Lest you think BDSM-inspired fashion stopped with the rise and fall of chokers, Timotheé Chalamet and, most recently, Michael B. Jordan, are proving that fetish wear is very much not done with the mainstream—even if, in Chalamet’s case, he thought he was wearing a bib.
It was at Sunday night’s SAG Awards that Jordan joined Chalamet in the ranks of full harness glory, with a watercolor-splashed Louis Vuitton piece decorated with the French fashion house’s LV monogram. While both actors wore the hell out of the harness, in our opinion, Olympic skater Adam Rippon actually kickstarted the leather daddy trend. Last year, Rippon wore a Moschino harness with a black bow tie to the Oscars, a move that earned him praise from Cher.
“You could see in the leather-harness suit he wore to the Academy Awards that he isn’t afraid to take chances,” she wrote for Time. “It wasn’t about the suit, really. It was about the fact that he dares to be different in a world where being different always comes with a cost.”
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From latex to chokers to the aforementioned harnesses, fetish has long been ingrained in fashion, from Vivienne Westwood’s 1974 London boutique SEX, which sold bondage wear along with other punk couture, to Gianni Versace’s 1992 Miss S&M Collection. Alexander McQueen was also frequently inspired by fetish wear, from the bondage straps in his Spring 1996 collection to his Spring 2000 collection, which saw Gisele Bündchen in a metal bodysuit.
Grace Jones and, later, Madonna were also the catalysts behind bringing BDSM to pop culture and fashion. Jones frequently used bondage-themed elements, like in her video Slave to the Rhythm, and Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier corsets for her Blonde Ambition tour.
Fast-forward to present day, and Clare Waight Keller put latex to stellar use at Givenchy’s couture show, collaborating with legendary London latex designers Atsuko Kudo on black leggings and bodysuits. And then there’s Michael B. Jordan, who’s out here absolutely killing the game in his harness—and with zero fucks given about traditional red carpet norms. “Why not? It was just like fuck it. I’m going to do it,” he told Variety. Now may we suggest wearing the below looks to your next red carpet event?