Even in retirement, actor Daniel Day-Lewis has managed to portray many stylish characters. Since bowing out from Hollywood after 2017’s Phantom Thread (which was, coincidentally or not, a fashion movie), the three-time Oscar winner has embodied a workwear god, a cosmopolitan wrangler, and a post-swag king. His latest role? A ruggedly esteemed sophisticate.

On a recent evening in New York City, Day-Lewis made a rare public appearance to present Martin Scorsese with the National Board of Review Award for Best Director. He arrived at Cipriani’s ornate Midtown venue in a characteristically idiosyncratic formal getup: a velvety, navy-hued corduroy suit layered over a wine-red, floral-patterned Rafter C Western shirt from the Texas retailer Cavender’s. He accessorized with his usual accouterments—cowboyish leather belt, lace-up Nicks work boots, and geometric-print kerchief rakishly knotted around his neck—and sported his usual gray buzzcut (save for his brush with rumpled, chin-length waves this past spring).

Daniel DayLewis and Martin Scorsese in New York City on January 11.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Martin Scorsese in New York City on January 11.

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Day-Lewis posed for photos with Scorsese—who directed the actor in 1993’s The Age of Innocence and 2002’s Gangs of New York—as well as attendees Patti Smith and Zac Efron, whose inky velvet Brioni jacket glimmered alongside Day-Lewis’s sheeny cords. Come to think of it, we have been seeing more velvet on red carpets lately—and perhaps those soft-pile suits aren’t the only ones coming out of retirement.

Daniel DayLewis and Zac Efron in their respective velvety ensembles. Wow

Daniel Day-Lewis and Zac Efron, in their respective velvety ensembles. Wow!

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“We did two films together and it’s one of the greatest experiences of my life, I must say,” Scorsese said of Day-Lewis during his acceptance speech, per Variety. “Maybe there’s time for one more. Maybe! He’s the best.” One can dream!

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