It’s no secret that we’ve just been through a period that will go down in the annals of sartorial history as the year that fashion forgot. A saggy, baggy, 12-month-long acquiescence to sweatpants, T-shirts and slippers, never have we collectively dressed so badly and for so long.
The excellent news is that 2021, in its vast, tumultuous majority, saw a return of the high-octane dressing from the time BC (before Covid). Timothée Chalamet wore a sequin-encrusted Haider Ackermann Morph suit from the future at the Venice Film Festival! Lil Nas X wore three layers of Versace-branded armour to the Met Ball! Questlove wore gold Crocs to the Oscars! Indeed, never before has getting dressed up and making a fuss felt or looked more fun, and it’s a mood reflected in British GQ’s hot-to-trot new list of the most stylish people on the planet.
From the superlative Savile Row suits worn by the late, great Charlie Watts to the peaking party gear propounded by the likes of A$AP Rocky and Wizkid, there’s something for everyone.
Consider yourself inspired.
Teo van den Broeke, Style Director, GQ
40. Kodi Smit-McPhee
Actor (NEW ENTRY) Kodi Smit-McPhee isn’t just one of this year’s most stimulating breakthrough actors, but he’s also got us waiting with bated breath for his next red carpet style serve.
Teo van den Broeke, Style Director, British GQ: “You’ll be seeing plenty more of Smit-McPhee thanks to his star turn opposite his IRL uncle Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog, and if he continues serving such souped-up red carpet looks then I’m A-OK with that.”
39. Bretman Rock