Top Gun: Maverickthe sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise vehicle that’s been nearly four decades in the making, will be making its Cannes debut today, and the film’s cadre of hunky leads, Cruise among them, have gathered in balmy southern France for the occasion.
Before the big premiere this afternoon, the crew convened for a customary photocall at the Palais des Festivals. Fashion history has been made at Cannes before; you’ll recall this instantly legendary photo of the French Dispatch squad from last year. The Top Gun squad, meanwhile, comprised an uncanny catalog of basically all the major trends happening in menswear right now. There was, and there’s no other way to put this, a remarkable amount of dressing happening.
Count ’em off! First off, we’ve got Cruise in classic navy, tieless with a tousled mane, and a salt-and-pepper Jon Hamm, in a checked navy suit over a pastel pink shirt. Breezy, location-appropriate— check, check. But it’s the film’s younger stars who really got freaky with it. There’s Danny Ramirez, wearing the Fear-of-God-does-David-Byrne silhouette of the moment, and Greg Tarzan Davis, in gradient green trousers with a matching turtleneck. Glen Powell, in a dusty blue double-breasted suit. Jay Ellis in a pistachio-ice-cream-hued, flared-trouser look, and Lewis Pullman in a beltless khaki set with a nubby Chelsea boot.
And then there’s Miles Teller, whom Cruise hand-picked to play the son of Maverick’s late friend, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, in the film, in Rat Pack-y high-waisted trousers belted over a short-sleeve button-up printed with line drawings of hands and—brace yourself—excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel On the Road (eg, “I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future”).
If there’s at least one upside to Cruise, also a producer on the film, insisting that Maverick get a true theatrical release, it’s that the ensemble cast also get a true red carpet run. And they’re really making the most of their opportunity.