strut down the carpet in creative and fascinating fashions.
4. Caleb McLaughlin at the Emmys
At this year’s Emmy Awards, the young cast of Stranger Things dazzled us with their charm. (They may be young, but they certainly have a sense of style.) Like Caleb McLaughlin, who dressed to the nines in a custom Garçon Couture tuxedo. He looked dapper in a bold purple floral formal jacket. His slim trousers and slipper-style loafers completed the suave ensemble.
Like Mahershala Ali, Rami Malek is a red carpet risk-taker. That paid off at the SAG Awards, where he wowed us with this black and grey houndstooth Dior Homme suit with hand-embroidered red stitches. Malek picked out the look himself after he attended the Dior Homme runway presentation the week before the awards show. Malek has excellent taste.
6. Riz Ahmed at the Academy Awards
Riz Ahmed, no stranger to awards shows, became the first Asian and Muslim actor to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Handsome and dapper, Ahmed’s fashion sense is as dazzling as his talent. Instead of the traditional black suit, Ahmed stood out in this nicely tailored navy blue Zegna tux.
7. Jidenna at the Grammys
While Jidenna may not be a household name — yet! — he knows how to create a statement with red carpet looks. A rapper, singer and songwriter, Jidenna is famous for his dandy “Classic Man” style. He describes the look above as “heavily inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, with hints of traditional West African design” in an interview with Fashion Bomb Daily. In a royal blue kaftan, Jidenna looked regal and sophisticated at this year’s Grammys.
8. Jaden Smith at the Met Gala
He’s only 18 years old, but Jaden Smith has been a fashion staple for houses like Louis Vuitton for years. And at this year’s Met Gala, fashion’s biggest event for red carpet looks, Smith didn’t disappoint. Draped head-to-toe in Louis Vuitton, he slayed the red carpet game with dropped-crotch pants and a knee-length coat. Smith showed he has a sense of humor when it comes to fashion — he carried his own dreads as an accessory!
9. Machine Gun Kelly at the VMAs
This handsome young rapper from Cleveland, Ohio, cleaned up nicely for this year’s VMAs. Machine Gun Kelly traded in his streetwear for a modern and dapper Thom Browne hipster suit. We’re also crazy over his black loafers with white soles — a definite standout at the VMAs.
10. Maxwell at the Met Gala
Sexy R&B crooner Maxwell pushed the envelope with this look from Dsquared2. Sporting a beautifully tailored jacket with zipper detail, Maxwell draped a skirt over his pants for a more editorial feel. The edgy outfit was appropriate for the Met’s tribute to Rei Kawakubo, the founder and designer of Comme des Garçons.