The se­cret be­hind the new wave of male hot­ties

They’re gor­geous and have a flair for style: ac­tors, mod­els, sports stars and even politi­cians make our Mercedes Maguire hot list, writes

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W hat do Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Gosling and David Beck­ham have in com­mon? Apart from the ob­vi­ous bless­ing in the genes de­part­ment, th­ese men are lead­ing the rise of the well­groomed man. Hark­ing back to the 1950s when it meant some­thing to be dap­per, they prove that it’s cool — hot even — to take care of your skin, have a good hair­cut and step out in style.

Con­sis­tently on ev­ery best dressed list, they look great in a well-cut cou­ture suit but equally swoon-wor­thy in a pair of jeans and tee hop­ping off a plane.

“Guys come in and ref­er­ence celebri­ties like Ryan Gosling, Chris Hemsworth and David Beck­ham — the clas­sic old Hol­ly­wood style is def­i­nitely mak­ing a come­back on the red car­pet and in the sub­urbs as well,” says Donny Galella, an Aussie stylist who has helped celebri­ties, sports stars and ev­ery­day men de­velop a fash­ion­able look. “Men are tak­ing their cues from Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties but also from so­cial media, they see th­ese amaz­ing im­ages all the time of men look­ing good and con­fi­dent and they want that too.”

Red car­pet award cer­e­monies bring out the very best well-groomed men. We swooned when Ryan Gosling stepped out at the Golden Globes in Jan­uary wear­ing a cus­tom made white Gucci tuxedo din­ner jacket. Bay­watch star Zac Efron proved you don’t have to be decked out in a suit to look red car­pet hot, pulling off an all-white denim en­sem­ble for the MTV Movie and TV awards this month.

David Beck­ham, who barely puts a Chris­tian Louboutin-clad foot wrong (let’s ig­nore the corn­row disas­ter of 2003) is more than just a good-look­ing guy in a suit. The for­mer foot­ball star-turned busi­ness­man has col­lab­o­rated with H&M, Bri­tish la­bel Kent and Cur­wen, re­leased sev­eral scents and will launch his first skin­care line this year through Bio­therm Homme.

Prop­ping up the $21 bil­lion global men’s groom­ing in­dus­try, the fa­ther-of-four re­vealed he re­li­giously cleanses and mois­turises each day in a seven-minute rou­tine. Like­wise, Zac Efron swears by a min­eral block sun­screen to keep his skin youth­ful; singer/song­writer John Mayer ap­plies pre­mium eye cream to his en­tire face and Rob Lowe uses a shave gel fol­lowed by a shav­ing serum ev­ery day.

While it’s mostly Hol­ly­wood types on global hot lists, it’s hard to look past the world’s lead­ing mod­els, in­clud­ing one of the high­est paid in the world, the UK’s David Gandy, as well as Aussie faces, Sam Wines, Jor­dan Bar­rett and the Sten­mark twins, Jor­dan and Zac. Sport­ing types with model good looks also make the cut, par­tic­u­larly the Ital­ian ten­nis player Fabio Fognini and Hawai­ian surfer and In­sta­gram star Jay Al­var­rez.

But not since the 1960s have we gushed about good look­ing politi­cians (cue the Kennedys). Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau even had Duchess of Cam­bridge Kate Mid­dle­ton mak­ing flirty eyes when they met and ac­tor Alyssa Mi­lano ex­claimed on Twit­ter “Dear lord, Trudeau is so hot.” With his Prince Charm­ing good looks, the 45-year-old PM added to his hot rat­ing by speak­ing out in favour of gay mar­riage and call­ing him­self a fem­i­nist. A lit­tle fur­ther south, Brazil has its own hot lit­tle se­cret in the form of mayor, Ed­uardo Leite. His well­groomed fa­cial stub­ble and Hol­ly­wood smile have made the soc­cer-lov­ing fa­ther and mayor of Pelotas in the coun­try’s south a hot list con­tender.

