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Look of the Week: The men of Black Panther and a real-life hero at the MTV Movie and TV Awards

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Jun 24, 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, plus the occasional red carpet style highlight.

Jeans and tee or a plain suit just aren’t going to cut it anymore. Menswear on the red carpet has got infinitely more interesting over the last few years, in part thanks to super-stylists Ashley Weston, Ilaria Urbinati, and Ade Samuel. The Black Panther press tour was the sartorial gift that kept on giving, but it didn’t end there.

First, Chadwick Boseman reigned supreme at the “Heavenly Bodies”-themed Met Gala. Then he brought that same level of flair to the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which took place on Saturday, June 17, in Santa Monica, California.

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It was obviously a much more relaxed affair than a world premiere or fashion’s biggest night of the year, but Boseman didn’t dial it back. And his was not the easiest look to pull off, wearing pattern on pattern in an Off-White painted denim ensemble. Designer Virgil Abloh’s Cruise 2019 collection for Off-White is inspired by Impressionism, and what could be a full-on Monet — see Clueless — worked on Boseman. A few weeks ago we celebrated one way to do double denim. Boseman puts a whole new spin on this trend.

The women of Black Panther were sadly absent at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, but Boseman was not the only one to bring it in the bold pattern department. Wearing Dsquared2 with Louboutin boots, Michael B. Jordan won Best Villain for his portrayal of Erik Killmonger. Chinoiserie jacquard pants paired with a black zip bomber jacket is one way to mix sleek and fun.

A tailored suit or pants isn't the only way to work patterns, though. Taking athleisure to the next level was Winston Duke in a bold matching Nike tribute to Nigeria jacket and sweatpants. As with the Nigerian soccer team World Cup jersey, this has also sold out. Duke, Boseman, and Jordan all show how to step it up sartorially at events both fancy and casual. In other words, Armie Hammer isn't the only one who can work the tracksuit trend.  

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But this doesn’t mean suits are out. When Boseman collected the award for Best Hero, he first thanked the fans before turning the spotlight on a real-life hero, saying, “Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing. But it is even greater to acknowledge the heroes we have in real life.”

Boseman then asked James Shaw Jr. to come up to the stage so he could give this award to him.

In April of this year in a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, Shaw — who was unarmed — tackled and disarmed a gunman during a fatal shooting. Shaw no doubt saved lives that day, and he received a well-deserved standing ovation as he headed to the stage looking sharp in a three-piece windowpane check suit.  

Boseman calling James Shaw Jr. to the stage is a touching and inspiring moment, and it's something we need more of in 2018.