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Why Timothée Chalamet Is the Most Influential Man in Fashion

December 7, 20195 min read

Timothée Chalamet strikes again. Not with his compelling acting. Not with a new haircut. According to Lyst’s Year in Fashion, Chalamet is the most influential man in fashion. For those following Chalamet’s movements through Hollywood and not only, this is, perhaps, of no surprise — he has been serving look after look on the red carpet. However, it is not only in terms of aesthetics that his success in fashion industry is defined by.

The star of Call Me By Your Name and Netflix’s The King has not only been conquering fans’ hearts, but also the world of fashion. With more and more rankings being released summing up the fashion icons of 2019, Chalamet has been climbing closer and closer to the peak. Undoubtedly, the actor’s creative stance towards menswear is being noticed both by followers and critics. According to GQ, Chalamet peaks the 50 best-dressed men of 2020.

The year of taking risks on the red carpet has certainly paid off. Chalamet has been choosing his outfits himself, without the help of a stylist; collaborating with a wide range of luxury brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Haider Ackermann and Alexander McQueen. From the all-blue combination at the premiere of The King in Sydney to the silver suit at the 76th Venice Film Festival, Chalamet has been conquering the red carpets of the world with his fashion choices.

The year began with a black, custom-tailored suit by Virgil Abloh that was adorned with a sequined harness. It is no myth that Chalamet’s close relationship with numerous designers has lead to him donning an outfit in just a matter of a few texts. Haider Ackermann calls him “TIMO BRO” on social media, posting the actor in the numerous outfits of the eponymous brand. No stylist is no problem — in fact, it is probably what brought Chalamet the title of the most influential and the best-dressed man in fashion.

Originality on the red carpet is something that requires one to go further than the all-black or navy suit, especially in menswear. Chalamet’s bold and at times, even androgynous, choices definitely made him one to stand out. With some experiments proving to be more successful than others, Chalamet proved that being the master of one’s own wardrobe can sometimes lead to positive outcomes overall, especially when one is ready to step out of their comfort zone.

However, it is not only his looks that lead him to be the most influential man in fashion. Lyst reports that following his walk down the 76th Venice Film Festival red carpet, in the silver suit by Haider Ackermann, searches for the brand spiked by 806%. After wearing a sequined hoodie to The King premier, searches for Louis Vuitton increased by 192%. Not even Meggan Markle can compete with such an influence that Chalamet has amassed.

In an interview with Time Out, Chalamet states: “I hear about celebrities who have stylists, and that blows my mind. It’s certainly not why I act, but I can wear cool clothes from some of the nicest designers in the world. So why am I going to pay someone to figure out what I should be wearing? That’s the fun part.” Chalamet’s success in the fashion field shows how one’s desire to experiment and take risks can lead to great outcomes.

After all, taking risks and being unflinching in his acting is something that almost won him an Oscar for Call Me By Your Name. 

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Aly Balakareva

Born in 2003, in Sochi, Russia, I have always had a passion for storytelling. For the past ten years, I've been living in and exploring Cyprus. Currently, I write and edit for Affinity Magazine Arts + Culture section, and in my free time, enjoy watching films and listening to music.