Robert Pattinson is no stranger to polarizing his fanbase and his latest public appearance is causing strife in red and blue states alike.
For years, the actor was caught in the contentious debate of whether his brooding vampire character of Edward in the Twilight series was more desirable over Taylor Lautner’s ab-tastic werewolf Jacob. In certain instances, the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob debate ended friendships, destroyed holidays, and nearly ruined all of Kristen Stewart’s likeability.
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On Friday, the online furor surrounding Pattinson found a new victim–his fashion swagger.
While in recent years the British-born star traded Edward’s alternative flannels for The Batman’s gothy black suits, Pattinson’s latest style makeover was devoid of anything drab or sinister and downright fashion-forward.
Robert Pattinson, our global ambassador and a poetry-reading participant in the just-ended show, attended the unveiling of #DiorWinter23 by Kim Jones https://t.co/jwPhBTg6N1 in a look from the new collection.#StarsinDior pic.twitter.com/gzNpvn2jEW
— Dior (@Dior) January 20, 2023
Channeling his inner supermodel, Pattinson turned up to Dior’s Fall/Winter 2023 menswear show challenging gender stereotypes by rocking a glittery navy kilt skirt, brown fur jacket, knee-high stockings and black boots. Your turn, Team Jacob!
The 36-year-old also took to the show’s runway as he proudly sashayed down the catwalk hand-in-hand with Dior’s creative director Kim Jones and “Game of Thrones” star Gwendolyn Christie. A new “Trinity” is born!
Robert Pattinson with Kim Jones and Gwendoline Christie closing #DiorWinter23 show #ParisFashionWeek pic.twitter.com/WA879Wrv8V
— Robert Pattinson Photos | Fansite (@pattinsonphotos) January 20, 2023
While queer celebs like Billy Porter, Lil Nas X and Jonathan Van Ness have been pushing sartorial boundaries for years, Pattinson is the latest heterosexual male star to embrace the skirt aesthetic. Brad Pitt, Harry Styles, and Pete Davidson are just a few others who have recently said yes to the dress.
As expected, reactions to Pattinson’s androgynous fit came fast and strong.
The internet appeared evenly divided as many christened him fashion’s latest It boy, as others were ready to nail him to a cross for daring to step outside society’s rigid style norms.
The critiques left little room for rebuttal:
Robert Pattinson wearing a glittery kilt speaks to me on a personal level pic.twitter.com/OG3Sz2QOhz
— Rafa Sales Ross (@rafiews) January 20, 2023
Love him, however what in the black Jesus is he wearing ….no pic.twitter.com/m6B8rISL4s
— Phindi_y (@Switdifferent) January 20, 2023
YEPPP !! ROBERT’S FACE CARD NEVER DECLINES pic.twitter.com/7ubpmhBIj5
— rie (@mondlerogan) January 20, 2023
— Emi (@Emperat98677848) January 20, 2023
Harry Styles or Timothée Chalamet are the only ones that can pull it off
— ℝ (@rostotona) January 20, 2023
Only Robert can pull this look off
— Michelle Adams (@mta1776) January 20, 2023
Pattinson is very attractive man however Dior is making everyone doubt it. Like they try so hard to make him look as terrible as possible lately
— zuz pachara (@PacharaZuz) January 20, 2023
i love the gender bending fashion but atleast style it properly because WTF is this
— yoko ono muse (@shruturmurg) January 20, 2023
robert pattinson in a skirt and fur coat.. nobody expected this but god he looks fucking GOOD pic.twitter.com/KTvWeNq1PM
— ara (@battinsonlv) January 20, 2023
Whether you give Pattinson’s fashion risk two snaps up or two thumbs down, take a gander at some of his less “controversial” lewks:
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