Ugh, I feel so bad! I have been glossing over The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists Issue for days because I thought it was mostly about wispy, poorly-dressed women talking about why they chose some horrible red carpet gown. While there is a lot of that – Michelle Williams and her stylist’s inclusion should be evidence enough – there actually is some good stuff in this issue. Like the inclusion of Tom Hiddleston and his STYLIST! Did you know he had a stylist? I did not know. And now that I know… I am reconsidering his style. Hiddles always struck me as a posh boy who liked clothes and had questionable taste in too-bright colors and pants that seem way too snug in the crotch. Now that I know he has a stylist, I wonder if he’s just a nice boy who gets talked into wearing too-bright, snug-crotch suits.
Tom’s stylist is named Ilaria Urbinati. They actually got one of the covers, and they posed together (and apart) in what appears to be a boxing gym, because that literally has nothing to do with anything. I kind of wonder if Tom chose the locale in an attempt to butch it up. It didn’t work. Here’s the little blurb from THR about the one thing Tom never wants to try:
Hiddleston may be a red-carpet risk-taker, but that doesn’t mean he’ll try every fashion trend.
“I’m not crazy about short trousers, short pants on men.” Hiddleston tells The Hollywood Reporter while playing “Fishing for Answers” with his stylist, Ilaria Urbinati. “Even in the summertime, it’s a risk.”
Luckily, Urbinati, who ranks No. 6 on THR’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists list this year, is aware of the Kong: Skull Island actor’s style preferences. She adds: “It’s true, I always go a little longer with you.”
I agree that he would not look good in too-short pants and that most men should not wear Capris. Tom’s insanely tall and most of his height is in his legs. I would imagine he probably has a 34-inch inseam or longer. If he buys trousers off the rack, they’re probably always too short on him. So no. No Capris. Either long, proper pants (with some room in the crotch, for the love of God) or just regular dude-shorts for running.
Oooh, there’s also video!! Tom prefers coffee to tea (Ilaria prefers tea). He thinks Thor is a better costar than Kong. He thinks Loki would win in a fight with Kong. Tom’s style icons – named by Ilaria – are Americans like Steve McQueen and Paul Newman (and Elliot Gould??!). I’m surprised he didn’t name some dapper Englishman. I always thought he had a dash of David Niven? Tom and Ilaria are actually really cute together – you can tell that they really get along.
Photos courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Fame/Flynet and WENN.
Dumplings. We’re serving dumplings today. Samuel L Jackson should do an international food show of some sort. The Kong PR is winding down.
No capris on men!
Do such things as capri pants for men exist? Is this another item of clothing of which I’ve never heard, like yoga pants? In our house, the only short trousers are the ones the Sixlets have grown out of, and we call them half mast.
I think Tommy should wear capri pants. I mean, they’d go with the Aladdin slippers he wore that time and they’d certainly be an upgrade on PAPER KNICKERS.
Now you have said dumplings, I have a desire for stew. Too much work today but I am having stew on Sunday. It’s decided.
Alexander Skarsgard was wearing them for a while and they looked quite silly on him. Of course, Alex looks best without any clothes.
Stew is good. It’s cold and icy here still. Stew is good for such times.
I googled just for fun and one of the first things that came up was a Macy’s ad for men’s “cropped joggers.” So I guess there is such a thing.
They do. http://www.celebitchy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/cumby3.jpg
David Beckham wears sweatpant capris all the time.
Even I know the Bouncing Benny picture is of JORTS, Chaine! Mind you, I only know that because Celebitchy told me.
The Viking is in some new show with the lassie who got arrested at Standing Rock whose name I forget. But he wasn’t wearing capri pants. Or PAPER KNICKERS. And he did some weird coercive control thing, which was most offputting.
Do Brits not do cut-offs? In our household, jeans with holes in them get cut off at about mid-thigh level and turn into shorts for the summer. I’m afraid I never bought into the fashion ideal of holes in jeans on purpose. Or capris for men. Do men who wear capris also worry about grooming leg hair?
