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
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.”