Robert Pattinson rocked a skirt for the Dior Show

Robert Pattinson is very adventurous. For his recent run of public outings, to promote Batmanhe broke out with massive coats covering his lithe frame, Dark Knight style, and he even made a case for XXL cargo shorts. (You could say that the adventures started with his March 2022 GQ coverwhich involved a full-on dye-and-grill transformation.)

Now the British star has taken things up a notch. Attending the Dior show in Paris (he’s an ambassador for the brand), he stole the glances of fashion editors, TikTokers and the 16th arrondissement’s top users as he appeared in a fuzzy chocolate brown fleece and a blue tweed skirt. Or, uh, shorts and a skirt (call it a skort?). It was one of the boldest garments he’s worn to date – no small feat when it comes to Pattinson.

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Although it might be his first time in a skirt, Pattinson is not the first male celebrity to master the leg-flashing clothing historically associated with women’s clothing. Kurt Cobain was in the 90s and Vin Diesel wore a leather skirt to the MTV Europe Music Awards in Edinburgh in 2003 (Google it!). And it seems more and more clear that we have entered a new era for the dude skirt. Pete Davidson is one of those guys sport one for the Met Gala. A$AP Rocky gets his from Givenchy. Oscar Isaac advocates a pleated Thom Browne number, while Kid Cudi got Twitter talking when he showed up to a New York City gallery in a black chiffon skirt.

The skirt now speaks to many more men and in ways that almost – refreshingly – feel banal. Take, for example, the men’s Autumn/Winter 2023 shows currently taking place in Europe. Skirts are the common thread. Martine Rose set the wheels in motion when she guest-closed Pitti Uomo with a catwalk collection filled with men in denim, floor-length skirts. British designer Charles Jeffrey Loverboy sent male models walking in tartan kilts and wraparound felt skirts. Etro showed long tartan skirts with oversized rugby shirts, while at Gucci (which has been pushing skirts and dresses for men since 2015), side-slit skirts were worn with polo shirts. And in fact, Pattinson’s skirt is a carbon copy of one of the pieces seen on the Dior catwalk –Kim Jones sent more than ten of his models strolling down the catwalk in them.

Which makes this very clear: cool as it is, Pattinson in a skirt isn’t even that big of a deal.

This story originally ran on British GQ with the title “Rob Pattinson, in a skirt, gives absolutely no fuck”

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