What’s with All of the Red Carpet Harnesses?

What began as a bold fashion statement has evolved into the trend we least expected. At last year’s Oscars, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon donned a leather Moschino harness under his tuxedo. At that time, it was seen as edgy, unexpected, and pretty damn unlikely to ever become a full-fledged movement.

But then, Louis Vuitton menswear director Virgil Abloh made harnesses one of the defining elements of his Spring 2019 show — and celebs took notice. At January’s Golden Globes, Timothée Chalamet arrived in a beaded black cutaway vest (Abloh’s preferred term is “bib”), only to be one-upped a few weeks later by Michael B. Jordan in a floral-patterned version — which he, somewhat bizarrely, sported on top of his suit — at the SAG Awards.

Unless you met your date on a fetish app, we still don’t necessarily advise wearing one out to dinner, but we do support the experimental spirit sweeping the menswear scene right now.