A history of impeccable tailoring? Check! Stewards of all things pomp and circumstance? Check! An affinity and respect for tradition? Check, check! Pedagogues of refinement, dignity, class and proper etiquette? Check, check, check and check! Yes, my bow ties, you may be asking yourself what the hell does all mean?!? Well, it can only mean one thing, the end is near… for awards season that is!
Yes, we’ve traveled across the pond on a European excursion! And upon arrival, we had the pleasure of being introduced to the Oscar’s more distinguished version of himself who, in turn, has rolled out the royal red carpet while in the process reminding us all how a proper black-tie event should look. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s back… and it’s British. It’s the 2015
David Beckham British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs)!
As the last big award show before the Granddaddy of ’em all takes place, The BAFTAs certainly didn’t disappoint! As a country that defined bespoke tailoring with the rich tradition of Savile Row, expectations reached soaring heights (not really) when it came to finely tailored menswear. Staying true to tradition, the gentlemen in attendance studied, memorized, wrote down notes on a piece of paper, swallowed said paper, internalized and dressed the part for this formal occasion. Classic and timeless style proved to be the quintessential “look” of the night. I don’t know about you, but I for one am very pleased with this outcome. It’s nice to be reminded just how handsome a classic, simple look can be.
So how can one possibly go about choosing the best dressed gentlemen of the night when everyone is basically wearing the same outfit and turning the red carpet into a sea of black and midnight blue tuxedos? The answer is in the tailoring. And just as the Fashion Bible stipulates that every women should have a LBD (little black dress) in her wardrobe arsenal, I also believe that every man should have what I call a “PBT” or perfect black tuxedo… or suit in his wardrobe arsenal! The black tux/suit is versatile, timeless, simple and elegant. It’s a full proof fashion do!
Now, I know what some of you bow ties are thinking. Who won? What happened? Who gave the best speech? Well, I have absolutely no freakin’ clue! But, fear not, fear not! I will attempt to recap this magical night. Let’s see. Hmmm… how can I… Got it! It’s fairly simple really, the 2015 BAFTAs can be summed up with 1 person and in 5 words. Ready?
David Beckham. In a suit.
Yep… that’s it! I think that sums up the evening rather nicely. And, on that note, I will leave you bow ties with a quote that I live by day in and day out and also is befitting of the BAFTAs. Remember, whatever life throws at you, keep this quote close to your heart (beating underneath a finely tailored dress shirt of course):
“It doesn’t matter that you win an award, what truly matters is what you are wearing when you receive said award”.
And that my friends is a true mantra to live by. Genuine words of wisdom. Below, are my picks for The 2015 BAFTAs best dressed men. Enjoy!
First up, is Mr. Beckham himself. Sigh. Why and how does this man manage to look sooo good in a suit? Best dressed of the night. A+, gold star and everything in between. PS… he’s wearing Tom Ford.
Looking equally as suave is Mr. Hiddleston wearing Alexander McQueen who *gasp* tied with Mr. Beckham for best dressed of the night. Look at the fit on that tuxedo…tailoring bow ties.
Making the case with a double-breasted tuxedo is Mr. Strong, who proves that this classic style will remain an eternally dapper choice! Best dressed of the night. Plus, this man is 51 years old! Enough said.
Mr. Evans debonair style landed him a spot on my Fashion Icon: Honorable Mentions list and this suit is a good indication of why that is. Clean, polished, tailored perfection. Mr. Evans is wearing midnight blue Ermenegildo Zegna.
At the 2015 British Academy Awards Nominees Party.
Keeping with the midnight blue trend is the infamous Mr. Cruise. Looking clean cut and very dapper in an absolutely gorgeous and stunning Giorgio Armani (seriously this suit is like butter), I may just have to join him and take a jump or two on that yellow couch. Where’s Oprah when you need her? Best dressed of the night!
Mr. Redmayne is the gentleman of the hour this award season and his velvet midnight blue Giorgio Armani tuxedo only helps to make his quest in sweeping every award show this year look soo sweet. Kudos Mr. Redmayne!
Newly married Mr. Cumberbatch is still working his “just married glow” in this exquisitely tailored black tuxedo. Marriage does a gentleman good!
And last but certainly not least, Superman and Captain America also were in attendance. While both gentlemen look dashing (obviously), something is not quite right about the tailoring/fit of their tuxedos. Superman aka Mr. Cavill is looking… well, a wee bit (dare I say) uh, hefty? When you have a muscular build that is thick, it can sometimes read bulky when you wear a suit which is why tailoring is key. So, I’m not sure if it is an issue due to fit or just that Superman has been eating super (which isn’t a bad thing). Mr. Evans is also looking dapper, but something isn’t quite right about his suit as well. It might be because his hands are his pocket or the angle of the picture, but something seems off to me. However, these are minor infractions as overall, both men look classic.
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What do you think? Love my choices? Hate them? If you have a butthole then you have an opinion…and now would be a good time to share it! Comment below (but please be respectful).