Oh, Sixer, today is a Boston holiday: Evacuation Day, which commemorates George Washington’s first victory against you Brits when he placed canon, stolen from Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen & the Green Mountain Boys, (yes, he used your own guns against you) on Dorchester Heights and the British forces ended the siege of the city and left. There’s a parade on Sunday that focuses more on the St. Patrick-related events of today, although the parades official name does include Evacuation Day. The event was given holiday status back in the 1930s when the governor was looking for some reason to shut down the area for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations while maintaining the appearance of separation of church and state. Schools and city offices are closed. Some courts too. The state office used to close as well until a right-wing newspaper columnist and talk show moron Howie Carr tried to end all our state holidays just because he is a jerk.
Brits do cut-offs! And shorts generally. But not capri pants for men unless, perhaps, in one of those Gentrification Zones where there are also man buns and cereal cafes and suchlike. Although I say that, but really have no idea. Fashion confuses me.
OOH! I like US holidays. OMG! That’s where you got the gun thing from. You stole ours and have fetishised them ever since! Evacuation Day is a cooler name for a holiday than anything named after a saint, although St Patrick’s Day is popular in our house for obvious Mr Sixer-related reasons.
Someone else will dig this up. Some years back, Hiddles did a truly hilarious photoshoot where he posed next to a rubber plant, in a bathtub etc., and I am willing to swear that in one of those photos he was wearing capris.
I remember the rubber plant!
OMG! HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN THIS?
We even christened them sassy capris.
Here they are:
Oh God, that picture is the stuff of nightmares! Hilarious! I choked on my tea. He’s right. He needs to avoid capris at all costs.
Now Miss J has reminded me, I remember we were all over that a few years back.
I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT SASSY CAPRIS.
I’m letting my own side down.
That horrifying 1883 photoshoot rears its head again!
Men should never wear capris! Definitely not a mens kind of style. Are there a such thing as men’s capris?
Yes sadly there is such a thing. I refer to them as manpris (I can’t take credit for the term but I’m not sure where I first heard/read it).
Yeah! Dumpings! Dumpings sound great to me so does the weekend. I am going to see the monkey movie tomorrow.
Are they talking about capris or just pants that hit above the ankle?
The video showed cuffed just blow the knee, they weer actually kind of cute.
Not on Tom though.
Cropped might be tough on Tom too with his height
Anytime I’d ever heard Brits talking about “short pants” they meant men’s “dress shorts” – like pressed khaki (non-denim non-sports) shorts type of thing. Hitting around the knee, not the ankle capris at all.
I think we say shorts for any trousers that aren’t full length. But you say shorts meaning men’s knickers? Have I got that right? Of course, we say pants when we mean men’s knickers, but you mean trousers when you say pants.
It’s all very confusing. And that’s before we’ve started on vests and waistcoats. Or, horror of horrors, move onto food and somebody mentions BREAKFAST BEANS.
“Shorts” can mean underwear but more often means short pants like Bradley Cooper’s beige booty Shorts from American Sniper.
Some men refer to their knickers as shorts, especially if they like boxers or boxer briefs.
Usually when we say a guy is wearing “shorts” we mean those god awful summer pants that hit just below the knee, and which some men use almost as a uniform, along with the gigantic t-shirt and the baseball hat.
This is the sort of sartorial travesty that makes me want to resign from heterosexuality forever.
Whenever I go shopping at the outlet stores in Orlando I see a lot of young men in their 20’s wearing man-pris. They look so cute but but that style does not enhance a man’s masculinity.
A Brit would never say “short pants” though – it’s simply not an expression that exists in British English, since in Britain “pants” exclusively means underwear.
He looks like Kermit the frog in that youtube video holding screen.
kermit is adorable and everybody loves kermit.
I quite like his sense of style, or hers anyway. He almost always looks really great in a tux, and while other times the colour might be a bit off, I wouldn’t put him on the worst dressed list.
Keep wearing your perfect suits,Tom! You have great style.There’s plenty of people who shouldn’t wear Capri pants. I’m one of them
OK I laughed out loud at those style inspirations. Sweetie, David Niven maybe. Maybe Trevor Howard. But never in 20 billion years will you be able to bring to mind the raw sexuality of a Newman or McQueen. I mean aim high I guess but 😂
It’s in a boxing gym, because Urbinati practices boxing. Or at least that’s what it sounds like, going by the video.
Also, I’ve got the feeling those were Urbinati’s style icons, not Tom’s, since she was the one answering the question.
I doubt if Tom has style icons actually. One of the reasons he has a stylist is because clothes don’t seem to be too important to him, but he realizes that he needs to look fashionable for his work. He seems to go for uniforms – wear essentially the same thing day in and day out. He currently has his informal clothing “uniform”: jeans, long sleeve sweater (in blue, gray, white, black or **new** dark red), blue or gray jacket and of course gray boots. He lives in that, then switches to his suits for those occasions which warrant them. And he looks fantastic in them because of his height, slenderness and long legs.
(And of course he runs in his ancient sweatpants with holes, ancient orange puffer jacket and ancient Nike sweater!)
I read it that way also. But I agree with Mia4s about the David Niven comparison. Loved him for many reasons, one of which was that he was a wonderful writer of several best-selling memoirs.
Tom should thank the person who grooms him. He looks dashing the whole Kong press tour. I hardly noticed his hairline. His face is less oily too. But Tommy is no Eddie Redmayne. That guy has great style and could probably work the capri.
Oh no, Eddie wears some awful suits.
Eddie Redmayne is NEVER boring. His stylist should take a bow. In my opinion, Tom Hiddleston isn’t even in the same league style wise. He tries, but no cigar.
Eddie is no Tom either. They both have different style.
OT regarding Eddie Redmayne: I watched The Danish Girl and was amazed at what a beautiful woman Eddie was transformed into for that picture. He has a beautiful mouth and very shapely legs, LOL! And his hair, makeup and costumes were flawless. I had two very shallow takeaways: 1. I want to know the brand and color of the red lipstick Eddie wore in that film and 2. I was jealous of his sylph-like figure. That’s all.
If I remember correctly, Eddie is actually colorblind and just lets his wife dress him.
Shallow: He looks nicer with darker hair, though I wish he wouldn’t slick it back/up.
I’ve been saying that for a while too. Let the curls fly free and stop pushing them back.
I love his sweatpants with the holes in them. He should wear them everyday and probably be perfectly happy. 😅
And give the DM something to write about. “Hiddleston’s great pins and perky knees exposed to all on London street.”
@ third ginger – Never forget the pert derriere!
Kaiser, I am amazed you didn’t know he has a stylist. She has been screaming her association with him from the rooftops as loudly as she can for a year or more now.
Judging by her Instagram her women’s styling is every bit as bad as the women’s styling featured in this issue.
PS ROFL at the suggestion elsewhere in the article that Ruth Negga is only partly famous due to her Oscar nom – it’s also down to her having a great stylist, folks!
Urbinati is a really prominent menswear stylist (she has some high profile women too). All the sharp dressed and high profile men have stylists.
I love the Power Stylist issue, though there’s a huge difference in the looks that are considered noteworthy vs the People Magazine lists. Though how the mighty have fallen – Rachel Zoe isn’t on it at all anymore.
Yes. Everyone should take a look at red carpets from maybe the 60’s through the 80’s. You can see the hilarious disasters from the pre-stylist eras. Of course, earlier stars like Audrey Hepburn were dressed by particular designers, so they looked great. Please check out 80’s horrors like Demi Moore and Kim Bassinger in a dress of her own design.
I know a lot of people on here find him a bit extra & annoying, but I think he’s adorable. I mean, yeah, the whole TS thing was completely OTT and cringe-worthy but I find him very charming (and stylish). 😁
He is adorable and charming. I’m missing his ehehehe though. He doesn’t laugh that much anymore.
He’s so handsome and sweet! First time I met my ex boyfriend, I was amazed how much he looked like Tom! I already was a Tom lover. Him and Tom are beautiful cuties
from some of the pics of him in shorts, he seems fine looking in them 🙂 Knobby man knees and all.
I like the stylist he is using. She is not afraid to try out new suit looks with him. But he does have the body for it.
His stylist is beautiful. No tom, I would take Kong over thor. Nice early man trailer. Looking forward to watching the movie.
I liked the Early Man trailer too but I love Aardman animation. Looking forward to the film
I want to see what Lord Nooth looks like! There is some kind of event this Sunday with TH and Eddie Redmayne probably connected with Early Man – maybe we’ll see more then. Timothy Spall and Richard Ayoade and Maisie Williams are also voices in it. I love Aardman and I’m looking forward to this!
@justme lord nooth will be a pompous money loving tyrant. Now that’s what I want to see.
There were a few months there, when Ilaria first started styling him, that all of Tom’s suit trousers were too short – in my opinion. I remember whining and whining about it, even though he was making best-dressed lists in magazines. I wondered at the time if she was doing it on purpose, trying to make him seem more fashion-forward, or she just couldn’t get an off-the-rack suit trouser that was long enough. Fast forward a few months, and the trousers – mostly custom Gucci – are an excellent length. There hasn’t been much about the wardrobe for the KSI press tour that I would change.
I agree with all of this ^
I saw him in person in NYC at the Times Talks last year and his pants were way too short and the “spotty socks” just awful.
He kept tugging on the trousers and I wondered if he was uncomfortable. That may have been for another reason, however.
Too long to be shorts, too short to be pants… SHPANTS!! – Arj Barker
Shpants it is then.
Say whatever you want but that man can wear suits like no one else and therefore, yes he is a fashion icon when it comes to Red Carpet events. His suits are not too tight, they fit like a second skin and that is very nice. I was in love with his polka socks and the dark red suit he was wearing last year.
He is SO Hollywood. He employs a stylist, multiple publicist!
Your point is? Most actors that work in Hollywood have a team, and when they are working on big studio pictures there is a veritable army of PR reps, stylists, groomers, assistants, schedulers, travel coordinators, drivers, trainers, etc. etc. on hand to make sure things go smoothly. Even “non-famous” working actors probably have half a dozen people behind the scenes – agent, business manager, lawyer, PR rep, personal assistant, and yes – stylist. The PR, PA and stylist may be part-time or paid per project, but even D-listers have them.
both of them looks nice.
Not related directly to Tom or anything really, but I happen to both A) follow Ilaria Urbinati on Insta and B) I’m an avid reader of Tony Ortega’s blog, so I know that Ilaria is a hardcore 2nd generation scientologist and rolls with the Masterson clan, close friends and former business partners (clothing store that failed) with Danny Masterson and Ben foster. They are really creepy in the way they are so tight and how they use their networking in Hollywood to recruit young and vulnerable wannabes. Her mother was, maybe still is, actually one of the lecturers at the Celebrity Centre courses. So I wonder to what extent she infuses her clients with her nonsense cult.
If Hiddleston buys into Scientology, I am a prima ballerina.
Is any of the Brits in Hollywood into scientology?
Someone I know who’s a vaguely famous Northern Irish actor trespassed at the Scieno compound as part of some prank and got chased off by guards.
I’d say no, Clams not to popular on our cold windy isle.
Very interesting. I associate that cult with those who fail to see how it’s mishmash of various philosophies mixed with the outer space nonsense. Even educated people might fall for it, but Cruise and Travolta are two celebrities who have very little formal education.
Doesn’t scientology have that thing where you learn something, then when you proceed to the next level, they tell you that was bull****, and when you get to the next level, they tell you THAT was bull**** and so on? So you’re always searching for the truth and you don’t even notice how all is a combination of a lot of stuff that plagued Hubbard’s head at the time he wrote it.
The guy himself said that you need to start a religion if you want to get rich, and nobody of the scientology believers finds that suspicious?
