MEN of STYLE 2017
Welcome to our annual list recognising those gents from both home and abroad whose sense of style we admire, both in their dress and approach to life.
Our 8th annual Men Of Style list pays tribute to local and international guys with a good grasp of their personal style
Rami Malek ACTOR
The star of cultish US TV series Mrrobot is carving out an offscreen niche as one of the sharpest dressers around, whether it’s wearing a coloured velvet tux to the Met Ball or rocking smart casual with a twist to an event. Check him out – the fella knows what he’s doing.
Idris Elba 1 ACTOR
The handsome Brit will soon be seen in Thor: Ragnarok opposite this issue’s cover star Chris Hemsworth and has been mooted as a James Bond replacement should Daniel Craig stay true to his word. The nicely symmetrical Elba always looks put together just right, particularly when effecting an “I woke up like this” vibe in casual wear.
Ryan Reynolds 2 ACTOR
Canada’s other favourite Ryan (apart from Gosling), Reynolds is a very assured dresser, favouring tight sweaters and flat-front trousers that show off his lanky frame when going casual, but also doing threepiece suits or this deconstructed English gent look with aplomb, too.
Luka Sabbat 3 MODEL AND STYLIST
One of the male models du jour and deemed a “cool kid” by all the right magazines, Sabbat and his social media accounts are considered highly influential amongst those who want to know “what the kids are thinking”. Looks interesting in nearly anything, from slim suits to oversized tees and assymetrical shirts.
Shaun Birley MENSWEAR INFLUENCER, @SHAUNBIRLEY
How would you summarise your personal style? I get a lot of my fashion sense from Europe and traditional Italian cuts. In my down time I can’t get away from my linens or ‘resort wear’. Have you developed a sense of style by observing others? Trial and error? All of the above? Trial and error was something I learnt in front my mirror rather than in public. But I have some style icons I look to both in Australia and overseas. The majority of them are based in London and Italy. I also look at those with similar body shapes to mine and that helps me know what does and doesn’t work for me. Does having an established social media following add some pressure to feel like you’re always camera- ready, dress wise? Definitely. I do have a few great wardrobe staples I go out in. Some custom shirts and chinos for my casual look. Sometimes the simple items are the best if they are well cut, but through the work week I wear a suit every day. So I’m often caught out in what I’ve been wearing on my Instagram anyway. For guys finding their way in terms of a personal style, what’s your best piece of advice? Benchmark yourself against guys who are a similar shape and build as you and get a few personal but varied style icons – guys who do formal, casual, street or holiday modes. Mix their styles and those elements that are unique to you. Also, try some of the more risky things on – you might realise that once it’s on, it works! Everyone needs statement pieces.
David Beckham PHILANTHROPIST
A staple of this list throughout its eight years because Becks, now 42, remains a hughly influential menswear icon. Witness his head-turning appearance as a Centre Court spectator in Ralph Lauren at this year’s Wimbledon. Few do it better.
Dan Ricciardo FORMULA ONE DRIVER
We were as surprised as anyone at how comfortbale the unaffected kid from Perth looked when we dressed him up proper for the cover shoot of our Autumn 2017 issue. Since then we’ve seen Ricciardo do a couple of other shoots and he is totally getting a handle on this modelling caper.
‘ Try more risky things on – you might find that once it’s on, it works.’
Anthony Pitt FOUNDER, THE ACADEMY BRAND
How would you summarise your personal style? Laidback, simple, casual modest… I like a bit of colour but I don’t embellish things. I like my look to be streamlined and clean. I’m more likely to take one thing off than put something else on. And you’re usually wearing Academy Brnd, we imagine... I got burnt many years ago when someone asked me about the shirt I was wearing and I realised I wasn’t head to toe in Academy. Now I do! Have you developed a sense of style by observing others? A mentor? Trial and error? All of the above? To be honest it’s just what I’ve always felt confident in. I’ve always worked in a creative industry and there’s enough pressure in the role and pressure on what you’re wearing, given we don’t wear suits or a ‘uniform’, so I’ve always just dressed to reflect my character. Rather than look at others, if you dress to feel confident in yourself, then good things happen. It’s why I prefer clean, laidback and casual… For guys finding their way in terms of a personal style, what’s your best piece of advice? Confidence is eveything. You need to walk out the door feeling good about yourself and that doesn’t happen if you’re trying to look like someone else or wear clothes like someone else. Look at yourself and what you feel good in, and then make subtle tweaks. Don’t replicate a whole outfit or a persona. Start with what you feel great in and then make subtle changes. Sometimes classic is better, simple is good. Play to your strengths.
