Louis Vuitton wants you to call your harness an “embroidered bib”

Owning it.
Owning it.
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This year’s red carpet was full of sparkle and daring fashion choices. Among them was 23-year-old Timothée Chalamet, who was nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Beautiful Boy. 

Chalamet, who is no stranger to bold fashion, arrived at the event with his mother, both in head-to-toe creations by Virgil Abloh—she, in a set from Abloh’s spring 2019 Off-White collection, while the actor opted for an all-black ensemble from Louis Vuitton’s latest menswear collection accessorized with Cartier jewelry, (Abloh is creative director of menswear):

Chalamet’s look, and one of his accessories in particular, seemed to strike a chord with viewers: a black, bedazzled item worn over his shirt that looked like, well, a harness.

The internet came in quick with hot takes on the get-up, comparing the look to that of a bungee jumping priest and figure-skater:

New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman corrected the terminology, noting that the sparkly holster was, in fact, an “embroidered bib” per Louis Vuitton.

Abloh did several colorful versions of the bib for his debut at Louis Vuitton. The “embroidered” version looks similar to one of those, only bedazzled. Meanwhile, the overall concept appears to draw pretty heavily from actual holsters created by Helmut Lang over a decade ago; Abloh has looked to the fashion house for inspiration in the past.

Outside of Chalamet, Louis Vuitton was notably absent from the red carpet. In spite of that, Chalamet’s look appears to be attracting plenty of buzz for the fashion house.