Before I begin, I feel I should make one thing clear: Eddie Redmayne has always been very stylish. Yet, while the actor has always known his way around a slick awards ceremony tuxedo or a breezy double-breasted linen suit, since stepping out in support of his latest project—the Netflix crime drama The Good Nurse co-starring Jessica Chastain*—*Redmayne has been adding a handful of new twists to his sartorial repertoire. At 40, it would be understandable if Redmayne wanted to offset his still-boyish handsomeness with something more serious or stuffy—but instead, it seems he’s feeling more playful than ever.
Enlisting the help of Harry Lambert—the stylist most famous for his work with Harry Styles, but whose eclectic, offbeat tastes have seen him deliver showstopping red carpet moments for the likes of Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor too—Redmayne has stepped things up a notch. Our first clue that Redmayne was exploring new territory came when he attended the New York premiere of the show wearing a deconstructed Maison Margiela Couture suit featuring raw hems, exposed stitches, and deliberately detached panels to appear as a Savile Row classic turned inside out. As far as red carpet men’s dressing goes—especially for a star like Redmayne, whose previous appearances at the biggest awards ceremonies have seen him typically opt for a more conventional black tie route—it was a statement as fashion-forward as it was, well, fun.