Freckled and slim, Eddie Redmayne isn’t your typical celebrity beau. Working his rakish quirks, the model first made a name for himself as a clothes horse for Burberry, more than acting. But, after a series of killer roles (Les Miserables, Birdsong, My Week With Marilyn) came his way, it became clear that the redhead could act and dress.
Redmayne’s deserving Oscars win in 2015 cemented it all, and brought his professional capabilities on par with his incredible English style. The bright lights of Hollywood haven’t taken the ‘classic’ out of Redmayne just yet. So let’s take a look at what makes up the style estate of Mr. Edward Redmayne, Esquire.
Breaking Eddie Redmayne’s Style Down
“I am most comfortable wearing a suit,” Redmayne told The Telegraph, in an interview back in 2008. As the actor continues to climb his way to the top, his English heritage, played out in the way he approaches formal looks, makes his style masculine and traditional. But, ingenuity is paramount to Redmayne, and his wardrobe is no exception.
Taking classic blazers, slim separates and suits, the actor changes things up, opting for off-beat fabrics sometimes instead of wool and cotton, while ensuring the jacket is always razor-sharp. Redmayne likes to experiment with colour and pattern too on formalwear – bold hues and checks appearing far more often on the red carpet than the average penguin black. A parrot with colour, Redmayne is bold with his tints and shades. Did we mention he was colourblind?
Eddie Redmayne killed it over the summer, tailored in seersucker for warmer weather. An all-cotton fabric like linen, seersucker is lightweight with a crimped or puckered surface. It made a huge resurgence in 2014, lead by Redmayne himself. The British lad went dandy in pastel blue and white-stripe, perfect for a day at the races, on a yacht or with gin and tonic in hand by the pool.
Redmayne’s go-to color is blue, so he often goes all-in with monochromatic suiting with metallic blue jacket, pastel shirt and navy knit tie. He has a penchant for iris and cobalt too. And his blue-boy look isn’t exclusively formal. Midnight blue knitwear goes organic over tweed brown trousers and a soft blue button-down – just in time for the ballet premiere, Redmayne.
Smooth Like Velvet
Because he doesn’t like to be like everybody else, Eddie Redmayne – at both theLes Misérables and Theory of Everything premieres – sported an eccentrically brilliant velvet suit. The plush fabric even hit his trousers (there are other celebrity gents who go velvet blazer occasionally, but never a complete suit). And incredibly, velvet reaches new heights on Tom Ford low-top sneakers. Redmayne finds any excuse to wear his two fashion loves – velvet and Ford.
Mr. Coloured Coat
Traditional outerwear gets a re-dying with Redmayne. Snubbing classic black or token grey, mustard yellows get a look-in with flare-collar pea coats. Meanwhile, this green mac in felted-wool is mighty luscious. Paired with black-wash jeans, it beats-out any risk of looking to Christmas-time.
Suited, To Britain
Suits are a second skin for Redmayne. He is more comfortable in tailoring than shirt and shorts and like a true Brit, doesn’t think it excessively formal or pretentious. And he gets his suits tailored to enhance that feeling of ‘belonging’ in them. Ramping up the sartorial, Redmayne opts for plaid. In recent outings, catch him in Prince of Wales check with splashes of colour making them louder, or Scottish tartan in navy and emerald olive green.
Key Redmayne Fashion Items
Redmayne favours Burberry and McQueen for classic suiting, while Tom Ford is his ultra-luxe choice – velvety, of course.
Brioni’s single-breast cotton silk-blend blazer works a treat for velvety smooth operators. For bold-coloured coats, Burberry Prorsum pretty much sponsors Redmayne, so opt for their wool duffle in teal-emerald green. A nice coral coat comes in the form of Hardy Amies’ pea coat. For blue, go APC’s wool mac.
T-shirt brand, Orlebar Brown, is Redmayne’s confessed favourite. For posh shirting, staples like Van Heusen or classic English style from Jermyn Street’s Emma Willis.
The Oscar winner has been recently spotted in velvet low-top sneakers from Tom Ford. All-time favourites are Converse by John Varvatos too, with six pairs on regular rotation. For smart casual, Redmayne likes a good brogue. Go Aquila for Aussie, or Church’s for Brit.
When not in black tie, a woven silk tie is Redmayne’s way of adding texture. Check out Drake’s or Hackett for the silkiest real-deal. Not a super watch man, when he does wear one it looks a lot like a Bremont.
When not in coloured chinos from Incotex, look to corduroy trousers for Redmayne-spiration. Iconic makers include Richard James and Gucci, while Acne offer architecturally perfect corduroy. Denim? Battered Levi’s, we’ve noted. So look for vintage wash – Nudie Jeans or Balmain – to get things started. Otherwise, go raw and where them regularly, bashing them with love, of course.