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Men of the Met

May 9, 2015

Fashion | by Mikael Jack


It has taken me all week to realise that something unusual happened at the Met Ball this week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s fundraising gala held in New York on Monday night. Asked today whom I thought the best-dressed attendee was, I replied without hesitation: “R-Pattz!”

The gala is held every year to celebrate the official launch of The Met’s annual fashion exhibition – this year China: Through the Looking Glass – and is one of the highlights of the fashion calendar. Commonly referred to as the Fashion Oscars, the men in attendance often blend into the background while their female counterparts shine – or dazzle, glitter, surprise – but not this year.  Some of the women were truly something of a spectacle – Rihanna’s “omelette” dress or Sarah Jessica Parker’s “fire emoji” headpiece dividing opinions while Cher’s Marc Jacobs look and FKA Twigs draped in Christopher Kane’s ‘Lover’s Lace’ were clear winners – but our eyes were on the boys!

From Mark Ronson bringing funk to uptown Manhattan, to Lewis Hamilton’s cobalt blue car crash – assume from here on in that all puns are most definitely intended – we take a look at the Men of the Met.

DJ Mark Ronson – wearing Topman, and in the company of Topshop-clad beauties Bella Hadid, Lily Donaldson and Natasha Poly – flew the flag for the British menswear giant’s recent New York store opening. His simple two-button, double-breasted suit was lifted to fit the Chinese theme with some bright and oriental-inspired accessories.

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Also on the Topman team, but not in pole position in the style stakes (again, sorry) was F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. His blue frock coat was a bit “theatre usher” anyway, but teamed with hi-tops was just plain odd. A red carpet, wearing a frock coat, is never the place for hi-tops.

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Justin Bieber, probably on more worst-dressed lists than best, took the theme on board and donned a Chinese-influenced embroidered blazer by Balmain (which apparently took a month to make) and we kind of loved him for it.

Inseparable were Justin and “date” for the evening, Balmain’s creative director – and former Candid ‘Man of the Week’ – Olivier Rousteing. He wore an equally extravagant, jewel-embellished black blazer from the French design house. Already established as fashion’s king of Instagram, he may have a few more followers after stepping out with the prince of pop, Biebs.

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Adding colour to proceedings isn’t easy as Hamilton showed us, but R&B singer Miguel managed it with ease in his red Michael Kors suit and patent black boots.

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George Clooney – he just looked uncomfortable from the start, proving this was actually the case when he didn’t even wait to get inside to remove the white tie from his Giorgio Armani tux. But when your wife is dressed as the flamenco dancer emoji, we can forgive a little discomfort.

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But, as I made known at the beginning, Robert Pattinson won the Met Ball. His Dior Homme suit – no surprises, as R-Pattz is face of the brand’s fragrance – was good enough already, but with the addition of a peculiar crossover necktie gave us men tailoring envy. The contrast of his rumoured fiancée FKA Twigs’s bright and X-rated Christopher Kane dress against his sleek look was a marriage made in fashion heaven. FKAwesome.

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Words by Mikael Jack