We celebrate the start of London Collections Men by rounding up ten of the most stylish men that the capital has to offer
1. Oliver Cheshire
International fashion model, style icon and beau of Pixie Lott, Olivier Cheshire is one of Fashion Week’s most popular clothes horses. The chiselled Londoner shot to fame at the age of 15 (he’s now 27) when he became an overnight success as the face of Calvin Klein, oiled up in a pair of tighty-whiteies. Nowadays he is more known for his head-to-toe ensembles, favouring printed shirts, suede slip-ons, denim jackets and exquisite suits.
2. Eddie Redmayne
When he’s not winning Oscars for his diverse film roles, Eddie Redmayne is gaining style credential for his idiosyncratic look; whether shaking up black tie in a Giorgio Armani velvet two-piece at the Baftas or cutting a dash in tartan at the premiere of The Danish Girl, he never fails to impress and surprise us. We can’t decide what we like best – his enviable collection of impeccably tailored suits or his trademark auburn tousles.
3. Matt Smith
Matt Smith is known on-screen as the 11th time lord to be cast in the Doctor Who series; he is known off-screen for his neck scarves, colourful knits and retro leathers, as well as an enviable quiff. His quirky, ankle-flashing British style has turned him into an unlikely fashion icon and celebrated dandy, as well as a firm favourite on our Luxury London list.
4. Charlie Casely-Hayford
Fashion designer Charlie Casely-Hayford’s personal style exemplifies the innovative tailoring that his clothing line has become known for, throwing punk references with Savile Row precision to create the perfect representation of the modern London gentleman.
At 6”5, he can carry many styles better than most, however his pared-back suits, utilitarian boots and monochrome palette are universally admired, topped off by those gravity-defying locks.
5. Jim Chapman
With 1.3million followers to his name, Jim Chapman is one of Britain’s most successful Instagram stars, and it’s easy to see why. The celebrated Blogger nails quintessential British style: classic turtlenecks, Burberry coats, trilby hats and tasselled loafers, as well as off-duty denim and leather. Tune in on YouTube where he shares his style advice to over one million subscribers.
6. Henry Holland
We love Henry Holland for his playful, bold dress sense which incorporates bow ties, checkerboard suits, vibrant prints and statement sneakers, not forgetting his trademark thick-rimmed spectacles and bouffant hairstyle. His psychedelic colours and prints are anchored by elegant tailoring and a meticulous eye for detail, much like the runway collections that he designs.
His second dedicated menswear show will be presented this weekend during L:CM, undoubtedly featuring irreverent prints, subculture references and, as always, a dedicated IT-girl f’row.
7. Patrick Grant
As owner and creative director of London label E. Tautz, it comes as no surprise that Patrick Grant is one of the most dapper chaps in London. Like E. Tautz, he blends innovation and tradition for a thoroughly British look which includes Fair Isle knits, sharp blazers, statement socks and wide-legged trousers with signature rolled-up cuffs.
8. Alasdhair Willis
Creative director for Hunter, husband to Stella McCartney and former publisher of Wallpaper* magazine, Alasdhair Willis is responsible for taking the humble wellington boot from the festival mud to the catwalk, and his own personal style is as impeccable as his professional track record. Spot the well-heeled silver fox over L:CM wearing classic polonecks, cashmere knits, sharp suits and combat jackets.
9. Tom Hardy
Rugged, handsome and charismatic, Tom Hardy also knows how to rock a good piece of outwear, ranging from navy pea coats and trenches to sheepskin collars, the latter none too dissimilar to the distressed leather number worn by Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises. Throw in some crisp shirts, tailored suits and the odd open collar and you have a modern-day debonair icon.
10. Nicholas Hoult
We have watched Nicholas Hoult grow from an endearing woollen-clad misfit in About a Boy, to a cocksure teen in Skins to one of Britain’s most stylish exports. Whether boldly experimenting with colourful suiting on the red carpet or off-duty in classic white tees and denim shirts, the 6”3 star is effortlessly stylish, and comes with the Tom Ford stamp of approval.