While everybody else stays busy handicapping who will be the best dressed ladies at Sunday’s Golden Globes – glamour being a major factor at the Globes–we’re focusing on the fellas. The Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globe awards are long on glitz – and short on cred. That’s why they call it “Hollywood’s Biggest Party of the Year:” nobody takes the awards themselves very seriously, but everyone watches the show – as the attendees dress to the nines – and tend to get blasted on champagne. It’s a good combo, in the finest of Hollywood traditions. The Globes are like classic Hollywood screwball comedies directed by Preston Sturges: everyone looks amazing, gets drunk, acts stupid – and says ridiculous and often inappropriate things. Honestly, we can’t wait.
Here are my picks for best dressed men at the Globes. Sure, a tux is a tux is a tux – except when it’s not. Many men on the red carpet in the last five year (Idris Elba, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey) have broken it up by adding texture to their designer tuxes (lurex, metallics, embroidery, embellishment, plush velvet), color (deep burgundy, navy, smoke grey, silver, gold, white, and dark bottle green) and adding snappy details like button covers, velvet slippers with crests, wearing regular ties and not bow ties – and even going for very cool eyewear.
The biggest fashion news of the Globes this year is that Tom Ford is going! Yes, he will likely dress some nominees: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, host Jimmy Fallon (always super snappy), among them – and we’d put money on him dressing Amy Adams (star of Nocturnal Animals) – but Ford is nominated for best director and best adapted screenplay. Tom Ford on a red carpet – we can’t wait to hear the interviews! He will step up the entire proceedings, fashion-wise, for guys and girls, no doubt.
As for the presenters, Matt Damon, Chris Pine, Eddie Redmayne (a former Burberry model) and Diego Luna are all snappy fellows with great stylists – Redmayne, particularly, always goes for something different – and Vanity Fair has had him on several best dressed lists.
When it comes to nominees, Casey Affleck is sporting a full beard and long hair and tends to lowkey it – but his brother Ben is also coming to support him, and it will be cool to see them pose together. Of the other major drama film nominees – Joel Edgerton, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen, Denzel Washington – only Garfield seems to care about standing out – let’s hope he goes for standout color or shine or a little metallic edge.
In the comedy or musical category, here’s where we get the double hit of Ryan Gosling and Ryan Reynolds – who’ve taken to posing together, and are obviously friends. Gosling always switches up designers, colors, tie color, snappy shoes – he’s a clothes horse, and along with Ford, might be the best dressed guy of the night. Reynolds is a close second. But then you’ve got Hugh Grant nominated – and while he’s no doubt look very traditional and British stiff upper lip – the man can carry a damn suit.
For supporting film noms, Nocturnal Animals Aaron Taylor-Johnson is great looking with amazing posture – and we imagine Tom Ford’s whipping up something grand for him right now. He wore a lot of pale grey suits for his press appearances for the film.
For the tv noms, Rami Malek has really shown himself to be an experimental risky dresser – but he can carry it. Super stylist Ilaria Urbinati is dressing him, as well as many others: Casey Affleck, Joel Edgerton, Ryan Reynolds, Nikolai Coster-Waldau, and the amazingly snappy Tom Hiddleston – he will be a big stand out as he’s almost the new Cary Grant – and Urbinati, dressing ten major men at our count, probably had zero Christmas vacation.
Stylist Michael Fisher always does a great job with Bryan Cranston, who’s in the Burberry stable, and he’s always dressing Jonah Hill. And Hugh Laurie, best supporting nominee for “The Night Manager,” will no doubt be quite dapper. It’s always the Brits, right? From Tom Hiddleston to Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Hugh Grant and Eddie Redmayne – and Colin Farrell’s nominated, too – (The Lobster) – the Brits have something in their history and tradition that just makes them seem so natural in black tie suits.
As for labels, Tom Ford will prevail, but expect a major male showing by Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana – the only American in the group being Ford – who’s spent a lot of time in London, after all. The man knows tailoring. However, Ralph Lauren could sneak in their – he cuts a great tux, very traditional and dapper.
Here’s a breakdown of the major Hollywood stylists and their Globes 2017 clients:
Ilaria Urbinati: Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Damien Chazelle, Donald Glover, Joel Edgerton, Rami Malek, Riz Ahmed, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Hiddleston, Nikolai Coster-Waldau
Michael Fisher: Bryan Cranston, Jonah Hill
Jeanne Yang: Diego Luna, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Wendi & Nicole: Jeff Bridges
Samantha McMillen: Ryan Gosling