Jeff Goldblum

Look of the Week: How the right stylist made Jeff Goldblum a style icon

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Oct 7, 2018

Welcome back to Look of the Week, celebrating the best in TV and film sartorial excellence, past and present across sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre classics!

Jeff Goldblum is the Chosen One of the Month and this also extends to Look of the Week, in which we will be exploring some of his most iconic costumes in genre movies. First, we direct our attention to his red carpet attire, as over the last few years Goldblum has turned it up

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Scrolling through 30 years of Goldblum on Getty Images, the style shift occurs around the time of the Grand Budapest Hotel press tour. Suits go from passable to paying attention to fashion. The lines are sharper, the fit is tailored and the clothes more daring. This is what happens when a star finds a stylist that gets them. Jeff Goldblum has found his sartorial soulmate in Andrew T. Vottero — the red carpet is a better place because of this.

Behind every best-dressed celebrity is a stylist. It isn’t just a case of popping to the store, grabbing the nearest suit and putting it on. Goldblum recently spoke to GQ about his collaboration with Vottero and why this is a match made in heaven, explaining that he no longer has to annoy his wife when shopping for clothes. Now he can text Vottero whenever he wants to chat clothes: “I can’t wear [him] out and [he] can’t wear me out. We’re both equally excited.” This excitement is apparent in Goldblum’s style evolution since meeting Vottero a few years ago at a GQ photo shoot.

Perhaps the best showcase for this evolution is the 2018 Venice Film Festival, which took place last month. While promoting The Mountain, it was an all-Prada affair for Goldblum. No one looks like they enjoy the red carpet quite as much as Goldblum; he is truly having a blast, and a lot of it probably has to do with his clothes.

Starting with his fanciest and perhaps most Jeff Goldblum ensemble in an all-white Prada tuxedo, black and white is his signature color palette. This is the reverse of Goldblum’s usual black with a dash of white.  

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At the daytime cast photocall, he looks like a dude on vacation, enjoying Venice in September in a beige suit and ocean print shirt — again, all Prada. This could enter cheesy tourist territory on anyone else, but Goldblum has that zaddy energy to stop this from happening.

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Venice is also a great venue for making dramatic entrances even during the daytime, and stars turn every jetty into the runway. Goldblum’s wife, Emilie Livingston, is also no stranger to bold outfits; this sugary pink Gucci frock is the perfect whimsical complement to Goldblum’s most out-there Prada shirt from his Venice collection.

At a luncheon to celebrate the launch of the 2018 Green Carpet Fashion Awards an interest in fashion is hot; an interest in sustainable fashion is even hotter.

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Goldblum catching up with Thor: Ragnarok co-star Cate Blanchett at this event is also a good reminder that the MCU is stacked with stylish stars.

After Venice, Goldblum stopped by London where he was feted at the GQ Awards as the Icon of the Year. This is one award we're definitely not going to argue against.

Tom Hiddleston presented Goldblum with his much-deserved icon accolade, with Goldblum referencing the Loki/Grandmaster fan art he looks up on Instagram. He was giddy with excitement about this expression of fandom, which is refreshing, as so often embarrassment or derision sadly accompanies this collision of worlds.

In his speech, he thanked wife Emilie Livingston, his stylist Andrew T. Vottero and talked about his love of England while quoting George Bernard Shaw. He was adorable and endearing even in the midst of grappling with the word "icon."

He also looks dapper AF in a gold lamé shirt, tie and tuxedo jacket, throwing in some zebra print shoes to really set things up. It was silver for the Thor: Ragnarok premiere, but here all that glitters is gold. Plus it matches his award. 

Chadwick Boseman, Tom Hiddleston and Jeff Goldblum

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It was a mini MCU affair — Chris Hemsworth was also in attendance, but is sadly not pictured — and all three guys were sharp in a spectrum of suits. Chadwick Boseman ditched the tie but looked cool as hell in pistachio Louis Vuitton and Tom Hiddleston went more traditional in a Ralph Lauren Purple Label velvet double-breasted tuxedo.

Menswear isn’t limited to the same boring suit or casual jeans and tee look, which you will often see on the red carpet and at photocalls. Stars like Rami Malek, Riz Ahmed, Armie Hammer, Tom Hiddleston, and Donald Glover understand this — they all work with stylist Ilaria Urbinati. It is why The Hollywood Reporter has an annual issue dedicated to Hollywood’s power stylists, because the right look can elevate a star. Jeff Goldblum has always been cool, but now he has the wardrobe and stylist to match it.

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