Red Carpet Style, J. Crew Spring Campaign – WWD

Leslie Odom Jr. was one of the biggest style stars during last year’s awards season with his array of colorful suits and his modern twist on traditional menswear. Now, the Tony Award-winning actor’s style has caught the eye of J. Crew, who have chosen Odom Jr. as their latest campaign star.

Odom Jr., best known for his role in Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’, appears in the fashion brand’s spring campaign, which celebrates the art of dressing and shows the actor wearing pieces like a blue suede jacket , striped shirts and loafers.

“J. Crew was probably the first high school and college brand that I saved my pennies for and tiptoed to achieve,” Odom Jr. said of the campaign. “As my wallet has grown a bit, coins aren’t as hard to reach for me anymore, but it still means quality to me. It represents classic silhouettes with a twist.

For the campaign, J. Crew was interested in seeing Odom Jr.’s extensive record collection, as the actor and musician regularly listens to music while dressed. It was also important for Odom Jr. because for him music and style are linked, so he was drawn to the creative direction of the campaign.

Leslie Odom Jr. for J.Crew.
Courtesy of J.Crew

As for Odom Jr.’s own style, he described it as classic because he’s “drawn to classic lines and classic ways of dressing that have been around for decades,” he said. . During his career he has learned the importance of investing in quality parts that he can keep for many years and that do not contribute to environmental waste.

Odom Jr. also opened up about his red carpet style, referencing his outstanding fashion streak during last year’s awards season when he was nominated for his role as Sam Cooke on ‘One Night in Miami. by Regina King, where he wore pieces like an ombre Berluti suit. at the SAG Awards, a red and blue colorblock Versace suit at the BAFTAs and a 24-karat gold Brioni suit at the Oscars. Odom Jr. worked with his stylist Avo Yermagyan for the looks.

“We were in a difficult time in the country and around the world amid COVID-19, and to have the bright spot of this awards show, Avo leaned into joy,” he explained. “We had fun dressing up. I don’t know if it started with fashion or if I was lucky enough to get so many nominations for being part of Regina’s beautiful movie, but anyway I look back on it as a moment happy and wonderful. ”

Odom Jr. was one of the celebrities who spearheaded last year’s menswear trend during awards season, where men bucked traditional masculine styles for more upscale looks. sewing and more sewing. The season included a range of looks incorporating modern takes on the classic suit, bright colors, prints and other high fashion elements.

“There’s just been a real shift in how we think about menswear and how menswear is covered and designed,” Odom Jr. said. “We didn’t make it up. We wear clothes that existed, so there’s a real movement that has always moved men away from dressing like penguins. And a classic tuxedo doesn’t bother me either. I wore it at the right time and it makes you feel like a million bucks for looking like Sidney Poitier or James Bond.

Leslie Odom Jr. talks red carpet styling and the J. Crew campaign

Leslie Odom Jr. for J.Crew.
Courtesy of J.Crew

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