Who Owned the Red Carpet at the Oliver Awards 2018?

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Sadly, I couldn't make this year’s Olivier Awards ceremony, which saw the best actors, theatre luminaries and fashion supremos alike grace it's red carpet. Ironically it clashed with the Olivier Giroud awards that was hosted around the corner, a sort Razzy to the Oscars if you will. 

Nevertheless, my news reel was submerged with updates from the red carpet. The erudite Grey Fox Blog looking suitably well-heeled in toe with the reptilian Nick Carvell. The impeccable maverick Joshua Kane and his counterpart Oliver Proudlock were also on hand to inject a kick of ritzy-glamour wearing of course, Joshua Kane. Oliver Proudlock (below-left) is wearing the brands 'Classic Collection' whilst expertly demonstrating the contrast in tailoring available at Joshua Kane Bespoke, Joshua Kane himself (below-right) is wearing a dinner jacket suit from the 'Fantasy Collection'.

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Chester Barrie is, for the seventh year in succession, the menswear sponsor of The Olivier Awards and the brand was worn by many of the nominees and presenters at yesterday’s ceremony. At the heart of the collection is the classic black Chester Barrie dinner suit, fashioned with peak lapels and jetted pockets.

Here's a quick rundown of the runners and riders. 

Adam J Bernard


Adam from the Dreamgirls production currently playing at The Savoy theatre, is rocking the Chester Barrie velvet jacket which featured as part of Autumn Winter 17 which sadly isn't on sale anymore. Talk about rule of thumb though. Look at how the jacket lands perfectly between the knuckles of Adam's right hand thumb. Great length, nice exaggerated width on the shawl lapel, very ostentatious and why not. 

Joe Mcelderry


Yes, Joe! That's how you rock a gauntlet cuff my friend. A slightly longer jacket length and a single button stance. Notice the colour pairing of Joe's brown eyes are almost identical to that brown/hickory colour of his jetted pocket trim, lapel, bow tie and cuff. 

Jamie Lambert

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A crisp delivery from singer/presenter Jamie Lambert. Jamie is insouciantly donning this double breasted Black Watch Tartan jacket fresh from this seasons black tie Chester Barrie catalogue. The contrast navy peak lapels bring out his baby blues, paired equably with his bowtie and knotted cufflinks. 

Jason Donavon


He's matured like a fine Australian Shiraz. Jason Donavon in the shawl lapel dinner jacket from Chester Barrie above. Below is the peak lapel version sported by Michael Sheen. I normally like to go with the home team on this, but I think Jason has edged this one don't you think? 

Michael Sheen

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Do you have a favourite from the Chester Barrie Black Tie collection? Did you go to the Olivier awards? You do know I'm joking about the Olivier Giroud awards right? There's no such thing. (But there should be). Leave your thoughts in the comment box below. 


The Menswear Showstoppers for OSCARS 2018

The 90th Anniversary ceremony saw a return to colour on the red carpet as opposed to the all-black funeral procession that turned up to the red carpet at the Golden Globes months earlier.

Leading the pack was Armie Hammer, famous for his portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in the biographical drama film The Social Network. Rocking an all red velvet Armani double covered button single breasted tuxedo. No flamboyant accoutrements, two straight jetted skirt pockets with medium width notch lapels. A narrow leg (perhaps a shade too narrow around the calves if I’m being picky) but a good length. Love the pleated shirt.

We did warn you about Timothee Chalamet back at the Brits Red Carpet article. Here he is reunited with his Interstellar co-star Matthew McConaughey wearing an all-white on the night single button, single breasted tuxedo. Notice the single button under the shawl lapel is met with another button on the opposite side of the fasten to increase the symmetry.

His flat fronted, low rise trousers has a narrow leg with no break which draws your eye to his black patent leather Chelsea boots. Timothee can pull off this look brilliantly because he’s young, unabashed and has contrasting long dark hair. 

Adam Rippon: Oh look at me. Haha only kidding. I don’t know what to make of this, actually I do, I hate it! I think I appreciate the bravado and the audacity, more than the outfit itself. The Moschino suit included feature shoulder cutouts and leather detailing holding the sleeves together. Was there anything wrong with shoulders on a jacket? Did I miss a meeting?

Ansel Elgort looked dynamite in this green velvet dinner jacket. Deep shawl lapel with satin facing and matching gauntlet cuffs. No need to go balls out with matching trousers and has wisely opted for flat fronted with a modicum of break. Nice to see a little fabric on the trouser on a youngster, far too many narrow and skinny on the carpet this year for my liking. His missus Violetta Komyshan opting not to rock a bra did not go unnoticed by this particular fashion blogger.

I know everyone is talking about Chadwick Boseman’s all black number, and rightly so. But if you really want to stand out on the red carpet, why not go 6x6 double breasted. Expertly done, executed brilliantly with just the right sleeve length to allow for a little shirt to come through on the cuff. Nicely done Mr Holland.