From Vanity Fair: “Brad Pitt figures if we’re all going to die, you might as well wear some breezier garments before you kick the bucket.
The actor wore a brown linen, knee-length skirt and matching blazer by Haans Nicholas Mott paired with a salmon linen button-down and black combat boots to the Berlin premiere of his new film Bullet Train last month. An outfit that quickly went viral due to it being such an unusual choice for the typically suit-clad star. Most probably haven’t even heard of the secretive New York-based designer behind Pitt’s much-discussed look as the brand has no website, email, or phone number, is not carried in stores, and operates on a “referral-only” business model, according to GQ.
At the Los Angeles premier of the film on Monday evening, Pitt was asked by Variety why he’d chosen to make the fashion statement, to which he replied, “I don’t know! We’re all going to die, so let’s mess it up.” But at the Berlin premiere, he offered a slightly different response to the meaning behind his look. When asked by a reporter at the time why he chose the garment, he replied simply, “Breeze,” per the Wall Street Journal. A sensible response given Europe’s current record-breaking heatwave.
This isn’t even the first time the actor has opted to wear a look with a little more breathability. Back in 1999, he did a cover shoot for Rolling Stone in conjunction with the release of Fight Club in which he modeled a number of high-end women’s dresses and skirts. And Pitt also isn’t the only high-profile skirt-lover in Hollywood as a number of male stars, including Harry Styles and Oscar Isaac, have also recently started incorporating the garment into their red carpet style.
But while he may be taking risks with his wardrobe, Pitt confessed to Variety that when it comes to the more daredevil feats you see on-screen, he prefers to leave that up to the professionals. He explained, “I try to get out of it. I love a stuntman. This one was action-comedy, something I’ve never done before. David [Leitch, the director] and I had always been big fans of Jackie Chan. We’d been talking about him for decades. He’s kind of our Buster Keaton. He’s so talented and underrated even. Just to do something in that direction was what was really appealing to me.” The actor added that while he “certainly went home and went, ‘Owwwww,’” plenty of nights, he was thankfully able to avoid any serious injury.”