Mahershala Ali's Oscars Fit Is His Best Red-Carpet Look of All Time

The Best Supporting Actor nominee blended old-school style with just the right amount of rebellion.

BY JONATHAN EVANS | Feb 25, 2019 | Fashion


Mahershala Ali is an indisputably stylish guy. And he's no stranger to the red carpet, especially this awards season, during which he's had more than a few occasions to show up and dress to the nines in support of Green Book. The movie and its narrative have sparked their fair share of controversy, but that's not what I'm here to talk about—not least of all because I haven't even seen it.

Instead, I'm here to talk about Mahershala Ali's beanie at the 2019 Oscars.

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Here's the thing: It's not exactly a beanie, at least in the traditional sense. If you look closely, you can see that the structure and fabrication are a little different than those of the knit caps you or I would pull over our domes on a chilly day. Nope, this is something a little more special. In fact, it's a hand-blocked, rabbit-fur felt hat (called the Sharina, which retails for $350) from milliner Gigi Burris, which you can get for yourself right here.

So, it's not a beanie. But, it's kinda still a beanie—and a damn good one. Which is why it's so cool.

Ali has done everything from mustard-yellow suits to badass patterned shirts in the past; he knows how to shake things up when it comes to formalwear. But this move takes his everyday, easygoing vibe and grafts it onto the red carpet. He looks unbelievably cool, and, crucially, just like himself. And when you take it from the top down, he doesn't lose steam.

Ali with Amatus Sami-Karim on the red carpet.
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There are the wire-frame aviators, of course, which feel just right for both the moment and the man. And then there's the actual tailoring, courtesy of Ermenegildo Zegna XXX: a brocade dinner jacket, a matching vest, a band-collar shirt, and tuxedo trousers. Finish it all off with a pair of lace-ups replete with a patent cap-toe, and you've got a look that blends old-school sophistication with modern-day rebellion.

It's cool as hell, it's arresting without being obvious—and it just might be Mahershala's best red-carpet look ever.

From: Esquire US