The men of Riverdale brought some serious style to the People's Choice Awards
This Sunday night in Santa Monica, California, a bunch of famous folks got dressed up and gathered together to celebrate the 45th edition of the People's Choice Awards. Among those in attendance: KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse, who play Archie and Jughead, respectively, on the CW's Riverdale. Sprouse had a big night on stage—he snagged the award for Male TV Star and Drama Movie Star, gamely roasting Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio about the latter win—but both guys made an impressive showing in the style department.
First up, let's talk KJ. The actor's pink suit and brown shirt were both by Ermenegildo Zegna XXX, and they created one hell of an impression.
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The suit's color, of course, grabs the attention immediately. But the fit is damn good, too, skimming Apa's frame without looking too tight. (Remember, tailoring is loosening up these days. Clearly Apa and his stylist, Warren Alfie Baker, got the memo.) As for the brown dress shirt, complete with covered placket? It just plain works. Brown might seem like a stodgy color for the red carpet, but it's become clear recently that it's actually a style flex—as long as it's worn the right way. The look is grounded in a pair of light gray, suede Chelsea boots by Christian Louboutin and finished with David Yurman jewelry, pulling together everything with a retro-futuristic, '70s-meets-2019 vibe.
As for Sprouse, he also leaned into a little bit of the '70s feel by pairing a textured, brighter-than-navy blue suit with a matched, sky-blue shirt-and-tie combo.
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Like Apa's brown dress shirt, Sprouse's shirt/tie team-up is the sort of thing you'd think shouldn't work. Isn't that matchy-matchy feel best left to Regis Philbin, way back in the early aughts? Well...no. It's a particular look, no doubt. But Sprouse is a particular kind of guy (read: young, handsome, conspicuously cool). He can carry off a look like this, even when you track down on the outfit and notice that the trousers are sliced open near the hem so you can see his sleek black boots all the better. Oh, that's just Cole being Cole, you can almost hear someone in his inner circle murmuring.
Taken in totality, the People's Choice Awards isn't the same sort of style event as the Oscars or Emmys or Golden Globes. But last night in Santa Monica, the guys of Riverdale brought a little extra sartorial adventurousness to the party. And I, for one, am glad they did.