Rourke rewrites red-carpet rules

Eclectic fashion choices are actor's forte

Mickey Rourke is, was and shall forever be the absolute opposite of a wallflower — and the same goes for his sense of style.

Since the release of his much-hyped comeback vehicle, “The Wrestler,” we’ve seen Rourke work the red carpet with renewed panache, sporting an array of eye-popping designer looks wild enough to KO even his flamboyant wrestler alter ego, Randy “the Ram” Robinson.

“He’s never been one for a classic black tuxedo,” says Michael Fisher, hired by Fox Searchlight to style Rourke for the “Wrestler” press tour.

Fisher, a former archivist to photographer Annie Leibovitz, earned his stripes working with uber-stylists Annabel Tollman, Rachel Zoe and Lori Goldstein and was set up with Rourke four months ago.

Unlike so many male stars, Rourke “likes to take chances on the red carpet,” Fisher says. “He has a look that’s all his own. Very masculine, put together and decadent.”

Rourke had never worked with a personal stylist prior to Fisher. Once he realized Fisher didn’t have a stylist’s “agenda” and was willing to help him express his own style, things went swimmingly. Rourke already had pre-existing relationships with certain labels, like Billionaire Couture (owned by Formula One mogul Flavio Briatore), and was keen to continue working with the company. Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana were also favored.

“Mickey likes wearing a three-piece suit with a tank top, to bring in his boxing aesthetic,” says Fisher.

For the SAG Awards, Rourke wore a sharkskin Dolce & Gabbana suit paired with a long sequined Maison Martin Margiela scarf. Never frightened to wear sunglasses at night, he sported a pair by Loree Rodkin that evening and is often seen wearing Sama’s Press sunglasses as well as classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers. “He likes his accessories, and that’s a rare trait to find in men,” Fisher says.

For the Golden Globes, Rourke chose a midnight-blue velvet dinner jacket by Billionaire Couture, worn with a long Stephen Webster pocket chain and an Etro pocket square. His burgundy velvet slippers, worn sans socks, were by shoe designer Jean-Michel Cazabat, with whom Rourke has a long-standing relationship. He also is a fan of Roberto Cavalli and Dolce shoes. “He loves his Italian designers,” Fisher explains.

For the L.A. premiere of “The Wrestler,” Rourke channeled King Midas, with a look by Billionaire Couture, composed of a gold jacket, amber waistcoat and a shirt the color of lemon pie. He was more muted for the BAFTAs in London (where he won the leading actor award) in a charcoal Dolce & Gabbana dinner jacket with cream piping and black silk shirt, livened up by a white belt and that swinging key chain.

And what about the all-important Oscars rug? Fisher is keeping the sartorial details under wraps but confirms Rourke is working with an avant-garde designer to create a look that’s sure to stand out. “For the Oscars, Mickey is definitely going to be Mickey,” he says.

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