Vanity Fair can have its international best-dressed list and People magazine can keep its pick for sexiest man alive, men’s style bible GQ is issuing a list of its own yearly list for the first time: the most stylish men alive.
The 20 names on the list, which will appear in the magazine’s July issue, include a lot of people you’d probably expect, with Ryan Gosling, Pharrell Williams, Jared Leto, Kanye West and Bradley Cooper among the style heavyweights, and a handful that might not immediately come to mind, such as Jeff Goldblum, Jaden Smith, John Mayer and Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli.
The brain trust behind the list at GQ explained that they arrived at their short list by “analyz[ing] the nominees not based on what they wore to events and red carpets, but based on something much real-er: their street style. … [L]ook[ing] for guys who carry themselves with confidence and originality and whose moves we most want to steal.”
In addition to the guys mentioned above, the list of gentlemen who should consider snapping a padlock on their moves to avoid theft includes Brad Pitt, Jay Z, LeBron James, A$AP Rocky, Harry Styles, Daniel Craig, Cristiano Ronaldo, Russell Westbrook, David Beckham, Mark Ronson and Eddie Redmayne.
The list turned out to be an interesting group to say the least, and one with some serious international flair but I couldn’t help but notice that one of the perennially best-dressed men in Hollywood, the George Clooney was nowhere to be found. Then again, I can’t remember the last time we saw a photo of Clooney in which he wasn’t in full red-carpet mode.
After seeing this list, I think it would be appropriate for GQ to do the world a favor and release a list compiling the least stylish men alive? I think we’ve already got strong cases from Adam Sandler and Kevin James, who turned out to a June 14 Cancun, Mexico, photo call, alongside Selena Gomez in a stunner of a red dress, no less in full untucked T-shirt and lounge pants mode.
It might be GQ’s first pass at tallying the most stylish men alive but it’s no stranger to making lists. For the last nine years the magazine has compiled an annual best new menswear designers in America list and traditionally throws bi-coastal bashes to celebrate its men of the year honorees.
GQ’s 2015 most-stylish list hits newsstands in Los Angeles and New York City on Tuesday and elsewhere across the country on June 30th. More detailed information on how GQ compiled the list as well as interviews with honorees James and Mayer can be found at gq.com.