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The Sharpest Men Of The Month

Messrs Harry Styles, Michael Fassbender, Roger Federer and our other favourites out and about in October

As Mr Leonardo da Vinci is noted to have said: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. In his case, it may have been a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of pronouncement – after all, he was designing helicopters with one hand while painting deathless masterpieces with the other. But all of our best-dressed candidates this month pretty much hew to this assertion, whether they’re paring down red-carpet wear to the most elegant essentials, or accentuating ease and effortlessness in casual ensembles. Scroll down to discover October’s Renaissance men.

MR MICHAEL FASSBENDER

  • Mr Michael Fassbender at the UK premiere of The Light Between Oceans, London, 19 October. Photograph by Mr Mike Marsland/Getty Images

Mr Fassbender is known for his intensity – you’d study one of his fervid performances for a long time before the words “bright” and “breezy” came to mind – and he recently confessed to being a worrywart. A pleasant surprise, then, to find him bestriding the red carpet at the UK premiere of his new film The Light Between Oceans with such nonchalant ease. His sang-froid is facilitated by the pin-sharp fit of his suit – witness the nipped-in waist and pegged perfection of that trouser break – and the judicious accessories, from the just-so polka-dot pocket square to the sprezzatura slouch of the burgundy skinny tie. All that, and a smile that says: “I might just be ready for the lead in the next Farrelly Brothers’ gross-out extravaganza…”

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  • Ermenegildo Zegna Blue Slim-Fit Checked Wool Suit

  • Charvet 5cm Knitted Silk Tie

MR ROBERT PATTINSON

  • Mr Robert Pattinson in New York, 16 October. Photograph by Goff Photos

No one, but no one, does the whole off-duty-actor-mufti thing with as much elan as Mr Pattinson. Along with his textbook “resting stubble”, he’s assembled the definitive in-transit-between-brunch-and-agent’s-office outfit, from the beanie and the Mr John Lennon-style shades to the on-trend bomber and artfully untucked shirt, down to the rolled-up, forest green chinos. Would-be movie stars, look and learn: a don’t-notice-me look as impeccable as this will get you avidly, comprehensively, and maybe even Oscar-contender noticed.

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  • AMI Wool Bomber Jacket

  • Dries Van Noten Round-Frame Acetate and Silver-Tone Sunglasses

MR EDDIE REDMAYNE

  • Mr Eddie Redmayne at the London Film Festival, 13 October. Photograph by Mr David Fisher/REX Shutterstock

Now here’s a hold-the-front-page-worthy item to stand up there with Man Bites Dog – namely, Mr Redmayne attends photocall in something other than an immaculate suit-and-tie combo. But of course, the multiple best-dressed list denizen wouldn’t do casual in the way that any mere mortal would. He’ll wear a character knit of unimpeachable fit that’s germane to the movie in question (Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them, Ms JK Rowling’s latest dispatch from the Ministry of Magic), and he’ll prep it up with an Oxford shirt, low-slung chinos and box-fresh Gucci sneakers. Granted, it’s a look that’s playful, but it will never get him mistaken for a CBeebies presenter. In fact, it’s wizard.

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  • Michael Bastian Pluto Intarsia Cashmere Sweater

  • Gucci Ace Crocodile-Trimmed Leather Sneakers

MR HARRY STYLES

  • Mr Harry Styles at the Another Man x Dior party, London, 6 October. Photograph by Xposure Photos

Here at MR PORTER, we’ve noticed a micro-trend that’s been gaining ground of late: one that we can only call “a la Mr Alex Turner.” The Arctic Monkeys/Last Shadow Puppets frontman’s slicked-back Americana style has been co-opted by movers and shakers as diverse as Lady Gaga and the actor and director Mr Craig Roberts. Now it’s Mr Harry Styles’ turn to wax lyrical with his reconfigured quiff-tastic barnet (just a gravitational pull away from sporting Mr Turner’s patented “elephant’s trunk” cowlick), topping off a “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” approach to eveningwear: a skinny tuxedo accessorised with a navel-slashed shirt, a pair of Chelsea boots, and an arsenal of rings. We’d say Mr Styles is a shoo-in for the Turner Prize.

