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Wednesday, 9 April 2008

GQ Magazine, GQ Style, Best dressed men in Britain, Daniel Craig

Another month, another issue of GQ. With all the time we spend in front of screens it’s stimulating to once and a while pick up a magazine or book for some old fashion ways of passing time and entertaining ourselves. The pull factor of the May issue was GQ’s annual list of “the best dressed men in Britain”, we all love lists don’t we?

Reading my way through the list from a descending order I wasn’t too impressed with lads pictured, who ranged from British aristocrats living of family residues, politicians in the spot light, fashion retail moguls to some no-name punk and indie pop artists. Simplified into a few words it is a list of bland of non-fashion influential high rollers. At spot number one is the new agent 007, Daniel Craig, whose style has a level of ingenuity on a par with a bowl of milk and cereal. He dress like a male flight attendant, very safe, presentable but quite corporate and yawn worthy.

GQ Magazine, GQ Style, Best dressed men in Britain, Daniel Craig

The sad truth is that Daniel Craig, David Beckham, Pete Doherty and other severely overrated dressers like Orlando Bloom and Jude Law are the best out of the worst. Women are light years ahead of us when it comes to dressing and that is very much reflected amongst celebrities as well. Where are our equivalents of Sienna Miller or the Olsen twins?? We men have no one to be hysterical over, in fact there are barely any male celeb who dress in clothing from the runway, no Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, Bottega Veneta bags, Burberry trench coat or colorful Etro shirt. Nothing at all!! That is why I see GQ's list as "slow-month" story since it consist of non-inspirational characters.

GQ Magazine, GQ Style, Best dressed men in Britain, Daniel Craig


designscene said...

is that the uk issue? if it wasnt did it have that editorial with "make me a supermodel" winner...

Arthur said...

I agree that there are not enough well-dressed male celebrities, but there are a few real winners out there who make up for the rest. George Clooney is our generation's Cary Grant: his style may be conservative, but he *always* looks perfect. No man of any age can ever hope to look better than Clooney does.

Brad Pitt, a good friend of Clooney's, is also a good dresser. He's grown up in the past decade and can now be a reliable mark of how to wear a good suit, a nice coat, or even a simple white shirt and jeans.

Johnny Depp is the perfect model for anyone looking towards an edgier and more bohemian style. And in fact, I like Daniel Craig's new post-Bond look. Too many men nowadays are trying too hard to be "hip", and Craig's perfectly clean, pressed, and well-executed conservatism reminds us that sometimes a dress shirt and well-knotted tie are the best. Certainly it must be a marketing decision, but Craig looks and dresses in his own life the way we would expect James Bond to appear- sharp, unflappable, neatly tailored, and never compromised.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I feel as though many are over-looking the style of Pete Doherty due to his constant troubles with drugs and the law.

He may not be stepping out in Brioni, but his fashion-sense has influenced many, including that of Hedi Slimane who used Doherty as a muse for Dior's Spring 2006 collection.

nickling saint laurent said...

& the congregation echoes in unison.. amen. its truly rather dreadful, these male celebrities are.

iluwfashion said...

designscene: Yes it's the UK issue.

arthur: Clooney does dress very appropriate for this age and from what I have seen I can't contest your opinion, he does indeed look proper. Bad Pitt isn't bad either and lean slightly to the "young" way of dressing.

Although I'm not a fan of Depp's style I do respect him as an actor and for dressing in the manner that makes him feel comfortable.

I still find Craig's style to be way to conservative. There are ways to dress in a fashionable manner without giving the impression that you're going through a midlife crisis. But like you said, Craig is Mr Bond and have to be so off camera as well.

anonymous: I'm aware of Hedi's sense of fashion and stepping out of court rooms he has looked stylish at times with his hats and grey suits. But quite a few times have I seen paparazzi shots of him dressed like he's just crawled out of a cave.

Henrico said...

Since when has Ferragamo shoes and Bottega Veneta bags been the epitome of high fashion and welldressedness? Come on!

Pete may not always be utterly well dressed - and that's probably because he is not a fashion victim and dares to step out of the door without making a big deal of his outfit.

And regarding Jude Law - he's so avant garde that you've totally overlooked how well dressed he is. On more than one occasion I've seen pics of him wearing several pieces from Carpe Diem, Linea, Carol Christian Poell, Label Under Construction etc. - hit those up on google.

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Henrico said...

Oh, and sorry if I came off sounding a bit rude. It was just written in a hurry, so. (-: