The stylish actor stepped out in some capital-F fashion knitwear.
Robert Pattinson’s style has always had vampiric tendencies, but over the last couple of years he’s really committed to a Theroux-level uniform of dark layers and under-the-radar designer fits. It’s not just leather jackets at press appearances anymore. Now it’s dark, brooding streetwear to grab the paper at the crack of dawn and teeny-tiny round sunglasses whenever the paparazzi are around (which is all the time). He also recently copped to taking fashion classes at Central Saint Martins in his free time, with zero intention to start a commercial line. If that’s not a commitment to fashion (the capital-F kind), we don’t know what is.
Yesterday in Berlin, the actor flexed some serious menswear muscle at a press appearance for his new movie, The Lost City of Z, in a look by Dior Homme. The black jeans and sneakers were innocent enough, but his big white dress shirt buttoned all the way up, worn with a creatively zipped, cropped cardigan on top, was serious fashion-person stuff. He looked like a DJ you'd see sitting front row at Berlin Fashion Week, not a guy who built a career on breaking teenage hearts. It's not that he looked bad (hardly—the fit is actually pretty on-brand for the messy-haired, stylish leading man), it's just that that fashion-forward knitwear piece has caused some head-scratching in our offices, specifically in regard to its abbreviated length. Is Pattinson wearing...a crop top?
"Yes, crop top." —Jake Woolf, style staff writer
"I don’t think it’s a crop top. I think it’s a woman’s sweater he borrowed and somehow broke the zipper on. Now he can’t return it to the woman. Happy Valentine’s Day." —Caity Weaver, editor
"That's definitely a crop top. If he weren't wearing a shirt, we'd see at least an inch above belly button." —Max Berlinger, style contributor
"It reminds me of a thing I would’ve bought at Hot Topic in high school—so yes, crop top." —Liza Corsillo, style staff writer
"I've done this before, mistakenly washed my sweater...sometimes you just gotta say f&@k it and put it on." —Jon Tietz, fashion editor
"Crop-top sweater, for when your lower abdomen is overheated (all those flashing cameras can get hot)." —Mary Anderson, assistant to the editor-in-chief
"It's the anti–longline sweater, which, okay, might make it technically a crop top—but that also means it's the knitwear Holy Grail for shorter guys." —Matt Sebra, digital style director
Pattinson has a professional relationship with Dior Homme—he's in the brand's Spring 2017 campaign—so it's not uncommon to spot him wearing the label’s clothes (so does Rami Malek, but he's never made us do a double take like this). Whether the actor's style evolution is under the influence of Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche, his new wife FKA Twigs (a fashion envelope-pusher of the best kind), or some sort of strategic rebranding on the part of his agents isn’t totally clear. It could be 30-year-old Pattinson just doing him. Whatever the motivation, we'd be lying if we said we weren't enjoying the show. Tiny turtlenecks probably won't hit critical mass anytime soon, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate Pattinson rocking one this hard.topics from