Jeff Goldblum1 ACTOR
The distinctive US actor is still rolling in work at age 64 and looking as good as ever. A silver quiff, thick black frames and a love of a black leather jacket fit in with his whole jazz-pianist-in-a-late-night-dive vibe... which is exactly what he does when not filming movies or Menulog commercials.
Michael B Jordan 2 ACTOR
The Creed and Fantastic Four star told Esquire last year that his style is “still evolving” but one thing he’s already learnt is that keeping it simple and classic is the best place to start, meaning you’ll tend to see Jordan in black, white or neutrals. Cites Pharrell as a fashion influence.
Zhengyang Zhang 3 MODEL
Described earlier this year as a “breakout model”, i.e. in demand, Beijing-born Zhang trained in traditional Chinese dance before being dragged onto a catwalk. HIS lithe frame, androgynous look and killer bone structure have instantly made him a designer favourite, and yet he has a good grasp of a personal style as well.
Nami Nguyen MENSWEAR INFLUENCER, @ NAMI_ MAN
The Melbourne-based Instagram star is descended from tailors, works in fashion, and has a distinctive look which makes him one of Australia’s more interesting online menswear presences. From suits to street, and sometimes somewhere in between, there’s a European sensibility which combined with his own background and the Melbourne backdrop makes for a compelling account.
Chris Pine ACTOR
Most recently seen as Steve Trevor in Wonderwoman, Pine is a faultless red carpet presence, channelling an old-school Hollywood glamour in his suits, tuxes and turtlenecks. Still in his mid-30s, he’s one of those chaps who’s also looking better as he gets older.
Alexander Skarsgard 1 ACTOR
Stylish Swede Skarsgard has been lauded in our pages before as a man who understands how to make the classic traditions of menswear work for him in contemporary times, updating his look with a surprising print or some statement loafers. Well worth observing.
Matthew Zorpas 2 MENSWEAR BLOGGER
Known to the online world as The Gentleman Blogger, London-based Zorpas has been documenting a fashion-led lifestyle since 2012, in the process establishing himself alongside the likes of Adam Gallagher as one of the foremost in the caper. “Invest in a good pair of formal shoes every year,” he advises. “Shoes can either make a look or break it.”
Conor Mcgregor 3 UFC STAR
Conor rates his sartorial chops higher than anyone else, we think, judging by the recent verbal bollocking he gave Flloyd Mayweather for wearing a tracksuit in pre-publicity appearances for their ‘fight’. Mcgregor, meanwhile, faced up to him in a three-piece suit, the pinstripes of which were composed of the words, ‘Fuck You’. Quite.
Roberto Malizia MENSWEAR INFLUENCER, @THISISMALICE
How would you summarise your personal style? I’ve always loved to challenge myself by experimenting and getting out of my comfort zone, from suiting to contemporary and street style. I like to be as versatile as possible… and that’s what a real influencer should be, in my opinion. Have you developed a sense of style by observing others? Trial and error? All of the above? I’ve got a few people I’ve watched and taken some tips from. My look is very unique so I had to do it in my own way. I have to say though that the two who have impressed me the most for style and attitude are Justin O’shea and Luka Sabbat. Does having an established social media following add some pressure to feel like you’re always camera- ready, dress wise? Fashion is my bread and butter 24/7 so it doesn’t matter where I go or what I do, I’m always comfortable with what I wear. There’s no pressure at all because it’s in my comfort zone. For guys finding their way in terms of a personal style, what’s your best piece of advice? Style is only a reflection of your personality. You can’t push it, you have to find the right balance by experimenting and gaining confidence with it. Attitude is a very important detail in your overall outfit.
Christopher 1 Korey REALTOR
Dressing “like a boss” seems to be the daily motivation for New York City real estate agent Christopher Korey, whose Instagram account is filled with shots of him in tightly fitted suits (the guy clearly likes to work out), power ties, waistcoats and some seriously desirable overnight bags. Whether it all helps him sell more properties we have no idea, but we’re guessing a head-turning appearance can’t hurt in that super competitive town.
Kris Smith 2 MODEL AND MYER AMBASSADOR
He’s made an alternative career out of wearing nice suits to the races and on the catwalk at Myer’s seasonal shows but the former league player often looks the goods outside of official duties rocking a more ‘street’ vibe in high-tops, tapered pants and a bomber.
Jaden Smith 3 ACTOR
Will’s boy has become something of a poster boy for a bunch of labels, including Louis Vuitton (that’s him at their show in Paris last March). After an ongoing appearance in Baz Lurhmann’s The Get Down, Jaden’s film career has gone a little quiet... but his edgy fashion sense is anything but.