Stanfield is on the opposite coast, out in Los Angeles. Ragolia has an assistant out there—along with a massive rack of designer goods—who could be her hands on the ground. Ragolia would FaceTime into an iPad set up on a tripod. (She says getting to dress Stanfield remotely is just as fun as you would imagine it to be—her beaming smile in the corner of the FaceTime screenshots she sent over seems to confirm this.)
Over the last two weeks, Stanfield has cycled through everything from a black Prada kit to a silky Telfar top to a checkered Louis Vuitton jacket. One stand-out outfit is a booming Thom Browne trench, complete with knee-high boots. “No one on the Zoom is seeing that he is wearing to-the-knee boots, but it makes him feel good, and I love that,” Ragolia says. Stanfield made sure everyone saw the boots anyways, posting a short clip of the advanced-level look to his Instagram. One staple between outfits has been his beanie, tightly rolled and worn just above the ears, made by his friend’s label, Maybe Tomorrow. All of these looks were building towards his appearance last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. For that, Ragolia and Stanfield went for a big-time Gucci look: baby blue pants, a flowy unbuttoned white shirt, and a tan blazer.
Promoting movies from a rectangular video box isn’t something Stanfield and other actors ever expected to be doing. But that is the reality of this moment in time, and they’re all making the best of it. “At the end of the day, clothes are fun,” says Ragolia. “We’re all in a difficult situation, and it’s one that we are all sharing. Culture still matters; film and art still matter. So, why not still have fun with style?” And those of us watching are certainly glad Stanfield is still having a damn good time getting dressed—even if it’s just for Zoom.