Men's Fashion

Top 5 Male Style Icons | Jamie Tuohy

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Mark Twain once said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society” and when it comes to the potent power of apparel, the men on our list have enjoyed mighty and stylish reigns as all-round fashion kings. From 50s movie stars to 21st century supermodels, we take a look at some of the century’s best-dressed gents and pay homage to their supreme style.

Steve McQueen

Topping every style icon list, it may be predictable to include Steve McQueen in this line-up, but to leave him out would be nonsensical and frankly blasphemous. The anti-hero of American film has become immortalised as one of the big screen’s best-dressed stars thanks to his rugged and masculine style. A keen motorbike racer, McQueen was at his best in a sports jacket, a classic white t-shirt and denims, paired with aviator shades, but effortlessly made the transition into a slim-fit tailored suit when the occasion called for it. For “The King of Cool”, style was all about purpose, masculinity and the right amount of nonchalance.

David Gandy

Unquestionably, David Gandy is the world’s most influential male model and most likely, he is the best-dressed of the sculpted bunch. Far be it for me to dish out the imperatives, but dare I say; this is how a man should dress! Gandy’s style is utterly timeless. With the cursive masculinity of the old Hollywood greats, combined with his own modern attention to detail, David Gandy is an all-encompassing style aficionado, who couldn’t put a foot wrong if he tried.

Nick Wooster

Nick Wooster is an internet sensation and probably one of the first original street-style icons. The Fashion Advisor for Gilt and Park & Bond favours brands with a heritage or lineage and the idea of the uniform is central to Wooster’s look. For this style king, his Zippo lighter is just as important as a tailored jacket and as the ‘bad ass’ of men’s fashion, Nick Wooster is an undisputed 21st century style icon. He combines classic tailoring with militarism and that impressive moustache to create a distinctly personal and innovative look.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford is one of those annoyingly talented guys. Not only did he save Gucci from bankruptcy, serve as the Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent, and create a successful eponymous clothing line, but he also directed the stunningly-beautiful, Oscar-nominated movie, A Single Man. Oh and along the way, he cemented his own status as a style icon. Tom has said that he favours classic simplicity and when it comes to his beloved suit, he always wears one that gives him broad shoulders, a fitted waist and long legs. A sartorial success if ever there was one.

James Dean

Striving for originality, just like with Steve McQueen, I tried my best to ignore James Dean, but let’s face it, when something’s good, it’s good and there’s no denying or ignoring it. And James Dean, in all is rebellious goodness is certainly an unavoidable tour-de-force. The impossibly handsome star achieved fame in his short lifetime, but it was only posthumously that Dean was fully recognised as a style sage. The original Rebel Without a Cause epitomised effortless dressing – shedding any superfluous items and keeping his aesthetic minimalist, original and impossibly cool.

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The Winners: GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012 | Jamie Tuohy

London’s Royal Opera House was the venue for the 2012 GQ Men of the Year awards last night, as the great and the good of the showbiz word descended on the venue for the annual ceremony.

Katherine Jenkins, Tinie Tempah, Lana Del Ray, Gary Barlow, David Gandy, Jessie J and a plethora of famous faces were out in force to celebrate the awards which recognise the contributions of various different men from the worlds of politics and entertainment.

Katherine Jenkins turned heads in a risqué Stella McCartney gown and despite the night being all about the gentlemen, her arrival caused a flurry of photographers to furiously snap her every move, as she emerged for the first time, in the wake of the allegations of her affair with David Beckham.

Katherine vehemently denied the reports and looked sensational in her black dress – even if cyclist Victoria Pendleton did have a near identical one on, albeit in a shorter version.

Amidst the high octane glamour of Jessie J, Katherine Jenkins and Kelly Brook et al, Lana Del Rey dazzled in a white satin dress and was awarded Woman of the Year.

Last year’s most stylish man and all round GQ favourite Tinie Tempah secured the award for Solo Artist of the Year, but relinquished his most Stylish Man of the Year accolade to X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary.

Dermot (whose style I will coincidentally be blogging about in the next few days) scooped the Most Stylish prize for being, “the best-suited male on primetime television” and for his championing of British tailoring.

It was a good night for Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, who both walked home with awards – Outstanding Achievement and Icon respectively.

Sir Salman Rushdie was crowned GQ’s Inspiration and the Legend accolade went to Sir Tom Jones.

Irish actor Michael Fassbender rounded off his successful year by scooping the Actor of the Year award, following his performances in movies such as Prometheus and Shame.

