The above is quoted from Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana, one of the kings of style, and sums up the relevance and lasting qualities of a man with true presence. This list will comprise of my personal favourite masters of style, these are the men who have shaped the way real men dress today. They are the icons of style.
The highest-paid film star of his time, Steve McQueen had a rebellious nature that complemented his onscreen American antihero persona and earned him the nickname “The King of Cool”. McQueen looks effortlessly stylish wearing rugged American sportswear and simple British heritage brands this was the man. A global star cut down in his prime dissevered of a place in this list. His impact can be seen echoing throughout menswear even now showing his deep impact in the world of mens style.
The Rebel Without a Cause James Dean set the standard with his iconic moody look. His casual attire sums up what it is to be cool and he wears his grin with a deep embedded attitude born from his everlasting style. With his influence spreading to today in actors such as James Franco, Deans style is yet to be lived up to and is the most sought after status in the world of mens style. A true game changer and the archetypal figure of 50’s youthful rebellion, Dean’s plain white tee is enough to dress the finest of men down.
Known for his Academy Award-winning performance as the handsomely attired attorney Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, Gregory Peck looks like a gentleman anywhere in the world with his flannel suits and his quintessential Southern attire. A man of taste and style his dress code perfect for most occasions. The most stylish gentleman in Hollywood.
It is said that there has never been a man with more style or coolness than Brando and that there never will be. He is the messiah of men’s style. A notorious bad-man with a penchant for violence, Brando is a figure who cannot be missed when examining what it is to be a style icon. He inhaled fashion and exhaled style. Inspiring a generation with his tough talk and brooding mannerisms not only was he a spectacular actor but an iconic figure with an unavoidable recognition in the world of style.
My final icon- Mr Gordon-Levitt has not been around as long as the others but he’s standing his ground yet. Soon to join the ranks of his predecessors in style, Gordon-Levitt was a wild card I chose to add for a number of reasons. His choice in outfit seldom disappoints with his fresh style that stands out in modern day menswear. Mixing 20’s and 80’s styles his cross generation outfits are suited to impress. With the release of the sic-fi title Looper I believe Gordon-Levitt is the one to watch with a clear eye for style.