2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet

Awards season is upon us again and the premiere ceremony, the Golden Globes, suggests that conservative interpretations of black tie will dominate the red carpet once more this year.  (Hallelujah.)

Among tuxedos, there was an overwhelming preference for the slightly modern two-button jacket.  Lapels seemed to be split between the similarly modern notch or the more traditional peak.  Shawl collars were few and far between.

Shirts were also divided between classic and contemporary as the millennial fly front continued to gain ground on the traditional studded front.  Their collars were almost all turndown style and the bow tie was the star neckwear consigning the trendy four-in-hand to a mere supporting role.

Unfortunately the recent predilection for uncovered waists remained in full force as evidenced by the multitude of exposed white navels disrupting the intended verticality of the accompanying suit.

This being Hollywood there is always the woefully misguided “creative” contingent in attendance but this ragtag collection of undertakers and waiters were notable mostly for the fact that they were very much in the minority.

Bradley Cooper’s 2-button Tom Ford tuxedo with bow tie and turndown collar typified the look of the 2012 Golden Globes red carpet. (JustJared.com)

Brad Pitt (in Tom Ford) and Gerard Butler (in Salvatore Ferragamo) were two of the few men who understood the importance of a waist covering. (Zimbio.com)

Leonardo DiCaprio (in Giorgio Armani) demonstrates a more unorthodox method for covering the waist: fastening the jacket’s bottom button. (Zimbio.com)

Jean Dujardin (in French designer Lanvin) wears a one-button peak lapel, fitting for the star of a film set in the dinner suit’s heyday. (Zimbio.com)

Ryan Kwanten (in Hugo Boss) is due to be inducted in the Black Tie Guide hall of fame. A great example of adding a touch of flair without compromising the tuxedo’s integrity.

I’m a sucker for velvet bow ties. This one is worn by Judd Apatow who unfortuntely offsets the natty touch with the sloppy look of an undone jacket. (Zimbio.com)

George Clooney’s grey Armani may match his hair but also serves to wash out his face and is devoid of the dramatic contrast of the ebony suits that surround him. It is also too big for him. (Zimbio.com)

This is why you wear a waist covering. (Zimbio.com)

Compare these photos to the ones of Pitt and Butler above to see how much tidier a closed jacket looks, even when wearing a waistcoat. Mr. Pitt also demonstrates why trousers should be up at the waist instead of down around the ankles and Mr. Butler reminds us to always keep our hands out of our pockets when being photographed in a suit. (Note that Pitt’s cane is an aid for a knee inury, not a fashion accessory.) (Zimbio.com)

Keith Urban and Owen Wilson represent the ceremony’s wait staff. (Zimbio.com)

“Glee”‘s Mark Salling is the exception to the waiter rule, using the long tie to harmonize with his mohawk haircut and adding a tie clip to emphasize that the outfit is an alternative to black tie, not a reinvention of it. (Zimbio.com)


I would have liked to have posted this much closer to the actual broadcast but sometimes my day job has a habit of interfering with my hobbies (especially periods when I’m working seven days a week).  However, my red-carpet reviews are more about timeless lessons than fleeting fashions so the post will remain relevant long after the broadcast.


  1. jhughen

    Great collection of formal wear, and a great write up as well. Thanks for pointing out the nuances of properly worn tuxedos!

  2. ShortMeggy

    Hi There Theblacktieblog,
    Thanks for your thoughts, its the commercial for the “live from the red carpet golden globe awards”
    Good Job!


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