I always look forward to the BAFTAs for the uniquely sophisticated elegance the British bring to black-tie fashions. Sure enough, despite the fact that Americans seemingly outnumbered locals on the red carpet this past Sunday, it was three Englishmen that made my best dressed list. The shortlisting process was actually an easy one this year thanks to the vast majority of men disqualifying themselves by choosing to expose their shirt waist.
Eddie Redmayne in Gucci.
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British model David Gandy in Dolce & Gabana. (Dave J. Hogan / Getty Images)
Romeo and Juliet star Douglas Booth in Tom Ford. (David M. Benett / Getty Images)
As for everyone else, here’s a selection of the Good, the Bland, and the Ugly . . .
British Rapper Tinie Tempah in Burberry. (David M. Benett / Getty Images)
Bradley Cooper in Alexander McQueen. (David M. Benett / Getty Images)
Martin Scorsese in Armani. Scorsese is a perennially dapper black-tie dresser that I have neglected too often in past reviews. (David M. Benett / Getty Images)
I have to say I’m not a fan of Tom Hanks’ oversized floppy butterfly bow tie that’s been popping up on other celebs too as of late. (Wire Image)
We’re the Millers star Will Poulter. (David M. Benett / Getty Images)
12 Years a Slave star
Chiwetel Ejiofar wearing Mr. Start. (Dave J. Hogan / Getty Images)
There are number of interesting things to point out about Prince William’s ensemble. First off, he has sadly succumbed to the bare waist trend. He also appears to be wearing a regular button shirt. On the up side, his slimmer fitting single-breasted suit makes him look a lot younger than his usual loose-fitting double-breasted version. Yet he is wise enough to avoid the modern vogue for low-riding dress pants thus minimizing the chance of his shirt waist peeking out below his jacket button. (Interestingly, HRH is rarely if ever photographed with his hands in his pockets unlike typical celebrities.) The plain black Albert slippers are also a smart touch.
Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin in a glorified business suit by Burberry. (David M. Benett / Getty Images)
Welsh actor Luke Evans in Dior Homme. His cloth-top shoes are interesting but his choice of shirt shows how today’s wing collars don’t do men any favours. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio in his go-to formal suit & tie look, this one by Giorgio Armani. (David M. Benett / Getty Images)
This conservative three-piece Dolce & Gabbana suit is actually an improvement from Christian Bale’s usual attempts to reinvent more formal attire. (Getty Images)
Producer Harvey Weinstein. The man has more money than God yet still manages to look homeless.
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Brad Pitt used to set the standard for black tie. Now look at him. (Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press)