Donald Glover's Sharp Red Carpet Style, From 'Atlanta' to 'Solo'

7:00 AM 8/18/2018

by Lindsay Weinberg

The multiple Emmy nominee keeps it cool and colorful: “We approach styling from the perspective of how a musician might approach different albums: go in phases and go with moods that you're in. So this has been the ‘70s album," says his stylist, Ilaria Urbinati.

Donald Glover
Donald Glover
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  • Grammy Awards

    Glover went colorful at the 
Emmys and Golden Globes, so stylist Ilaria Urbinati wanted to "keep people on their toes and do something different" for the Grammys on Jan. 28. She found the Ermenegildo Zegna tux and told the house to save it for her. "I said, 'I'm going to put it on 
somebody,'" she recalls. "When I found out Donald was going, I called him and said, 'I think 
I know what you're going to wear.'"

  • 'Black Panther' Premiere

    The star followed the Royal Attire theme of the Jan. 29 Black Panther Hollywood premiere with an orange appliqued suit and printed shirt from the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2018 runway. "It's a tough collection to pull off because of the color, but I was obsessed with it," says Urbinati. "I knew Donald could do it. He put it on, and he was like, 'This is it.' It's always like that with Donald."

  • 'Atlanta' Events

    For many media events for his nominated show Atlanta, the star and his wardrobe guru opted for trousers and open silky shirts (with chest hair on full display, Urbinati notes) over suits. "I'm really into the '70s right now, and Donald just pulls it off really well because it takes a lot of swagger, and he's got it in spades," says Urbinati. Above: Glover donned Band of Outsiders, Louboutin and Tiffany & Co. on Feb. 26.

  • Vanity Fair Oscar Party

    The actor, who is nominated 
for writing and directing on Atlanta as well, received the velvet logo 
Gucci tux jacket for a different fitting, but when Urbinati learned Glover would be going to the Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 4, it was the perfect choice. 
"At a glance, it just looks like a classic velvet tux," she says. "I like that 
with the flash, you catch a little bit of detail to make it interesting."

  • Met Gala

    "Everybody goes nuts at the Met 
Gala — I thought he was one of the best dressed people there," 
Urbinati says. Gucci dressed Glover (who also is nominated for guest actor for his appearance on Saturday Night Live) for the "Heavenly Bodies" ball on May 7, with Urbinati approving color swatches remotely. "I like that he had a cool ode to the theme with the embroidery 
on the back, but it was subtle and chill."

  • 'Solo' L.A. Premiere

    Glover stepped out on the Solo red carpet in a last-minute choice: 
a Ferragamo suit, Kenzo shirt and Bottega Veneta shoes. "That was a funny one because he actually had a custom suit made by another brand that he was supposed to wear, and it just didn't feel right 
to me. Last minute, I was like, 'Hang 
on, hang on, just throw this on for me.' It was perfect," says Urbinati of the May 10 look.

  • Cannes Film Festival

    "I just really wanted to do a 
'70s-style prom tux," Urbinati says of Glover's seaside style at the Cannes Film Festival, where Solo: A Star Wars Story screened on May 15. She sent reference photos to Gucci, and the house sent back sketches to bring her powder-blue vision to life. "It's really tricky to get the fit right on that bell bottom," says Urbinati. "I like to keep it current,
 so it doesn't look like a costume."

  • 'Solo' New York Premiere

    Urbinati eyed the Gucci logo sweater among pieces the 
Italian house custom-made for Glover. She paired it with a tobacco suit for the Solo New York premiere on May 21 to mix things up from a typical button-up shirt and tie. "We're big fans of Gucci, and they're big 
fans of Donald," she says. "There's a 
good creative effort there, so I like working with them as much as I can."

    This story first appeared in an August stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.