The Best-Dressed Men Of The Month

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The Best-Dressed Men Of The Month

Words by Mr Chris Elvidge

2 February 2017

From Mr Rami Malek to Mr Andrew Garfield, our global roundup of who wore it well in January.

January is the biggest month in menswear, with major fashion shows – and all of the attendant glitzy parties – taking place in the industry capitals of London, Milan, Paris and New York. It’s also the second biggest month in the Hollywood calendar, with the Golden Globes heralding the beginning of “awards season” proper, which culminates with the Oscars on 25 February. In short, it’s weeks of parties that punch well above their weight, providing celebrities and style setters with more than their usual quota of opportunities to show off their good sartorial judgement. But which eight men made the most of these opportunities this January?

Although he was born and raised in California, Mr Milo Ventimiglia has Italian roots, and shares a surname with a small town on the Ligurian Coast. And the 39-year-old actor exudes all of the qualities associated with the Italian Riviera – elegance, old-world charm, and a timeless sense of style. They’re all on show in this picture, which captures him on the red carpet just before entering the Golden Globes ceremony in LA. And so to the particulars: the slim-fit, midnight-blue tuxedo complete with swooping satin shawl lapel is Ralph Lauren; the raffish, Gatsbyesque moustache, the model’s own. Mr Ventimiglia might have left empty-handed on the night – the NBC drama series that he stars in, This Is Us, received a nomination but lost out to The Crown – but he can take solace from the fact that he was a style winner in our eyes.

Here’s Mr David Beckham attending the Louis Vuitton men’s fashion show in Paris, an event that was notable for featuring a range of monogrammed luggage, clothes and accessories designed in collaboration with none other than the cult skate brand, Supreme. Notable how, you ask? Well, it was Supreme, let’s not forget, that was once accused of copying the Parisian luxury brand’s iconic monogram logo, a flagrant act of copyright infringement that prompted a cease-and-desist order from LVMH’s legal team. Now, the two brands are collaborating. What’s going on? Is this the point at which the twin worlds of streetwear and luxury finally merge? These are confusing times indeed. It makes us glad that we have the perennially stylish Mr Beckham, our lodestar to guide us through the darkest of nights. This combination of slouchy oatmeal sweater, relaxed-fit trousers (just like his wife’s) and LV-monogrammed sneakers was a slightly more casual look than we’re used to, but it delivered a serious dose of that clean-cut, Beckhamesque cool that has become his calling card. And it looked great sat next to Ms Kate Moss on the front row.

Here’s a picture of Mr Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, looking exceedingly smart (and not at all childish) at last month’s Golden Globes ceremony in LA. It was a successful night for the actor, rapper, DJ, screenwriter and general 21st-century Renaissance man, who picked up two gongs from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his semi-autobiographical comedy-drama series, Atlanta. The twin golden statuettes (not pictured) looked so good against his tobacco-brown velvet suit – which was custom-made for him by Gucci – that it’s tempting to think that he chose to wear it assuming that he would win, even if his somewhat off-the-cuff acceptance speech suggested otherwise. Whatever the case, this is a suit that hardly required accessories to shine – a burgundy satin bow tie and a pair of patent-leather dress shoes being all that was required to create a look worthy of a double winner.

Here’s a crib-sheet on Mr Luka Sabbat, for those of you yet to meet this 18-year-old model, influencer, creative director, stylist, entrepreneur, et cetera, et cetera. Raised between Paris, New York and London, Mr Sabbat was exposed to the world of fashion from a young age, and recalls attending womenswear shows from as young as three years old with his mother, who was a stylist for Christian Dior and John Galliano. He grew up on skateboarding and Supreme, got into modelling “by accident” in his teens. Now, he rubs shoulders with an internet-famous coterie of cool kids – among them the Smith siblings, Jaden and Willow. He posts regularly to his 300k-plus Instagram followers, where he is rarely seen without a cigarette between his fingers and the hottest fashion labels – Gosha Rubchinskiy, Vetements, Balenciaga – on his back. As for what he’s wearing in this picture, the check overcoat is by Prada (as far as we can tell), the rollneck – which says “STYLE” in Russian on the neck – is by Heron Preston, and the sneakers are from an extremely hard-to-find collaboration between Nike and cult German label ACRONYM. In short, he’s young, cool and relevant, which is all anybody wants to be, really, isn’t it?

The Spanish supermodel (and ex-boyfriend of Aussie songstress Ms Kylie Minogue) Mr Andrés Velencoso is the face of Cerruti 1881, so it was no surprise to see him in attendance at the brand’s show in Paris last month. Naturally, he was wearing Cerruti – the AW16 collection, to be precise. In fact, he wore this exact combination of reversed shearling coat, navy rollneck and navy wool trousers in one of the images from the brand’s advertising campaign, which was shot by Mr Peter Lindbergh. What this is, then, is a picture of a man who is being paid to wear clothes that he didn’t choose. So why does he merit inclusion in our list of the best-dressed men of the month? Perhaps it’s something to do with the ease with which he pulled the whole thing off, looking more like a chic Parisian passer-by that happened to catch the eye of a roaming street-style photographer than an on-the-job clotheshorse. That’s a quality, sadly for most of us, that money can’t buy.

The recently Oscar-nominated Mr Andrew Garfield can be seen here leaving the studios of BBC Radio 2 shortly after making an appearance on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show to promote his new movie, Silence. That’s what the caption provided by the photo agency says, anyway. For all we know, he could be walking out of a betting shop (£5 on himself to win Best Actor? It’s worth a punt right now at 40-1, even if he did scoff when the word “Oscar” was mentioned during his exclusive interview with MR PORTER a couple of months ago). The photo caption doesn’t go into detail on what Mr Garfield was wearing, but don’t worry – that’s where we come in. It’s all about the camel coat here, a classic piece of outerwear that nevertheless needs to be handled with care. Our advice? Do as Mr Garfield does and opt for a low-key supporting cast, which should allow the coat plenty of room to shine. We particularly like the way that he’s broken up the navy of his chinos and vest with a pop of white from his shirt – and the Vans sneakers are a nice touch, too. As a rule, you really don’t want to combine too many standout pieces in a single look. Or too many standout performances in a single year. Awards season only happens once.

This is Mr Pierangelo Menci, a fresh-faced, relatively unknown actor who appears in Un passo dal cielo, a popular TV series in his native Italy. He appeared at a photocall in Rome last month for the show’s fourth series dressed in a style that we can only describe as a sort of post-apocalyptic chic: all dark, scorched-earth tones, heavy textures and unstructured shapes, rooted firmly to the ground with sturdy, well-worn leather boots. Throw a military-style parka on top and you’ve got a look that’s ready-made for the end of the world as we know it. Which, given the current global political climate, is perhaps something we should all make a point of keeping in our wardrobes.

Just a few short weeks ago, when Mr Rami Malek was featured in MR PORTER’s rundown of the most stylish men of 2016, we expressed a sincere hope that we would see a lot more of the young actor in the year to come. He did not keep us waiting for long. Here he is at the Dior Homme show in Paris last month in a monochrome masterpiece that proves that you don’t need block colour to stand out. Of note here are the contrasting graphic patterns on his shirt and sweater, which provide plenty to keep the eye occupied, and the peacoat, turned-up trousers and polished boots, which combine to push the look into distinctly military territory. For the record, Mr Malek isn’t just showing up at fashion shows these days; he’s also filming a new season of Mr Robot, due for release later this year, and (best of all) will soon appear as Mr Freddie Mercury in a Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Scaramouche!

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