This Is the Story Behind Common's Cary Grant-Inspired Look


Common arrives on the 2016 Oscars red carpet. 

Micaela Erlanger opens up about his white tux and that fancy brooch.

The white dinner jacket and tuxedo has been a red-carpet favorite this season (especially at the Grammy awards, with Justin Bieber and Big Sean rocking the look, and tonight with host Chris Rock wearing a Burberry shawl-collar version).

Music artist Common also sported one tonight, wearing a sleek, white Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo with a black bow tie. “When you are dressing for the Academy Awards, the most glamorous night in film, you better bring your game,” says Micaela Erlanger, the star’s longtime stylist. “There was something very Carey Grant about the all-white look.”

Erlanger accented Common’s tux with studs, cufflinks and a watch, plus a diamond lapel pin, all from Fred Leighton. “I love a jabot or brooch on a man, there's something so elegant. And men’s jewelry — when done correctly — can really accent a look,” she says.

The pin, a platinum and diamond version with a cluster of three stars, is a vintage collector’s item from the Art Deco era, designed by Suzanne Belperron. “I love the whimsy of it,” Erlanger says. “It has history and tells a story.” It also isn’t the first time the rapper has worn men’s jewelry: He wore a similar antique pin at last year’s awards. 

To finish the luxe ensemble, Erlanger added a pair of insouciant black velvet slippers by Paul Andrew. “Paul’s designs have been a favorite of mine for female clients, and now he’s going to be a favorite for my men,” she says of the designer, who just introduced men’s footwear at New York Fashion Week: Men’s earlier this month. “The velvet loafer was perfect for the look.”