How Rami Malek Got Ready for the 2016 Golden Globes with Stylist Ilaria Urbinati


Rami Malek, 34-year-old actor in the hit show Mr. Robot, had a huge night at the Golden Globes. It was his first big awards show (not to mention his first day on Instagram), he was nominated for Best Performance, Mr. Robot won Best Television Series in the drama category, and he killed it on the red carpet. Lending a hand with that last and very important bit was Malek’s stylist, Ilaria Urbinati, who helped him select the elegant Dior Homme tux he wore to the show. Urbinati is ago-to stylist for a lot Hollywood's leading men and founded the cult-loved L.A. store Confederacy back in the day (RIP). Here, she shares the play-by-play of how everything went down.

Role Call

“I usually have three or four assistants during awards season, but today it's just Cassy and I! Between the two of us we have five clients to get ready: Rami, Boyd Holbrook from Narcos, Chris Evans, who is presenting, and then Nina Dobrev and Krysten Ritter for the after-parties.”

The Secret Weapon

“I had to make three stops at my long-time tailor Ella's shop today for final tweaks. They stay open on Sunday just for big awards shows. I don't know what I would do without these ladies. Ella is on my speed dial right below my husband.”

Taking Inventory

“We start the day at my studio going over everything. We do what we call "the head to toe" to make sure we have everything for each person, from the neckwear and cufflinks to the socks. These are the three tuxes for Rami, Chris, and Boyd. We put plastic on everything to keep it in perfect shape.”

Welcome Party


“Rami was in such a good, chill mood. He didn't seem nervous at all, which is pretty amazing for someone going as a nominee to his very first awards show. He couldn't be a sweeter, funnier, more gracious guy.”

Doubling Down

“This is Rami saying 'Got some lottery tickets in case things don't work out tonight'.”

Mom Vibes

“His mom put out this whole spread of food and champagne, it was really sweet! Of course it's L.A. and everyone has to drive so no one was drinking—except me, I had to have at one glass to decompress from the hectic day.”

The Furnishings

“These Dior studs were so tiny; we were sweating trying to screw them on! I always aim to keep the cufflinks, watch, and studs all in the same colors and metals. The bowtie was a self tie which we sewed in place. It’s one less thing to stress about at the last minute.”

Flower Power

“The finishing touch, which I decided on the day before, was the Lanvin flower pin.”

Keeping it Classic


“We tried on several gorgeous tux shoes but decided to stick with this pair from Dior because they were the most perfect shape—not too round, not too pointy. And I always always go for patent with a tux.”

Wrinkle Release


“I always have the tux and shirt pressed beforehand but I like to give it a little touch up with my portable steamer right before it goes on, just to make it perfect. For the breast pocket of a tux I usually like a pouf over a square. I find it more elegant and formal.”

Almost Time


“We picked this Montblanc watch because of the simple dial. I love that it’s so clean and just a little bit mod.”

The Hair


“We had such a tight window of time so I got Rami dressed before Lauren Kaye Cohen and Christine Nelli, the groomers, even arrived. He couldn't sit down to get his hair done because I didn't want him getting wrinkled.”

Last Call


“Once he was all ready, Rami was feeling good. That's all I can ever really hope for. He told me he loved the tux so much he wants to get married in it someday.”

En Route


“Usually it's the actor who runs late, but Rami was right on schedule and he was trying to hustle his whole family into the car. I helped his mom with her dress and made him take his jacket off in the car so it wouldn't get wrinkled.”

On the Red Carpet

Photo: Kevork Djansezian

Photo: Kevork Djansezian

"Rami has a lot of fun with the whole process of getting styled, which of course makes it fun and more creative for me. It's a great, collaborative thing. I love working with people like him."