Sometimes, when Ilaria Urbinati gets caught in Los Angeles visitors, she’ll look out of her vehicle window at some anonymous guy on the street dressed in a disheveled fit; and he or she will be melancholy. She will say to herself, “You haven’t any idea how tons higher I should make you appear.”
This isn’t idle bragging. It’s a statement of fact. The evidence might be on the pink carpet Sunday at the 91st Academy Awards.
Urbinati is Hollywood’s superior guys’ stylist, with a client list that includes nice-actor nominees Bradley Cooper and Rami Malek. John Krasinski, Armie Hammer, Donald Glover, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, and Milo Ventimiglia are also in her care.
When it involves pink-carpet fashion, guys have moved past the traditional black tuxedo. They are sporting brown velvet, ruby-crimson velvet, orange silk, embroidered capes, and bedazzled holsters. Some are a warmness-in search of missiles aiming for the flashing cameras and the center of the spotlight. Others are the usage of fashion to outline — or redefine deftly — their public character. Either way, women do not very own the purple carpet.
Urbinati has led the manner through helping each of her clients explicit something non-public and distinct via his garments. And other men — beyond the area of Hollywood — have taken heed.
“It all changed in the final two years. There are components that I don’t like, wherein it’s gotten a bit silly and guys are peacocking, and it’s ‘Look at me!’ I don’t love that,” Urbinati says. “I’m not looking to make them look exciting; I want them to be sudden.”
Men have “upped their game four hundred percentage,” says New York-primarily based stylist Brian Coats, who knows Urbinati’s work well. “It’s almost switched in a manner, with loads of actresses getting criticized for being too safe.”
If there’s a not awesome thread with Urbinati’s customers, it’s that all of them exude good-looking. They possess the wow aspect. They evoke that understand-it-whilst-you-see-it perfect of a Hollywood leading man.
Urbinati doesn’t have a signature look. Her clients wear Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Tom Ford, Dior. They additionally put on Strong Suit, the modestly priced emblem with whom Urbinati collaborated. With help from Malek and Hammer, she positioned Strong Suit on the style map. “It doesn’t impact sales. However, it influences the credibility of the logo,” says Jamie Davidson, its founder.
Glover exudes creativity and adventurousness, with a brown velvet Gucci healthy on the Golden Globes, an orange Dolce & Gabbana one on the “Black Panther” foremost. For Urbinati, working with Glover is similar to two musicians riffing off the same melody and driving the ensuing power. “He has any such natural sense of swagger and cool,” Urbinati says. “I think we grew up with the same references in style, and we get each different. His fittings are probably the maximum handy. It flows, and we’re having fun.”