While the velvet suit has always evoked a distinctive quality of cool, it’s safe to say that the perennial style staple has never been the same since Tom Ford’s inimitable tenure as creative director at Italian fashion house Gucci. More specifically, the crimson velvet suit from the designer’s Fall/Winter 1996 collection famously worn by Gwyneth Paltrow at the MTV Video Music Awards caused the notorious ensemble to go down in fashion history. While the luxuriously fabricated suit has always been a festive formal go-to in menswear, Ford’s unique reimagining of the classic cut gave the velvet pantsuit a modern femininity it would never lose. The fashion community collectively lost their minds when Ford remade the look for his Fall/Winter 2019 collection, and when the iconic look was revisited at Alessandro Michele’s Gucci Love Parade event earlier this month.
Sumptuous velvet suits have been seen everywhere recently, scattering the red carpets of the 2021 Soul Train Awards, the American Music Awards, and of course across premieres for the highly anticipated film, House of Gucci.
Anderson Paak and Bruno Mars in Gucci
With Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars making their AMAs debut as Silk Sonic, the duo opened the show in matching bright ruby-toned velvet Gucci three-piece suits, taking a page from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book. The two put a retro rockstar spin on the ensembles, with statement sunnies and revealing some chest with their opened button-downs.
Sandra Bullock in Temperley London
After more than a year out of the spotlight, Sandra Bullock appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote her forthcoming Netflix film The Unforgivable. Donning Temperley London’s “Clove Velvet” jacket and wide-legged trousers, the Oscar winner’s monochrome pantsuit could not have been anymore perfect for the season with its rich autumnal plum hue. Channeling the “Purple Rain” singer, as Bullock sat down with the talk show host, she declared, “I look like Prince. And I’m okay with that.”
Halle Berry in Veronica Beard
While promoting the release of her film Bruised, Halle Berry has suited up for the occasion. Rocking a plethora of pantsuits throughout her press tour, the actor donned two rich, floral velvet variations in the past few days. With the film marking Berry’s directorial debut, she also portrays the protagonist of the story, a former MMA fighter who decides to get back in the saddle after a years-long break following a disastrous defeat. With a plunging intersecting lace-up top beneath her Veronica Beard velvet suit, the look in question truly exemplifies the character’s power and edge whilst remaining innately feminine.
Halle Berry in Alex Perry
Styled by Lindsay Flores, Berry stepped out in another multi-colored floral velvet pantsuit, this time by Alex Perry. Donning a black Fleur du Mal sheer corset bustier beneath her blazer, her boot-cut slacks highlighted her black platform peep-toe heels as she stepped out of Live with Kelly and Ryan in New York City.
Taylor Swift in Etro
During Taylor Swift’s recent re-release of her 2012 album Red, the pop star attended the New York City premiere for her self-directed feature All Too Well: The Short Film starring Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brian, and Swift herself. Donning a deep eggplant, double breasted velvet suit by Etro, the singer-songwriter took a chic, tailored route to the evening’s ensemble. With the blazer’s contrasting black satin peak lapels matching Swift’s black leather Alexandre Birman stiletto booties, the look came together topped with dainty Melinda Maria jewelry and Swift’s wispy updo, evoking an elegant and effortless aesthetic.
Andrew Garfield in Paul Smith
While promoting his new film Tick, Tick…Boom!, Andrew Garfield stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York City wearing a rich burnt orange velvet Paul Smith suit styled by Warren Alfie Baker. Opting for a navy sweater underneath his jacket, the actor donned black patent leather dress shoes and a Montblanc watch to finish off the look.
Tom Holland in Hugo Boss
Styled by his girlfriend Zendaya’s legendary stylist Law Roach, the Spider-Man star looked ridiculously dapper at the 2021 GQ Men of the Year party in LA. Sporting a rust colored velvet Hugo Boss suit with contrasting black peak lapels and a coordinating black bow-tie, Holland topped off his look with cool David Beckham shades, Cartier arm candy, and Dsquared2 boots.
Jared Leto in Gucci
Long-time brand ambassador and close friend of the fashion house, Jared Leto appropriately dressed in the designs of his pal, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. The multi-hyphenate performer donned two chic velvet suits to premieres for his upcoming film, House of Gucci. Opting for a teal stunner to the film’s UK event and a mustard ensemble in New York, Jared Leto never fails to turn our heads in Gucci.