T he rest of the world may be struggling to dress for the transitional season, often characterized by unpredictable weather, but celebrities refuse to let that restrict them from looking fashionably sumptuous. Last week, between the Academy Awards, movie premieres, and sports games, Black men opted for uber-stylish options that caused a stir while still maintaining relaxed elegance. In addition, several of them retained layered ensembles, which makes sense — nothing will garner more attention than rightly layered outfits — and the trend dominated globally. Black men outerwear.
For his performance at Coko Festival, Manchester’s largest Afrofusion festival, singer Adekunle Gold offered a thrill with his stage ensemble. The music icon brought drama to the festival stage in a blue and black Pan Heyun jacket worn over a mesh vest by Mershka and a pair of black pants by Berthold. Having mastered the art of dramatic fashion thanks to his stylist, Ramario Chevoy, he knew how to make this fit resonate on and off the stage. To give the outfit an extra oomph, he finished it off with a pair of black Kurt Geiger boots which ensured he certainly was the star of the show.
Still, the most swoon-worthy surprise of the week came thanks to actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who embraced Bottega Veneta’s tailoring at the London premiere of his movie, Ambulance. Yahya was at his confident best in Bottega Veneta’s new shimmering shirt jacket, matching pants, a purple turtleneck sweater, and black clog-style shoes. A truly modern leading man on- and off-screen, he may inspire his contemporaries to more and more glitter.
This week saw some of the most compelling outerwear worn by Black men globally. Thanks to their various influences, great taste in designer outfits, and expert tailoring, many of the moment’s best looks could be confused to be straight out of a fashion magazine.
Check out the best fashion statements from last week’s best dressed Black men…
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