Let's Take a Moment to Appreciate Jared Leto's Palm Tree-Printed Tuxedo

There are rhinestones involved.
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There are rhinestones involved.
Jared Leto with businessman Stewart Butterfield at the 2015 'WSJ' Magazine Innovator Awards in New York City on Wednesday. Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage

Jared Leto with businessman Stewart Butterfield at the 2015 'WSJ' Magazine Innovator Awards in New York City on Wednesday. Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage

At Wednesday evening's WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards at New York City's Museum of Modern Art, Jared Leto was probably — er, definitely — the only attendee wearing any sort of palm print. As I understand it, he was also the only partygoer to slink in with a head full of recently dyed magenta hair, and was certainly the only guest who can say he wore a lilac suit to the Academy Awards. For this, we've come to hold Leto to an unfairly high standard as far as his red carpet style is concerned — and since his Jesus-haired, "Dallas Buyer's Club" days, he hasn't disappointed us. Perhaps we can contribute this to his partnership with stylist Micaela Erlanger, who counts Lupita Nyong'o, Common and Michelle Dockery among her clients and has a reputation for taking impressive sartorial risks; considering his own penchant for bright colors and wacky prints, Leto fits right in with her clientele.

But why does this particular look stand out from his others? Take the event's host, for starters, which is largely known as being the more conservative option of the major New York City newspapers. It was somewhat bold, then, for Leto to show up wearing a sunset-printed lapel — even if the creator of that lapel was Leto's now go-to designer, Saint Laurent. The success of this outfit, then, lies in its universal appeal: Just as no one can claim they actively dislike twilight walks on the beach, no one can provide any substantial criticism of Leto's fun-loving style without coming across as a straight-up curmudgeon. And we haven't even gotten around to the jacket's rhinestones yet...

Look at those rhinestones. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Look at those rhinestones. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images