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  • Giorgio Armani Black Slim-Fit Silk-Trimmed Virgin Wool Tuxedo

  • SAINT LAURENT Velvet Boots

MR JOE ALWYN

  • Mr Joe Alwyn at the New York Film Festival, 14 October. Photograph by REX Shutterstock

Mr Alwyn may be a novice when it comes to movies – the young Londoner was selected by Mr Ang Lee to play the title role of a Texan Iraq War veteran in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk alongside Mr Steve Martin and Ms Kristen Stewart despite never having acted in front of a camera before. But as was evident at the film’s New York premiere, the 25-year-old is already a master of style, forsaking the standard black suit for a seasonally appropriate and daring deep maroon, and the obligatory white shirt for a characterful cream check. Add in some sharp loafers and a solid tie, and it’s looking like a Mr Alwyn-win situation.

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  • Boglioli Red Slim-Fit Wool Blazer

  • TOM FORD Wessex Leather Monk-Strap Shoes

MR JOHANNES HUEBL

  • Mr Johannes Huebl at the Christian Dior SS17 in Paris, 30 September. Photograph by Mr Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Dior

By now, there are certain immutable laws in the mens’ style firmament: pinkie rings, yes; septum rings, no. Those fake tuxedo T-shirts don’t work, even meta-ironically in the farthest reaches of Hackney, and Mr Huebl will always look beyond dapper in a suit, as he does here, at the Dior show during Paris Fashion Week. What makes Mr Huebl stand out? Custom cut, of course (remember, fitted is good, snug is dicey, and tight is just wrong); cloth – in this instance, a flattering mid-blue with a slight mohair-type sheen; and accessories, from the patterned pocket square to double-monks with a patina of almost combustible lustre. And props to Mr Huebl for getting in early on the Movember action.

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  • Etro Blue Slim-Fit Wool-Blend Tweed Blazer

  • Drake's 8cm Polka-Dot Silk-Twill Tie

MR RALPH FIENNES

  • Mr Ralph Fiennes at the Rome Film Festival, 22 October. Photograph by WENN.com

He’s pictured at a special screening at the Rome Film Festival honouring the 20th anniversary of The English Patient, but Mr Fiennes shows that, style-wise, he’s in the rudest of rude health. His subsequent turn as M in the James Bond franchise has obviously given him a taste for redoubtable tailoring, as this supremely elegant grey DB attests, but he elevates the look from captain of industry to captain fantastic with the simple addition of a spruce-patterned scarf. As with Mr Fiennes’ recent transcendental Sir Mick Jagger dad-dance in A Bigger Splash, this outfit is a real showstopper.

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  • Prada Grey Slim-Fit Double-Breasted Super 120s Wool-Flannel Blazer

  • Etro Paisley-Print Wool and Silk-Blend Scarf

MR ROGER FEDERER

  • Mr Roger Federer at the Chanel SS17 show, Paris, 4 October. Photograph by Flynet Pictures

Unlike his preternatural on-court poise, Mr Federer has made a few style mishits – remember the gold-trimmed white cardigan and matching military-style jacket at Wimbledon in 2009? But here, at the Chanel show during Paris fashion week, he eradicates those unforced errors in an ensemble that belies the initial monochrome impression with a colour combination as subtle as one of his finely spun drop shots: slate grey suit, maroon rollneck and appropriately autumnal aviators. He may be sitting out the rest of the season, but at least he’s sitting pretty, and we certainly don’t mean that as a backhanded compliment.

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  • Boglioli Blue Dover Slim-Fit Virgin Wool Suit

  • Incotex Popcorn-Stitch Wool Rollneck Sweater

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