‘Succession’ Is a Show About Jackets Now

For all his postmarked blood and danks memes, Lukas Mattsson’s actual superpower on the fourth and last season of HBO’s Succession is the way in which he’s moved the needle on jackets. Overlook who’s going to succeed titan-of-industry Logan Roy as the following CEO of Waystar Royco. Who’s going to outdo the Swedish tech edgelord’s inexplicable outerwear? 

If the final three episodes are any indication, it’s a toss-up: Days after their father’s demise, the Roy youngsters skedaddle to Norway to fulfill Alexander Skarsgård’s Mattsson, the would-be purchaser of their household enterprise, on his firm retreat, organising a showdown between Mattsson’s “Scandinavian Evil Kermit” Fjällräven anorak and Shiv Roy’s bonkers down-puffer-meets-plaid-trench-coat from Mackage. (Shiv received that spherical on stupefaction alone.) Then, Kendall Roy has customized Prime Gun flight jackets made for him and his co-CEO brother Roman to put on throughout an enormous presentation at a tech convention in LA. Everybody appears to be dressing by means of it.

However in Sunday’s episode seven, the entire gang gathers at Shiv and Tom’s icy Tribeca triplex for an Election-Day-eve social gathering, the place Shiv advises Mattsson to come back mingle with the varied legacy-media doyens and political “thought leaders” in attendance. Mattsson, because the towering HR nightmare that he’s, doesn’t settle for this invitation with out protest: he enters the social gathering—throughout a second of silence for not too long ago departed Logan Roy, no much less—carrying the loudest, weirdest jacket possible.

Lukas Mattsson (Alexander Skarsgård) and his jacket on Succession.Courtesy of David M. Russell for HBO

It’s exhausting to think about Mattsson going right into a retailer to purchase something, a lot much less this weirdly plush, burnout velvet jacket from the Japanese streetwear model Needles—it’s extra doubtless that he despatched considered one of his cronies to Très Bien in Malmö with a mission to purchase the silliest factor they might discover. However as Skarsgård informed The Hollywood Reporter, Mattsson’s presence on the shindig wanted to really feel “like throwing a golden hand grenade right into a room of grey fits. Therefore the golden jacket.” (That stated, it wasn’t all grey fits: Kendall was carrying considered one of his normal Tom Ford nappa leather-based numbers.)

“I needed one thing eccentric and loopy when it got here to the jacket, one thing that basically stood out, as a result of the Roys are at all times so understated,” the actor additionally informed Vulture, including that he labored with costume designer Jonathan Schwartz to seek out simply the suitable one. “It’s that sort of elegant, downplayed, very, very costly, however no logos, nothing ostentatious as a result of it’s cheesy. I needed to present {that a} massive ‘fuck you’ and stroll in carrying one thing utterly completely different.”

(The truth that Mattsson paired this diabolical garment with a pair of Kyrie Irving Nikes feels…pointed.)

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