Not only was it Cary Grant’s sporty-yet-elegant style which gave him an edge over the other leading men of his day but it was his faultless attention to detail which gave him the edge. A classic Grant ensemble would include either a blue or grey double-breasted suit, a pocket square, a sober tie and a buttonhole and for it’s day this was considered to be ‘understated’. What’s interesting to note about Grant’s style is that it was so revered that one Richard Torregrossa compiled an entire book devoted to it. Incredible! Why wouldn’t you devote an entire book to a man who looked like he belonged in stylish clothes?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way since being that awkward, quirky kid who-was-actually-an-alien in ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’. He upped his game when he starred in blockbusters such as ‘Inception’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing him in ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’, which is currently on the movie circuit. What Joseph has also upped in recent times is his style. Perhaps not at the top of the Most Stylish Men list and with a way to go before he reaches the style heights of James Dean and Nick Wooster, there is still a lot to be said for the simple understated style which Joseph throws out there.
There’s no point denying it, James Dean was a handsome man and an icon in his own time. He achieving a huge amount in the time he was given, before his tragic demise in 1955 at the age of 24. Dean was the quintessential rebel of the 50’s who seemed to single-handedly dress Hollywood down which lead some, at the time, to believe that he was not as iconic as his reputation suggested. The beauty is that James Dean didn’t necessarily aim to be iconic as his style was less considered, and perhaps more confident than that. Dean dressed like somebody who was extremely good-looking. Go figure.
Alex Turner is the lead singer for the Arctic Monkeys and has come along way since being named NME Magazine’s coolest person in the world in December 2005 as a 20-year-old. Back then Alex dated a London-based fashionista called Alexa Chung who tended to don more vintage clothing and possessed a laid back London chic which rubbed off on Alex and helped establish him as the style icon he is today. His style has evolved into a throw back to the old “Rock n Roll” era whilst incorporating a modern look and feel.
Ryan Gosling has steadily made his way up the cool scale in recent years since first hitting my radar in movies like ‘Remember The Titans’, ‘Murder By Numbers’ and ‘The Notebook’. Whilst I don’t have an issue with the latter film, and actually believe it to be a good movie, the first two saw Gosling portray week, immature characters in poorly produced films. Perhaps ‘The Notebook’ was a sign of things to come as it saw Ryan begin to expand his talent and take on roles which required a sense of maturity. In ‘Fracture’ he starred alongside Anthony Hopkins and showed signs of the potential he possessed, however it was his role in ‘Drive’ where he announced himself to the world as a truly great actor.
Nick Wooster is without doubt the most photographed man at any high-profile fashion show. You’ve probably seen him before without even knowing it. Before becoming an all round fashion consultant who orchestrates style shows for various companies, ‘The Woost’ was the Men’s Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus Group Services and so has an in-depth knowledge of men’s fashion, the rules thereof and when these rules can be broken. If anyone has the right to tell you what to wear, Nick Wooster does.
Ryan Gosling is one of the most stylish men in Hollywood at the moment. Some would go so far as to say that he is his generation’s Steve McQueen. Whilst that’s as big a statement as you’ll ever hear, Ryan has rocked the red carpets of Hollywood for sometime and is most certainly a Style Icon to take not of. Ryan’s secret is simple: He’s willing to experiment with his clothing and ensures that his personal style shines through.