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While last nights Oscar awards ceremony would normally warrant a lengthy post detailing and derailing our favorite leading men's wardrobe choices for the evening, a black tie affair tends to run a rather monotone note when it comes to style and we largely saw what we usually see at these things: Brad Pitt in a classic tux that makes him look a little chunky; Dev Patel in a slim fit tux that makes us jealous of his figure; and Mickey Rourke looking like a washed up lounge singer. (But our condolences to you Mickey for the lost of your dog, Loki, for whom we heard you already had a tux made. Tear!)
Among all that was to be expected, we were, however, taken with one red carpeter: Robert Downey Jr. Since his smug but sexy role in Iron Man, Downy Jr. has show noticeable attention to his appearance (did you see his abs in that Sherlock Holmes still?
), and last night he looked h-a-w-t. There seems to be this really great hair trend among celebrity men where they keep it short on the sides but lengthy on top, free to be flowingly swept back in Lancelotean mimicry, and, on Downey Jr., we're loving it. It's a more formal-ish 'do that you usually find on pretty boys and/or Italians, but for someone with such rugged looks, it's an effective juxtaposition.
The same goes for his sheeny suit, which adds another touch of contemporary class, and though we sometimes shake our fingers at an oversize tie, Downey Jr.'s sizable knot works because he has an equally dramatic dimple running down the middle to balance everything out. When Sherlock Holmes is looking this good, we'll take a pat down -- hell, a full body search -- any day.
-- SETH PLATTNER