It says a lot about Aaron Tveit’s inherent likeability that he first came to the world’s attention as a slimy, adulterous politician (in Gossip Girl), then an aggressive political activist (in Les Miserables) and yet is still seen as your quintessential, clean-cut American guy. Perhaps his role as a violent, gun-wielding kidnapper in the just-released psychological thriller Big Sky will add to the darkness of his on-screen persona (the New York Times certainly seemed to think so when praising his performance) but in real life the New York born actor is as sunny and thoughtful as you’d expect - he’s even brought his own clippers to our shoot in case a trim might be in order.
As FBI rookie Mike Warren in TV hit Graceland Aaron gets to flex his action muscles, but early next year he’ll be revisiting his Broadway roots playing Danny Zuko in the televised production of Grease: Live. And, if his balance of tough-guy and all-singing-all-dancing entertainer seems effortless, that’s because the 32 year old learned from the best, ‘A natural inspiration for me is Hugh Jackman, he’s someone who I’ve worked with and gotten to know’ Aaron says of his Les Mis co-star. ‘He’s the greatest guy, who has really been able to navigate keeping separate the worlds of on-stage musical talent to what he does playing Wolverine and other big films, and everyone believes in him, in every venue. That’s something I aspire to.’
Having arrived at the shoot dressed in a beaten white tee, denim shorts and classic Nike sneakers, Aaron is nonetheless more than game for dressing up in this season’s most fashion-forward coats, ‘I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda guy. But I do like the opportunity to dress outside of my comfort zone.’ And as he did, we managed to persuade him to share some of his own style secrets…
By Tony Cook
Aaron Tveit’s Life and Style Tips
Go hell for leather
Aaron’s co-stars in Grease: Live are Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens, but there’s another reason he’s excited for the role - the amazing Fifties costumes. ‘I have a leather jacket that I bought in 2007 and still wear’ he enthuses. ‘That was my first big designer purchase.’Coat by Jil Sander from Carson Street Clothiers, Hoodie by N.Hoolywood from Carson Street Clothiers , Trousers by Ann Demeulemeester from Hirshleifers, Trainers by Ann Demeulemeester from Atelier NY. Coming Soon
Embrace New York Style
Although a lot of Aaron’s schedule demands West Coast locations, the Big Apple is where he calls home, and serves as a continual source for sartorial inspiration. ‘The fashion here is interesting’ he acknowledges. ‘It’s a dressy kind of casual. People take pride in what they wear, putting as much thought into it as they would if dressing up. I’ve definitely been influenced [by that] living in New York City.’Coat by Ann Demeulemeester Grise from Nike Via Verdi, T-shirt by ATM from Forty Five Ten, Trousers by Yang Li from Atelier NY, Trainers by Want Les Essentiels de la Vie from Carson Street Clothiers
Invest in a Classic
‘Fashion changes, it comes and goes, but a classic like this (a Jil Sander cashmere camel number from Carson Street Clothiers to be precise) will change with whatever is going on around it. You can throw it over hoodies and sweats, dress it up or dress it down.’ And he suggests having a load of good basics to hand too. ‘I love Rag and Bone, I have a couple of their hoodies and basics, really nice jerseys and t-shirts that are comfortable and work really well.’Coat by Paul Smith from Nike Via Verdi, Sweater by Jil Sander from Carson Street Clothiers , Trousers by Marc Jacobs from Atelier NY
Find inspiration close to home
Naturally Aaron holds his fellow men of the silver screen in high regard - and not only their acting abilities but their style savvy too. ‘Someone like Ryan Gosling is very well put together. He can put on a suit or a very high fashion outfit, but at the same time you can see him walking down the street in jeans and a t-shirt. But it’s always very specific to him, and I admire that.’Coat by AMI Alexandre Mattiussi from Bungalow Gallery, Long Sleeve T-shirt by AMI Alexandre Mattiussi from Carson Street Clothiers, Trousers by Yohji Yamamoto from Henrik Vibskov , Trainers by Rick Owens from Stefania Mode
Pay attention to the details
While filming Les Miserables in London, Aaron was inspired by how the Brits pay particular attention to one garment - or rather - undergarment. ‘British guys' sock game is really on point!’ he says, ‘Colourful socks, how it worked with their trainers and pants and lots of other very small details. I’ve tried to take that from them.’Coat by Stephan Schneider from Browns, T-shirt by Issey Miyake Homme Plisse from ØDD, Trousers by Marc Jacobs from Atelier NY, Trainers by Rick Owens from Tessabit
Aaron appears in Graceland Series 3, available on Netflix. Grease: Live airing January 31st 2016 on Fox Television Network and in Big Sky, available to download from iTunes now.
Photography: Thomas Giddings. Styling: Tony Cook, Farfetch Menswear Editor. Grooming: Natasha Leibel.