Timothée Chalamet has entered his post-swag era
It’s no secret that Timothée Chalamet is hands down one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars. Even if he had wearing a shirt at this year’s Oscars, the biggest pre-show story of the night might have yet revolved around Chalamet’s outfit. In an unpredictable and brilliant move, he wore a cropped sequin blazer by Louis Vuitton womenswear designer Nicolas Ghesquière, who has dressed generations of cool, smart girls around the world. It felt like the culmination of Chalamet’s rise as one of the most dedicated fashion enthusiasts of our time, a journey that sparked memorable collaborations with Stella McCartney, artist-turned-designer Sterling Ruby, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and the late Virgil Abloh. He didn’t just wear memorable outfits, he deepened his relationship with and appreciation for the most fascinating minds in fashion.
Which makes the clothes Chalamet wears away from photo calls all the more interesting.
At last weekend’s edition of Coachella, which became such a bonanza that it spawned its own kind of “festival style,” Chalamet showed up looking as even as possible. One day he wore black combat boots, slim Prada Linea Rossa joggers, a large white long-sleeved Supreme t-shirt and a sun-washed Chelsea FC hat. The only indication that he might be a celebrity, and not a PA for Brockhampton’s seventh most famous member, was his Cartier glasses and diamond rings. (He’s been a “friend of the house” since last year.) Another adjustment, which he wore at the influencer-palooza known as Revolve Festival, was slightly flashier and a bit more sloppy: With the same hat and shades, Chalamet wore an Encore Records graphic t-shirt, a long flame basketball shorts and a baked white Chuck Taylors. A great outfit if you’re a USC fraternity pledge, and a funny one if you’re Timmy Chalamet, who looks perilously close to wearing the ultimate in tongue-in-cheek attire: Guy Fieri’s infamous flame shirt.
Elsewhere, Chalamet looks more like a Gallatin student on a hangover bagel run. He tends to wear skinny sweatpants and what I would call weird sneakers, ersatz versions of classic models, like these high-top Tretorn sneakers. He also loves roomy hoodies and is often depicted wearing transitional lightweight outerwear like windbreakers, fleeces, and nylon shells. His graphic t-shirt collection rivals that of any high school student in the greater New York metropolitan area. There’s nothing wrong with Chalamet’s seizures, to be clear. As most of us have been reminded during the pandemic, normal clothes are fine. His style is not basic, or even worse, it is rather haphazard. Call it Timmy’s post-swag era.
This puts it in a class of its own. Most of the hot young celebrities tend to embrace the fashion glimmers as soon as the paparazzi start following their every move. When Jacob Elordi appeared on Euphoria, his Aussie surfer wardrobe was completely celined overnight. Ashton Sanders, perhaps one of the few young actors more fashion-obsessed than Chalamet, has one of the wackiest and most quirky personal styles, not just in Hollywood, but anywhere.
It’s not as if Chalamet didn’t know exactly what he was doing, style-wise: remember, he was the guy who, as soon as he could have been dressed by any luxury house in the planet, became a sidekick to unsung menswear romantic Haider Ackermann (who calls Timmy his “little brother”). Who developed a friendship with Abloh and wore some of his boldest early designs for Louis Vuitton’s men’s backs as the establishment still didn’t know what to make of the late designer’s early collections for the house. Who did all this, proudly, without having a stylist. Chalamet has proven himself to have a keen eye for visual messaging. So what about his post-swag era?
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