Although most of them are rich too, so perhaps Hubbard was on to something? 😀
they basically take advantage of the dumb types arriving in hordes to Hollywood searching for success, with very little familiar or educational background. Travolta and Cruise were recruited in the 80’s when internet didn’t exist. Now their scam and crazy theories have been outed and are all over the place and after the many documentaries, and TV shows like Leah’s and the celebrities leaving the cult like Paul Haggis all they have left as prey are just very vulnerable people who fall for it. Most scientologists in their 30/40’s are 2nd generation scientologists (like Iliaria herself, Masterson, Ribisi) and the new ones are the rare cases: for example ben Foster grew up in a cult himself (Transcendental Meditation Organization in Fairfield Iowa, a mellower and nicer version of Scientology) or are just plain dumb and insecure, like Laura prepon. Most of the people that there recruit and sell the whole ideal of Scientology helping them getting famous and rich end up working in peripheral services like hair makeup, stand ins, extras, etc in the sitcoms or shitty tv show where other scientologist can get them in (case in point The Ranch and Danny Masterson
They definitely target people who are vulnerable. There was–probably still is–an active Scientology center in Boston and they really seemed to target the college students who had just arrived; first time away from home; still defining themselves, etc. They were pretty aggressive.
There is a Scientology center in DC (right in Dupont Circle), but I’ve never seen them recruiting.
No THIS?! This is tea!! ( it also makes sense that Ben Foster Rolled with the Prepon Foolishness… also why haven’t they gone after the Phoenix family.. I mean It seems all adjacent)
For what I know (after the rabbit hole I went into for months by reading Ortega’s blog) the Phoenix family has the cultish mind setting (just as Ben Foster and his brother) so is easy for them to fall into that circle and mingle with scientologists. That thing about celebrities and scientology is that there’s a tight crowd of artsy types that fall for their courses and detox program (which is absolutely creepy and dangerous) and the way they are treated like royalty at the Celebrity Center which is what attires their attention. The whole Foster/prepon thing is being rumored to be a coupling settled by the cult, she got pregnant just weeks after they started hooking up…and now it makes a lot of sense the rocky relationship and on off engagement to Robin Wright:rumor has it they wanted to recruit her and her kids.
I have another interesting tea related: Floriana Lima, the C lister who’s dating Casey Affleck, is tight with the Mastersons and their clan. Too much to be just a simple and not related to the cult friendship. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I’m 100% sure she’s a scientologist, but as most of these C listers they are being lured by the cult with promises of more work and tools to become famous, so maybe they can’t be pointed out as full scientologists, but they probably think that they can use the networking and connections that Scientology has on that C-list level in the business and their courses to become more “confident”, as they think it works.
Yeah I heard that Summer is a scientologist, and although Casey wasn’t supposedly. He has no problem being friends with Ben Foster and dating his new gf who’s reportedly a scientologist. His stylist also styles Casey too.
This is fantastic tea … and admittedly makes me think less of her clients.
There’s a big Scientology center about 15 minutes from my house. The Scientologists usually have volunteers out on the street, and almost no one takes literature from them, but people will yell ‘Cult!’ as they walk by and – in one case – an older man intercepted a young woman who had started to talk to them. No one is violent or harasses them, but it is an interesting dynamic and makes me wonder how much longer they’ll exist.
The one good thing I will say about Scientologists: Unlike most of the developers in LA, they do a fantastic job rehabbing old buildings and restoring them to their glory. Honestly, if they stopped with the human rights abuses and other creepy cult stuff and just became a religion focused on preserving architecture, they’d probably gain members …
oh honey the real state development has nothing to do with good taste and good intentions towards the environment and the city: is just money laundering. They have the tax exemption from being officially a ” religious organization” so their real state is free on taxes.
I’m well aware of that, but my point still stands: they do a good job restoring older buildings. Shady developers in LA are nothing new, but most of them have very little interest in preserving heritage or art.
What about a sheer hoop skirt and a crop top? How about a thong and leather chaps with a camouflage puffy vest and a sun visor? How about a tuxedo t-shirt and Old Navy board shorts in a floral print and kitten heel shoes? Tell me more!
