Cody Fern’s “Apocalypse” of the Men’s Suit on The Red Carpet
Men’s red carpet fashion just got interesting, and we can thank Australian actor Cody Fern. Since he made his first American acting debut on American Crime Story: The Assasination of Gianni Versace and his first lead acting role in American Horror Story: Apocalypse later that year, he has been victoriously turning himself into a Hollywood star on television and on the red carpet. From mesh to Mason Margiela to the red smokey eye, Cody Fern is putting an end to what he called “boring” men’s suits while turning fashion into art on the red carpet.
In an interview last March, Fern talked about his thinking before he made an appearance-to-remember at the 2019 Golden Globes wearing a sleek style designed by Maison Margiela. Fern openly revealed that he is fed up with seeing men on the red carpet wearing “the same thing that his mother dressed him in [at] his ‘year twelve’ formal” (Fern), so he wanted to wear something more glamorous than a plain old suit. Instead, Fern wore a black collared mesh button-down shirt with black dress pants and, Fern’s favorite staple, tabby boots. However, this is not the only time we get to see the man in mesh on the red carpet. Fern showed even more skin at the premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse – similar to his previous Maison Margiela look, his signature black tabby boots, black dress pants, and a black mesh shirt. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a style more unique and meaningful in fashion. Fern’s goal on the Apocalypse red carpet was to pay tribute to his character on the show, Michael Langdon, that the actor held very close to his heart. Instead of wearing a black blazer as a jacket, he wore it almost like a cape similar to his character on the show to make it a bit seductive, and he wore the exact rings that he wore while filming Apocalypse.
Fern’s artistic visions had a lot to do with the appearance of his character on Apocalypse. We first see his character, Michael, wearing red eyeshadow that is blended not on just his eyelids, but all the way around both of his eyes. After the show premiered, this eyelid experiment inspired fans around the world to try out new makeup styles using bright colors and exceptional blending styles. This avant-garde touch of femininity to the character was Fern’s idea, and it ended up carrying into some of his red carpet looks following his appearance on the show.
Fern shocked the media with his exotic look at the MET Gala after-party. He wore another Maison Margiela design, but this time with a red and pink tinted smokey eye to complete the entrancing aesthetic. By adding this illuminating eyeshadow, the bright colors and designs in the jacket and pants were emphasized, giving his look more of a retro vibe. This brings out some of the bold colors and retro aesthetic of fashion of the1980’s as well as silhouettes of the 1990’s, which are both trends that are slowly coming back in style this year. The design was first seen on the runway at Maison Margiela’s Spring 2019 show, but Fern definitely makes it look like more of a striking artform than just a jacket with a karate belt. Styles like this lead to everyone’s own interpretation of it, and adds more excitement and anticipation to the red carpet than a black and white suit. This is something that we have all been craving in men’s fashion, and Cody Fern is giving us nothing but captivation.
The media really became interested in the name Cody Fern when he showed up to the MET Gala 2019, and we sure did fall head-over-heels for blue cowboy boots (when did we ever think we would say this?). This Maison Margiela Spring 2019 design radiates nothing more than “camp” which, ironically, was the theme this year at the MET Gala. Each small component to this look makes a dauntless statement to the design and turns it into a beautiful illusion. From a somewhat magnetic hairstyle that makes us do a double-take to an unusual blue mesh tube scarf, we would like to thank Cody Fern for contributing a concept of art to admire on the red carpet yet again.
When Fern walks on the red carpet wearing styles like this, people can’t help but admire Fern’s look. It almost makes us wonder “what is it?” and “why?” because we have never seen anything like it, but we do not seek to know exactly why. We as admirers are not meant to know the true meaning behind a piece of art, which is a postulation that needs to be brought into the notion of men’s fashion. Art is solely meant for the interpretation in the eyes of the beholder, and Cody Fern is giving us nothing but his own glamorous and thought-provoking artistic visions in his styles on the red carpet.