The awards, which were hosted by comedians Jimmy Carr and David Walliams, also saw Dolce and Gabbana winning Designer of the Year, Sacha Baron Cohen walking away with Comedian of the Year, following his movie The Dictator and Bradley Wiggins winning the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams won Team of the Year for 2012 and were represented by the likes of Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton, Sir Chris Hoy.

Check out a full list of the winners below:

Team Of The Year: Team GB

International Breakthrough Award: Chris Hemsworth

International Man Of The Year: John Slattery

Solo Artist Of The Year: Tinie Tempah

Actor Of The Year: Michael Fassbender

TV Personality Of The Year: Damian Lewis

Comedian Of The Year: Sacha Baron Cohen

Tanqueray Most Stylish Man: Dermot O’Leary

Designers Of The Year: Dolce & Gabbana

Entrepreneurs Of The Year: – Chris Corbin and Jeremy King

Chef Of The Year: Wolfgang Puck

Writer of the Year: Aaron Sorkin

Politician of the Year: Boris Johnson

Alfred Dunhill Cultural Icon: Thomas Heatherwick

Editor’s Special Award: James Corden

Woman Of The Year: Lana Del Rey

Icon Award: Robbie Williams

Inspiration Award: Sir Salman Rushdie

Legend Award: Sir Tom Jones

Outstanding Achievement: Gary Barlow

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bradley Wiggins

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“Commeth the hour, commeth the man” – Jamie Tuohy

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Gentlemen, for years we have been on the receiving end of fashion’s perfunctory tokenism; with only one day at London Fashion Week dedicated to Menswear. Amidst the tottering of Christian Louboutins and champagne-sipping, haute couture clad fashionistas exists Men’s Day. Essentially, it’s a few hours in which designers showcase their male threads, before turning their attention back to Kate Moss and her crew. Now don’t get me wrong, it is a VERY nice crew, but I can’t help but feel that us guys are fashion’s l’esprit d’escalier – a nice afterthought when all the fun and games have finished. Well, gents, the fashion pack have listened and the time has come to raise your beer bottles or/and scotch filled tumblers at the news that London’s first EVER Men’s Fashion Week will take place from June 14th to 17th.

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Christopher Bailey

Following in the footsteps of Paris and Milan, where men have long enjoyed their own fashion weeks, on 14th June 2012, HRH The Prince of Wales will host a reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate the launch of LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN. Far be it for me to question the mathematical logistics of the event, it appears that it is more of a weekend than a fully blown, week-long extravaganza. However, with names like GQ Editor Dylan Jones, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, model David Gandy and rapper Tinie Tempah on the committee, if it’s being billed as a week, then a week it is! LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN officially begins on 15th June and will feature the very best in British designers, with a few Irish names thrown in to the mix. The British Fashion Council has said that the event is “a development of the Men’s day at London Fashion Week” and each showcase will be embedded into the city’s cultural programme.

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David Gandy

LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN will open on Friday 15th June with shows from Steven Webster, Burberry and Oliver Spencer, before Saturday’s highlights, including Jonathan Saunders, RAKE and Belstaff. Sunday’s finale will see the likes of Christopher Kane and Richard Nicholl previewing their SS’13 collections and the day’s proceedings will be opened by Irish designer J.W. Anderson. There are a few invite-only gatherings taking place, with dinners being thrown by Tommy Hilfiger, Mr Porter and Tom Ford, just a selection of the weekend’s highly exclusive soirees. However, the large majority of the shows will be in The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, Covent Garden and are open to the general public. As well as featuring the usual high-end designers, LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN will be championing the newest names in menswear and the 3 day showcase will allow fashion’s newest talents to earn their stripes on the international stage.

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Christopher Kane

With the first ever Men’s Fashion Week in London in the coming weeks, the Olympics beckoning and sound of music festivals on the horizon, the city is set to be a hive of activity for the summer months. Preceding the rest of the bi-annual European Menswear fashion weeks, LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN will kick-start the men’s fashion calendar. As fashion becomes more egalitarian and pays homage to us gents, a host of stars are set to turn up for the event’s launch on June 14th, and I’m sure none of us guys will object to “Kate Moss and her crew” making an appearance. Punctuated by style, sport and music, London really is the place to be for summer 2012.

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J.W. Anderson

For more information on London’s first Men’s Fashion Week, check out http://www.londoncollections.co.uk/men/schedule.aspx for a full schedule on the events and shows taking place.

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