I hate Urbanati’s styling – especially on men. Go back and look at some of the terrible choices she has made for all of her male clients. I mean that undertaker look she had TH in last week on the Kimmel show…really? And he wore it again in Japan I think…Or that peach shirt in Mexico? The colors like the cranberry suit he has worn several times do not work on his skin tone – I saw him in it and it looked odd. Most of the talent do not have style and cannot dress themselves…I see it all over town. Tom needs a male stylist like from Brioni or Battistoni or even a great British house….I don’t care if they are Gucci suits, they are not right for him in cut and color…he has fallen into this weird stylists trap like everyone else and I wonder who referred her to him….Stylists think they have more power than they do in Hollywood. Their self-congratulatory parties are ridiculous…Most of the Oscar red carpet is pretty bad…as is the Golden Globes, etc. I don’t think TH is making alot of his own choices and just goes along…he could look like a million dollars if done better.
I loved his shirt he was wearing in Mexico….
I think TH always looks great, but I have no expertise in mens’ fashion. I have been outfitting Mr. Third for 35 years, but then he is color blind and nearsighted.
I dislike it for a different reason: she makes many of her male clients look like clones of one another. So she had Renner in the notorious grey boots, Chris Evans in the spotty socks, and I forget who in the very distinctive red suit that TH wore last year. That’s not good, in my view. A stylist should help a client develop or improve his or her own individual style, not make all the clients clones of one another. It’s especially bad when the clients are so high profile – those “quirky” socks and pocket squares stop looking cool and original pretty quickly once several stars have worn them.
I also hate the self publicising element – kind of like plastic surgery, I feel that the whole point of having a stylist is that it should be subtle and discreet. You look like yourself, only better put together, and nobody should quite be able to say why.
Agreed, those daft socks and the red suit were horrible. I think we are stuck with the grey shoes!
She did say that she suggested to him that he might want to get brown versions of his current boots (since he is on his third pair) but he likes the grey and doesn’t care if the Internet rags him about them. Someone made a manip picture of him cradling one of the boots in his hand with the words “My Precious” written on it. He signed a copy of the picture for a fan in China after chuckling and showing it to his PR person.
I don’t know, I think the recent Gucci suits are a vast improvement over what she was subjecting him to when they first started working together. At least now he doesn’t look like everyone else that works with her. And you’re right, she does tend to throw the same six or seven articles of clothing at all of her clients – which would be a huge no-no if she were dressing women instead of men. Don’t get me started on the red suits – the only one of her clients cool enough to pull one off is Rami Malek, everyone else just looks silly.
p.s. I love the grey boots. I loved the black Kimmel suit too – but once I saw Tom was rocking Ray-Bans he could have been wearing a pink fleece tracksuit and I still would have climbed him like a tree so I guess I’m a biased audience.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the boots (and don’t care if he wears them 4,751 times), and I like a lot of the suits she has him in. I don’t like the fact that she imposes her style on him and on all her other male clients. I have to say, I also feel that this isn’t rocket science. How hard is it to pick the fabric for a suit that someone at Gucci has already designed and tailored, and then choose a tie and a shirt to go with it? My husband does that when he has a suit made.
My personal view is that dressing women well is much harder and a better test of a stylist’s ability. Put a good looking man with a great body into a £5000 dinner jacket, tell the tailor to fit it and he will probably look great. But you can mess up dressing a beautiful woman in a multitude of ways – bad dress, or accessories, or hair – or just striking the wrong note for the occasion. Personally I’d love to know who Amal Clooney’s stylist is. While I don’t like all her choices, they usually work well on their own terms and are very “Amal” – it’s pretty obvious she has a stylist, but whoever it is they haven’t extinguished her rather kooky style, just made it work better.
So is she a “powerful stylist ” solely because of her daddy scientology connection?
Because her choices are laughable and get pulled off only because she’s dressing good looking men.
Why has no one commented on the fact that his stylist is really naked and in body paint???
In the video, it appears to be an actual dress designed to look like its painted on. It gapes a bit in the cleavage area and the sleeves are definitely sleeves.
No, no it is an outfit from a little girls book of cut out outfits to fit on cardboard model. like:
Didn’t know she was into Scientology. Huh