We’ve seen the best dressed females of the year, so now it’s time for the fellas. Fashion is typically thought of as more so for the ladies, but in 2011 there were several male celebs who proved that style does have purpose, ushering in a new era of interest in men’s fashion. In no particular order:
Call him Mr. Suave and Debonair. British born actor Idris Elba has a sophisticated style that’s as classic as it is timeless. Suits tailored to perfection and worn with confidence are his style signatures.
Don’t let the all the smoothness fool you though. Idris, who sometimes moonlights as a DJ, isn’t above going for a a casual look of denim on denim. Even then though, there’s an innate level of sophistication he brings to any outfit that’s matched by no one else.
New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire gets points just for finding a tailor who perfectly alters his wardrobe to fit his 6ft11in frame. With that kind of height, you would think it would be difficult to find any outfit, let alone a stylish one, but Amar’e manages to do just that, and does it amazingly well.
The fact that he can truthfully claim that he’s rubbed elbows with fashion’s top dame Anna Wintour, certifies his fashion pedigree. That he’s collaborating with designer Rachel Roy on his own clothing line only solidifies his spot at the top of the fashion heap.
Whether he’s wearing jeans and a sweater, or going upscale with a suit and bow tie, rapper turned actor Common always brings his A fashion game. There’s something about his style that’s relaxed, casual, and cool even when he’s dressed up to the nines.
It’s that effortless style and comfort with his look that’s earned Common a spot on our best dressed list.
NBA stars had a good fashion year in 2011, with Dwyane Wade being one of the top style leaders the league had to offer. The Miami Heat player made big style strides, sitting front row at several different fashion shows during Fashion Week.
All that watching paid off, too, as Dwyane injected a little more style and adventure into his overall look. He isn’t afraid to rock a leopard shoe, or tweed vest, or even a satin blazer in his new found quest for style supremacy.
Actor Jesse Williams made a quiet entry onto the male celebrity fashion scene. But it’s the Grey’s Anatomy star’s consistently stylish red carpet turnouts that have fashion watchers taking notice.
He has a clean cut look that’s marked by sharp blazers, crisp button down shirts, and the occasional unexpected accessory like an oversized scarf or turquoise handkerchief. It’s those extras that take his look from traditional to fashion forward.
Kanye West has always been at the forefront of male celebrity fashion, and has been setting trends since his College Dropout days. In 2011 ‘Ye kicked it up a notch, launching his own womenswear label, Dw by Kanye West.
It wasn’t Kanye’s first attempt at a fashion label (Remember Pastelle?), but this time around he made sure to spend time studying and learning the fashion trade at a top London design school.
Dw debuted to mix reviews, but rumors have it Kanye is already working on his label’s next collection.
Actor Lance Gross definitely knows how to put together a ‘fit. The movie and television star not only turns heads on the red carpet with his good looks, but he also grabs attention with his often color coordinated outfits.
Salmon, cobalt blue, aubergine, classic grey — Lance hasn’t met a color that he isn’t willing to try. And why shouldn’t he try them all, when every hue seems to be his perfect color.
GQ Magazine lists LeBron James and his NBA cohorts taking an interest in fashion as one of the top 25 menswear moments of 2011, so of course he makes our list. King James had several fashion highs this past year.
He was spotted sitting front row during Fashion Week. He hosted designer attended events. And he even found time to open his own boutique, UNKNWN.
Swizz Beatz counts über shoe designer Christian Louboutin (yeah that Christian Louboutin) among his personal friends, so of course when it comes to fashion, his is on point. The hit making producer has a mean shoe game (natch), hat game, and blazer game. You could say he’s just an all around man of style.
Whether Swizzed is dressed up in his best all black everything tux, or dressed down in a sleeveless tee and jeans, he never fails to make a style statement.
If you don’t know this face or this name, learn it now. Rapper Theophilus London has been on a massive grind for a minute now, and just as his star is on the verge of blowing up, so too is his standing as an emerging fashion industry favorite.
Theophilus marches to the beat of his own fashion drum, gravitating toward distinctive looks are as daring as they are stylish. If furs, leathers, and even a hint of sequins are your thing, then he’s your fashion inspiration man.