January. For most people it’s an inordinately long month of dark, grey days, regretting your pre-Christmas excesses and counting down the days to pay day. If you happen to be an A-list actor or part of the international fashion set, however, it’s a month of jetting from glamorous city to glamorous city and award ceremonies to catwalk shows. From red carpets to the front row, here are the men to be taking your style lessons from this month…
The month kicked off with the enormous film and fashion spectacle that was the Golden Globes – and, we’re pleased to say, the Brits were represented in fine form. Of particular note was Andrew Scott, who made his Golden Globes debut in head to toe Paul Smith – opting for an ivory jacket and bow tie instead of the classic black.
If you can’t rely on Bond to turn up properly suited and booted then who can you trust? Daniel Craig cut a fine figure at the Golden Globes in a double-breasted tux from bespoke Savile Row tailor Anderson & Sheppard. It’s a look we don’t often see from Craig but one we can all agree he is more than capable of pulling off.
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio
These two Hollywood legends offered up a masterclass in classic black tie tailoring as they took to the stage at the Golden Globes. Fan of a waistcoat? Channel your inner Pitt, who opted for a three-piece peak-lapelled tux from Brioni. Alternatively DiCaprio’s satin shawl collared number from Giorgio Armani cuts a smart figure with softer silhouette.
Fresh off the plane after fulfilling his Golden Globe duties as Mr Taylor Swift, Joe Alwyn opted for a suitably black-on-black ensemble at the launch of Tom Ford’s Beau de Jour fragrance launch. True, a black leather blazer is a tough piece to pull off – and it’s certainly not for everyone – but by keeping things simple Alwyn makes it work.
Tailored trousers with New Balances and a bomber jacket emblazoned with a giant dog? Okay, yes, it may take Way’s next-level model looks for this to err on the right side of stylish. The lesson you should be taking here is this: if you’re going to wear a loud statement piece pair it with block colour neutrals so it acts as a focal point for your outfit. Also, grandad glasses are back.
Okay, the bow tie could do with straightening but Egerton is in our style good books for stepping outside the black wool tux box at the Screen Actors Guild awards. Instead he chose a grey velvet tux with contrast shawl collar from Brunello Cucinelli for the occasion. Also note the black shirt buttons which emphasise the flattering cut of the jacket. It’s all in the details gents.
Proving that, like a fine wine, true style just gets better with age, Ian McKellen attended the Paul Smith 50th anniversary dinner in Paris in a frankly killer check suit. Bonus points for the flash of colourful sock, choosing something more interesting than a plain white shirt and that fantastic shade of coat lining.
A more youthful take on checks, actor Gwilym Lee attended the Paul Smith dinner in classic tartan trousers paired with a navy turtleneck and dark green suede bomber jacket. This is a quintessential lesson in how pairing timeless pieces well can elevate a look to more than the sum of its parts.
Daniel Craig didn’t convince you? Maybe Niall Horan’s double-breasted pinstripe suit will be enough to make you reconsider the cut. Adding a thin-knit sweater, rather than a collared shirt, gives this outfit a more relaxed edge perfect for those tricky casual Friday dress codes.
These were the best dressed men at the Golden Globes…
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