Five Key Style Moves From Met Galas Past

06 May 2019
Style, Fashion, Met Gala
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These guys showed us how to make the right impression at fashion’s biggest night.

While we eagerly anticipate how celebrities, industry insiders and designers choose to interpret tonight’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” themed Met Gala, we take a look back at some of the best style moves made by previous Met men – and we’re hoping that some of tonight’s attendees take note.

2018: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

Top look: Darren Criss in Dolce & Gabbana

Why? It’s a bold look that honours the night’s theme through its sequined iconography and choice of rich colours, yet it still remains quite wearable – if you’re one to attend galas of this stature, that is.

2017: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between"

Top look: Rami Malek in Dior Homme

Why? Despite the avant-garde theme, most men played it rather safe at the Met Ball that year. Enter Malek, the air tie god in a perfectly fitted all-red suit. It’s the details that make this outfit work, like the cropped trousers paired with the high-shine boots. Risky? Definitely. Did he pull it off? One hundred per cent.

2016: "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology"

Top look: Idris Elba in Tom Ford

Why? That year’s invitation specified “tech white tie,” so when Elba showed up as co-chair of the Ball in this excellent formal get-up and with an Apple Smart Watch (get it?) to match, he took top honours, easily. No robo-arms required.

2015: "China: Through the Looking Glass"

Top look: Michael B. Jordan in Dolce & Gabbana

Why? Jordan’s patterned suit nods to the theme without bordering tacky territory, making it a sharp red carpet look worthy of our applause.

2014: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

Top look: Benedict Cumberbatch in Tom Ford

Why? That year’s theme was another very formal affair, with the invitation calling for “White Tie and Decorations”. Strictly speaking, for men, this required a black tailcoat, waistcoat, a wing collar shirt and white bow tie. While many a man looked well put together, Cumberbatch was the only guy to get the look right from head to toe, as Anna Wintour pointed out. And who's going to argue with the first lady of fashion and chair of the event?