Award Show Season Left-Overs: The 2014 – 2015 amfAR Galas Best Dressed Men!

You know something interesting?  While perusing the internets, one can become inundated with various pictures of basically any celebrity at basically any event, to the point where it literally is sensory overload!  I must say, there are a lot of events for celebrities to attend… isn’t there?  Apparently, the opening of an envelope is a hot ticket these days.  Sylvia Miles was obviously on to something and ahead of her time.  Who knew?!?

Save the whales, become a vegan, conserve water by taking two second showers, celebrate life by only consuming foods that are green in color!  The list of Hollywood causes and fundraisers are exhaustive to say the least.  Now, although some of these events are truly for a well deserving cause, the sincerity of the celebrities that show up to them is another matter indeed.  After all, these events are a great place to drum up some publicity and serve as a wonderful platform to perfect your signature “model” pose… some succeed and others… well…

Alas, events like this can be a bit tricky.  Contrary to popular belief, a lot of time goes into or should go into your overall look for the evening.  After all, you don’t want to run into a wardrobe catastrophe where *gasp* your outfit completely clashes with the step and repeat signage?!?  How dreadful.  Come to think of it.  What the heck is a step and repeat exactly?  After a little digging, I’ve come to find out that it is (A) the single act of a celeb stepping out on to the red carpet to have their picture taken while the next celeb in line waits to repeat the same process and (B) the logos that are repeated on the wall behind where the celebs are having their pictures taken. Whew!  Life changing information, I know.

Now, out of all these “events” splashed in front of our eyeballs, one in particular has managed to stand out amongst the crowd.  And that event, my bow ties is known as the amfAR gala.  That’s right!  The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) was started by a group of expert physicians and scientists (i.e. really, really smart people) to fund the study and medical research of all that there is to know about the AIDS virus.  Yep.  Efforts to raise funds began and soon all kinds of very important people were joining the cause including the incomparable Ms. Elizabeth Taylor.  And when Ms. Taylor joins a cause, you better step in line and donate some money. Stat!  Fast-forward to the present and the amfAR galas have not only raised an eyeball popping amount of money and awareness for AIDS research, but in the process, have become renowned for their A-list celebrity support and as a must see high-end fashion extravaganza!  Cause nothing speaks to the plight of the AIDS epidemic by expressing the seriousness, pervasiveness, and social stigma of this terrible disease (for which there is no cure) quite like dressing up in you snazziest and widely expensive luxury rags while smoozing with other equally wealthy but not equally cute celebs.

Which Hollywood types paid attention to the step and repeat signage behind them and looked good while supporting a good cause?  It’s the 2014-2015 amfAR galas best dressed men. Enjoy!

In my favorite look of the galas, Mr.  Lewis Hamilton is the definition of “sharp” in this ultra modern and hip cool greenish-blue tuxedo.  Mr. Hamilton is so hot that, in the words of Mr. Bruno Mars, he’ll make a dragon wanna retire man! Anyone know of retirement home for dragons?

Lewis Hamilton 2015 AMFAR

Next up is Hollywood “It” man of the moment, Mr.  Eddie Redmayne.  The newly minted Oscar winner keeps it dapper and predicable in this gorgeous Tom Ford midnight blue tuxedo jacket  in what some could call his signature color (after all he’s worn a lot of it this award season!). Who knew that in just a few short months after this photo was taken, Mr. Redmayne would be given the honor of best male actor at the Academy Awards! It’s the jacket.

Eddie Redmayne 2014 AMFAR, wearing Tom Ford

Where has Mr. Metcalf been? After Desperate Housewives ended, our eyeballs haven’t seen much of the hunky actor, but that doesn’t matter as his foray back into the spotlight proved to be a suave return indeed. Mr. Metcalf keeps it classic and simple in his black suit while adding just the right amount of pizazz with the subtle detailing on his shoes. A handsome look Mr. Metcalf!

Jess Metcalfe 2014 AMFAR

Mr. Piven is giving a stylish but somewhat studious look with his dapper ensemble that includes a crisp white dress shirt, velvet midnight blue jacket and simple black pants. Looks like all that studying paid off Mr. Piven. A++

Jeremy Piven 2015 AMFAR

Exuding the definition of timeless, Mr.  Jon Kortajarena evokes Old Hollywood Glamour effortlessly. Gentlemen, this is how you wear a black tuxedo. Flawless!

Jon Kortajarena 2015 AMfar

Ditto for Fashion Icon: Honorable Mention Honoree, Mr. Luke Evans.

Luke Evans 2015 AMFAR

Mr. Alex Ludwig.

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Dsquared2’s Dan & Dean Caten in matching purple double-breasted jackets. My signature color.

Dan & Dean 2015 AMFAR

Mr. Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto 2015 AMFAR

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(images: 2014 FlameFlynet, Inc., Michael Loccisano/2015 Getty Images, 2014/Matt Baron/BEL/REX, Stefania D’Alessandro 2014,  Rex Features, Kevin Tachman 2015,

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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).


4 thoughts on “Award Show Season Left-Overs: The 2014 – 2015 amfAR Galas Best Dressed Men!

  1. avenuecamilla

    I agree with a lot of what you said, it always baffles me that in order to support a cause there needs to be all of this excess, I feel like if the amount of money energy and resources they spent getting ready went into the cause we would already be much further than where we are! That being said, I can’t really blame them it is how all of Hollywood seems to work!


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    1. mistercarpenter Post author

      Hi Camilla! You’re totally right. It’s interesting that so much money goes into looking fabulous at these events, but it might be more useful if the money went to research. I agree that dressing up and looking good is a part of Hollywood and that glamour aspect also plays a part in getting these foundations some much needed publicity! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment 🙂



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