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The stylist draws inspiration from his clients and the roles they're promoting. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Sam Rockwell, 49, had an awards season wardrobe built around his "Tony Manero, Saturday Night Fever" vibe. "Sam has some slick moves, and his suiting reflected that," says Fisher. For Stronger's Jake Gyllenhaal, 37, it was all about "very classic, strong leading-man looks," and for Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Adam Driver, 34, it was "all-black everything" as it only could be for the actor playing Kylo Ren.
Director Jordan Peele, 39, looked sharp throughout awards season in a range of tailored looks by Burberry, Paul Smith and Zegna Couture. Most notable was his classic white Calvin Klein tuxedo jacket with a Get Out-themed deer-antler lapel pin when he took home the best original screenplay statuette on Oscar night. Says Horan, "We used artwork based off the film to make gold antlers that were dripping red enamel blood."
When it comes to nailing men's style, Michael B. Jordan's guru has it down. Kim dressed the actor, 31, in a double-breasted Calvin Klein suit and gold-tipped shirt for the Black Panther premiere in L.A. Kim's inspiration? "We wanted to bring in subtle elements of his character, the golden jaguar suit."
Jumanji actor Kevin Hart, 38, called on his stylist of 10 years for the $928.9 million film's press bonanza. For the Hollywood premiere, "we paired Kevin's Neil Barrett suit with a boot rather than a dress shoe, and that was something different for him," says North. Adds Hart: "Ashley definitely raised my fashion game. I'm a tailored man because of her."
"I saw a jade velvet tuxedo jacket and loved it," says Tan, describing the inspiration for his longtime client Ansel Elgort's Oscars look. "Before I even said a word, Tom Ford suggested the same color — talk about destiny," adds the New York stylist, who also chose a Tom Ford charcoal turtleneck and pinstripe suit for the 24-year-old actor's Baby Driver premiere. "Keep in mind it was June, and Los Angeles weather doesn't call for turtlenecks, but I thought it could be a strong alternative to a classic shirt and tie," says Tan. "I'd like to think Ansel, Tom Ford and I made that fashionable again."
The L.A.-based stylist had a jam-packed schedule with Chadwick Boseman's worldwide Black Panther blitz. Their hero look? The actor, 40, stood out in an embroidered Dzojchen kimono suit at the film's South Korea premiere in Seoul. "It's like, 'Go big or go home.' Chadwick's willing to make a statement, and I like that," says Weston. Boseman tells THR, "Working with Ashley means I don't have to think about it, and that's the whole point."
"I reference Sean Connery as James Bond for proper fit and tailoring," says Yang, who keeps Alexander Skarsgard, 41; Jamie Dornan, 35; and Kumail Nanjiani, 40, dashing. Adds the veteran stylist, "I always have handkerchiefs in my kit — they add the exclamation point to a tuxedo."
This story first appeared in the March 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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