Back in Hol­ly­wood, if The Note­book made Ryan Gosling a heart-throb the world over. Then the 2011 flick Crazy Stupid Love made him a man of style. Gosling plays pick up artist, Jacob, a sexy char­ac­ter who ap­pears in a great

new out­fit in ev­ery scene, not to men­tion a mem­o­rable shirt­less scene that ce­mented his hot rat­ing. Mean­while Aussie ac­tor Travis Fim­mel of Vik­ings fame shuns the sexy tag and has been quoted as say­ing: “I never gave a shit about what I looked like, it’s al­ways other peo­ple that talk about that stuff.” Per­haps his time as an un­der­wear model is to blame.

Un­der a dif­fer­ent spotlight, rocker John Mayer’s sexy lyrics (re­mem­ber Your Body is A Won­der­land?) and brood­ing good looks at­tracted the at­ten­tion of sev­eral A-list ladies, in­clud­ing fel­low singers Katy Perry, Jes­sica Simp­son and Tay­lor Swift as well as Jen­nifer Anis­ton. Still on the mu­sic front, tak­ing a hia­tus from his One Di­rec­tion band mates to pur­sue a solo ca­reer helped Bri­tish singer Harry Styles stand out. In 2015 GQ named him the Most Stylish Man Alive. A hair­cut last year for a movie role in Dunkirk saw him lose his trade­mark wavy mane but only served to lift his sexy fac­tor.

Galella — who dressed sev­eral foot­ballers for last year’s Dally M Awards and soc­cer play­ers for their equiv­a­lent cer­e­mony, the Dolan Warren Awards — says it’s not just celebs who are pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to their pre­sen­ta­tion.

“It’s no longer em­bar­rass­ing to ad­mit you know what you’re talk­ing about when it comes to fash­ion,” Galella says. “Th­ese footy guys know their de­signer la­bels, they know what

It’s no longer em­barass­ing for men to know about fash­ion

they want when they are pre­par­ing for a big night. But there has also been an ab­so­lute in­crease in the num­ber of ev­ery­day men seek­ing out styling ad­vice.

“It can be any­thing from ev­ery­day styling ad­vice to help with their big­gest day. It used to be that a groom would be happy to hire a tux from a lo­cal store, but they are now com­ing in to be styled for their wed­ding.”

Ju­lian Bu­rak, di­rec­tor of A Good Man who has styled CEO’s of lead­ing com­pa­nies through to young en­trepreneurs and white col­lar dads, says the con­fi­dence that good groom­ing brings is an al­lur­ing com­po­nent.

“Style is the sort of thing that shows you care about your­self and your pre­sen­ta­tion and that is an at­trac­tive el­e­ment,” Bu­rak says. “Ul­ti­mately look­ing good comes down to hav­ing con­fi­dence and self-as­sur­ance, it’s not just about the clothes you wear.

“Celebri­ties have al­ways been an in­spi­ra­tion for style and fash­ion, but now men are tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from each other. They’re not ashamed to have the con­ver­sa­tion like, ‘Oh look at his shoes, they’re cool.’

“We are hark­ing back to the 1950s and 1960s when it meant some­thing to look good, when pre­sen­ta­tion and tak­ing care of the de­tails were im­por­tant el­e­ments.”

Luc Wies­man, from men’s on­line style bible dmarge.com, says pay­ing at­ten­tion to your over­all “look” can el­e­vate your pro­fes­sional pro­file. Some of the celebri­ties who ap­pear on the hottest and best dressed lists haven’t al­ways been there, he adds.

“Let’s face it, Chris Hemsworth is a good look­ing rooster, he’ll look good in any­thing,” Wies­man says. “But there was a point when he went from the tou­sled beach bum to the styled Hol­ly­wood ac­tor.

“Look at men like Calvin Har­ris, he was a mu­sic dork who be­came a Calvin Klein model, and then there was Justin Tim­ber­lake, he has come a long way since his dou­ble denim days with Brit­tany and is a go-to for most men’s fash­ion mag­a­zines now.

“Look­ing good en­ables th­ese guys to be vis­i­ble in the media, their im­ages are pub­lished and shared more if they look good. There’s a greater ac­cep­tance of this now.”

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