Following a storied streak that is at this point signature, Timothée Chalamet commands his fashion kingdom as he takes on the press tour of his next big hit, Netflix’s The King.
“Do you feel a sense of achievement?” a seemingly bare-faced Lily Rose Depp with a thick French accent asks Timothée Chalamet’s King Henry in the awning of the trailer for Netflix’s next hot ticket original, The King. Scored by an overlaying ominous sound, the Tudor monarch in this iteration, who sports a precocious yet anachronistic bowl cut whilst swathed in fur-lined threads replies in a modulated timbre: “In what regard,” before a mysterious exposition of his initial rise to the throne is essayed.
Clearly, there is an effort to portray this king in a different light—one that toes the line between diligent to the pages of history, but with enough creative liberties to draw in an audience wrapped up in the allure of Hollywood’s golden boy. While there is still much to see from the David Michôd film, which sees the young royal navigating politics, the war his father left behind, and the weight of monarchy weighing on his lithe frame, it is obvious how Timothée Chalamet’s penchant for irreverent fashion factors in his stepping into the role of Henry V, at least stylistically for good measure. It works well, especially with that much-talked about haircut and the young man’s signature brooding demeanor, which lends itself well to his sunken features as if lifted from the strokes of a Renaissance painting.
This predilection for fashion is further realized in the press tour of The King leading up to its digital streaming premiere on November 1, 2019. While our boy, Timothée Chalamet, is no stranger to fashion of the atypical sort, with the ascending royal of the silver screen preferring to tread the carpet-lined paths of many a film premiere, awards ceremony, and glitzy gala in designer threads sans the celebrity crutch of a stylist. A decision unusual for a Hollywood A-lister, it has nonetheless served him well, because by doing so, we not only got to him a little bit more personally, it has shaped him into a style star that is all of his own doing.
With a designer black book that has seen the names of Virgil Abloh, Alexander McQueen, Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane, and his close friend, Haider Ackermann, Timothée Chalamet is not afraid to have fun and take risks, all of which have had great pay-off. “I’m such a fan boy. [Being involved] with fashion has been really fun, just as a fan. I don’t want to work with a stylist or anything,” he relates to Frank Ocean in V Magazine. “I hear about celebrities who have stylists, and that blows my mind. It’s certainly not why I act, but I can wear cool clothes from some of the nicest designers in the world. [So why] am I going to pay someone to figure out what I should be wearing? That’s the fun part,” he furthers in a separate interview with Time Out.
Always hitting the right mark in fashion, he strikes even harder this time, with looks that are varied, daring, and chock full of personality that speaks volumes of the man he is. It is hard to single out a favorite, because Timothée Chalamet is completely on point. From the ivory Haider Ackermann suit he sported at The King’s premiere in Venice, which won religious pundits over with its double-looped cinched waist and bad-ass boots to another Ackermann original with a block of color peeking from the slate gray look, there is an air of grace to his choices, which is a wisdom that belies his age. But that isn’t to say that he only favors the typical, because Chalamet is consistent in denouncing the dogmas of menswear that has long indoctrinated our systems. Whether it be easing into it with a slice of highlighter neon against an all-black Givenchy ensemble, exploding into the red carpet like a galaxy of stars in a sequined hoodie by Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh that takes pride in a unique piece that took 30 hours to make with over 3000 Swarovski crystals and 15,000 sequins (to top it off, he paired the look with a bracelet that said: Treat people with kindness), or his most recent smattering of hand-dyed overalls, long-sleeved button-own, and white slip-on therapist boots, which he rocked straight from the runways of Sterling Ruby’s S.R. Studio LA. CA. collection in Florence, Timothée Chalamet is definitely the rightful heir to many stylish men that have come and made their mark on the red carpets of their time.
His exuberant energy with fashion heralds a dawn of a new age in menswear, where in an age of breaking borders and barriers, the young man has taken a big swing at the dictates of traditional style and even gender stereotypes by wearing what he wants, where he wants, and how he wants, which is the same mind set many men (and women) should be embodying. Sure, he has access to some of the greatest names in fashion, some perhaps even on his speed dial list, but even on your own accord, you can man up and fit into threads that make you you. In effect, that is what makes a great leader, when one is able to incite a surge of inspiration to go beyond what has been set before us, paving a path to a new world that is completely and unapologetically definitive of the times at hand. While many kings of the past have slipped and stumbled with the power at their helm, it sure looks like Timothée Chalamet is handling his reign very well, because by the looks of it, we will be seeing more of him in a signature style that is set by presets, by what he feels like expressing himself. That said, it is only right to bow down to Timothée Chalamet—all hail the king.
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Lily Rose-Depp with Robert Pattinson and Ben Mendelsohn, and written by David Michôd and Joel Edgerton, The King premieres worldwide on Netflix on November 1, 2019.