The 2021 awards season, with its in-person and virtual ceremonies, was a confusing one to dress. After all, the look has to translate within a tiny Zoom box in some cases. But one actor who’s managed to shine through it all is Leslie Odom Jr., a breakout red carpet mack daddy. Working with stylist Avo Yermagyan, the star—who has been nominated this season for his role in Regina King’s One Night in Miami—has brought vibrant style to the mix and stood out with his flavor for color, modern silhouettes, and fresh-off-the-runway pieces.
Yermagyan began working with Odom Jr. back at the 2018 Tony Awards, when he dressed him in a classic, black pinstriped suit. A standard choice for a leading man, but a far cry from, say, the ombré Berluti suit he wore for this year’s SAG awards. “My challenge has been to tailor his overall look—not only to what he is currently promoting, as either the actor or musician, but also by dressing him with the full career trajectory ahead in mind,” says Yermagyan. “What I admire most about Leslie’s approach to fashion is that he is a risk taker. He is curious, trusts my vision, and fully commits.”
This year was the first time either Odom Jr. or Yermagyan have done the full awards show marathon, so it proved to be a learning process for the both of them. “We wanted to make a statement with each look,” Yermagyan says. “To show that this is just the beginning for him, and give the world a taste of the multifaceted artist that he is.” In other words, no neutral suits. Yermagyan’s personal favorite was the two Versace suits—both in bright colors—that he styled Odom Jr. in at the BAFTAs. “I wanted to play with prints and patterns and colors and mix them up,” says Yermagyan. “The Versace looks caught my eye on the runway because it broke out of the norm of tonal dressing, which has become the new go-to in men’s styling.”
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