For the men of Hollywood, the red carpet has long been synonymous with elegant tailoring, shiny dress shoes, and the occasional adventurous accessory. The 2019 Golden Globes delivered on all of that—and then Timothée Chalamet took things to the next level. The skyrocketing 23-year-old actor stole the menswear show by a mile, dressing in custom Louis Vuitton—designed, of course, by the house's new menswear designer Virgil Abloh. The star of Chalamet’s outfit wasn't his pants, shirt, or even shoes, though—it was the glittering, bedazzled harness that he wore on top of everything.
As it does with any attention-grabbing red carpet look, Twitter parsed and joked and tweaked what Chalamet was wearing. Was it a vest or a harness or something in between? (It was turned into memes either way.) New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman confirmed the Italian house’s official terminology for the garment: “a beaded bib.” (Abloh himself called it a “mid-layer garment” on his personal Instagram.) Whatever you want to call it, one thing was clear: it made waves with fashion and movie buffs alike. And rightfully so! A deconstructed harness isn’t something that you commonly see world-famous actors wearing on the red carpet.
But anyone with an eye on the world of streetwear will have found the shimmering silhouette surprisingly familiar. For the past 18 months, the cross-body bag has become the signature accessory of fashion-forward dudes across the globe. Wearing these hyper-functional bags then gave way to donning military-inspired harnesses—chief among them the “chest rig” bag from Matthew Williams's Alyx label.
Abloh knows all this; these are his peers, and streetwear is his world, after all. He also knows that he's making his mark on tailored menswear during one of the most adventurous moments in modern men’s fashion. There is perhaps no better time for a bonafide star like Chalamet to wear something this daring and avante-garde on the red carpet. It’s also worth noting that Chalamet seemed to be delighted by his own outfit—he's as much a fan of the clothing as Abloh’s own diehards. The actor has shown a genuine appreciation for cult menswear in the past—Haider Ackermann, Raf Simons—and for Chalamet to enlist Abloh for a big night like this one is no accidental pairing.
Last summer, at Paris Fashion Week, it became clear that Williams and Alyx, alongside Kim Jones at Dior and Abloh at Vuitton, are all plotting the future of menswear. There was never any doubt whether or not the streetwear-obsessed Instagrammers and industry cool dudes would flock to this new wave of streetwear-meets-luxury-house clothes. But this feels much bigger than that. To see such a familiar streetwear silhouette be given the bespoke Louis Vuitton treatment—on a once-in-a-generation movie star, no less—is the clearest sign yet that the future is already here.