Henry Golding conquers the Met Gala 2022 with a Tom Ford tuxedo
“It’s my usual, my classic,” Golding said, striking a pose in the dressing room. Golding looks like a leading man and one of those rare smiles that makes everyone around him smile awkwardly. Like the rest of us, however, he worries about how to behave in front of the cameras. This position, he said, made sense. “It’s just natural, because you’re always like, what do you do with your hands?” he explains.
But the Met Gala red carpet is famous for its length and intensity. The 154-foot walk up the steps of the Met is packed with photographers, and with this year’s ultra-formal “Gilded Glamour” theme and white-tie dress code, Golding knows he must have a particularly debonair figure. As his wife, Liv Lo Golding, and their bubbly 13-month-old daughter, Layla, look on, Golding dons high-waisted jet black pants, a crisp white shirt and a racy tailcoat. Looking in the mirror, he tries out a few other poses: hands at his side with a straight gaze, a full wrist grip. “You don’t want to bend the suit too much,” Golding says, giving up on the idea of grabbing the wrist. He learned this advice from Mr. Ford himself, who once told Golding never to put his hands in his pockets when he was wearing a nice suit. “It just ruins the fit, ruins the shape, you get creases in the arms,” says Golding.
“This time, I think the boys have more trouble getting dressed than the girls!” said a Tom Ford tailor, busying himself with a buttoned buckle at the hem of Golding’s white waistcoat. White tie, the rarest and most formal dress code still in effect today, is all about looking as clean as possible, and at Tom Ford nothing is left to chance: hidden buttons in the high-waisted pants hold the shirttails in place, and help the vest lie perfectly flat. Liv asks Henry how the pants feel. “Support,” he said with a wink.
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