The GQ Men of the Year Awards were held September 4 at the Royal Opera House in London with an impressive array of black-tie finery. The relative conservatism of recent red-carpet fashion was very much present along with the continuing dominance of the turndown collar. Sadly absent across the sartorial spectrum was the exposed shirt cuff; Savile Row must have been shaking its collective head that evening.
The benchmark for the evening was set by a number of men who epitomized the rules of traditional black tie and reaped the impossibly elegant rewards.
Irish television and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary proudly displays his classically styled waistcoat. (PA Photos)
Stella McCartney’s husband Alasdhair Williams is another man who knows the value of a proper waist covering. (Getty Images)
Welsh actor and comedian Rob Brydon in midnight blue. (Getty Images)
Winner of “International Man of the Year”, debonair “Mad Men” star John Slattery. (Landmark / PR PHotos)
A black-tie fashion gala is the perfect opportunity to take some artistic licence with the dress code. This year the dinner jacket was the canvas of choice for tasteful variation.
English comedians David Walliams and Jimmy Carr looking sauve in velvet. (PA Photos)
English rapper Tinie Tempah in patterned dinner jacket and matching shoes from Tom Ford’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection. (PA Photos)
Legendary Welsh crooner Sir Tom Jones in Black Watch plaid. (Rex Features)
British property tycoon Nick Candy (Rex Features)
David Furnish (Getty Images)
Going tie-less to a Black Tie event may seem cool in isolation . . .
English footballer Ashley Cole (left) and former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating (right). ( (Rex Features)
. . . but clearly falls flat up against the sophistication of a properly dressed neck.
With Messrs. DFolce and Gabanna (left) and Jimmy Carr (right). (Rex Features, Getty Images)
And of course there’s always the four-in-hand contingent that turns out to remind us all of just how pedestrian this style can look.
Actor Chris Hemsworth doing everything he can to negate his inherent good looks. (PA Photos)
Former Take That front man, Gary Barlow (Rex Features)
Examples of how seemingly minor infractions can have major repercussions.
British paralympian Jody Cundy reveals the need for a proper fit. (Getty Images)
Actor Daminan Lewis demonstrates how to ruin an otherwise perfect outfit by playing navel peek-a-boo. (Getty)
British businessman Sir Philip Green shows the value of “less is more” when it comes to formal trimmings while “Entrepreneur of the Year” Nick Jones reminds us that why the 3-button suit died with the 1990s. (Getty)