Designers often say there is no pleasure quite like seeing people wearing their clothes. So there must be nothing that lights up designers’ eyes like a kid on Christmas morn quite like seeing their pieces on Timothée Chalamet. The actor appeared on a red carpet for his new film The King wearing a sequined hoodie sparkling like a starry night (Vincent Van who??). People wanted, nay, demanded to know who was behind the hoodie; later in the day, Louis Vuitton’s men’s designer Abloh took credit for it on Instagram. The hoodie isn’t the result of the simple designer-famous person relationship but the product of a friendship and partnership blossoming into full-bloom at exactly the right time.
“Texts with [Chalamet] about red carpet looks turn into rare 𝓛𝓸𝓾𝓲𝓼 𝓥𝓾𝓲𝓽𝓽𝓸𝓷 hoodies from the men’s atelier quick,” the designer incanted on Instagram, Because when Chalamet sends a WhatsApp message, you pick up the phone—quick. There is a budding red-carpet bromance between Chalamet and Abloh, who you’ll remember dressed the former for the Golden Globes in a different sequined piece, the harness that made the whole world wonder, “What’s a mid-layer garment?”
Abloh isn’t the only designer with Chalamet on speed dial. Earlier this summer, Chalamet wore two Haider Ackermann suits—a beige Mandarin-collar jacket, then later a dreamy silk suit with a cummerbund to match—on the same day, prompting my colleague Rachel Tashijan to call their relationship the “beautiful fashion love story of our time.” And that was just one perfect summer day—the two have partnered on red carpet suiting ever since the designer was with Berluti and Chalamet was still promoting Call Me By Your Name in early 2018. The designer affectionately refers to Chalamet as “beloved TIMO BRO.”
When Chalamet isn’t getting designer’s to create custom creations, he pulls straight from the runway. Just earlier this week, the actor wore a highlighter-yellow mock-neck and a sharp peak-lapel suit from the latest, won’t-be-in-stores-for-months spring/summer 2020 Givenchy show.
And while she hasn’t showed up arm in arm with Chalamet to a premiere or called him a beloved bro on Instagram, few designers have crafted our image of red-carpet Chalamet quite like Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton. Chalamet’s worn a triumvirate of McQueen suits over the past year: black—with a black V-neck tee underneath!—embellished with great big yawning flowers; light blue with a branch covered in flowers and birds stretched across it (and Chalamet with a fuzzy mustache); glossy black with colorful impressionistic strokes painted on it.
What seems to have turned Chalamet into a one-man runway, beyond the cheekbones that can draw blood and immense star power, is his ability to wear clothes. He looks just as comfortable and stylish in a silk suit as he does wearing a chest rig or sequined hoodie. He has a nose for that sweet spot between stodgy and gimmicky. When he sticks with a suit, as he often does, they come in silk, like Ackermann’s, or gilded with patterns, like Burton’s.
So it’s no wonder designers go out of their way to dress Chalamet—or to make custom pieces expressly for him. The best news of all? Awards season hasn’t even started.
Originally Appeared on GQ