From a film director who never seems to make a bad decision about what to wear - to a musical genius who is always cool, OZWALD BOATENG chooses his most stylish men - including Brian Cox, Michael Fassbender and Piers Morgan
Guy Ritchie (left) is one of those people who reminds me of the importance of confidence when it comes to clothes. In the next year or two, Brian Cox (right) will emerge as one of the best-dressed men in this country
1. GUY RITCHIE
2. BRIAN COXCox is a one-off. Not only does he make science cool, he exudes cool himself. If style is simply an expression of yourself through your clothing, then Cox has got it, indisputably. He looks great in a tuxedo. He looks great in a three-piece suit. He looks great in a T-shirt. He’s got a great vibe about him and his style is evolving all the time. He’s very lean, very fit-looking, so he would be easy to style. In the next year or two, he will emerge as one of the best-dressed men in this country. As long as he avoids leather trousers.
3. JOHN HURT
John Hurt always looks relaxed and self-contained. At the same time, he's lived it. You can see his experience etched into his face
Tinie Tempah (left) seems to possess an innate understanding of what makes clothes work for the best. Michael Fassbender (right) looks great in just about anything. To look great all the time is not easy
4. TINIE TEMPAH
5. MICHAEL FASSBENDER
David Bowie (left) has the edge over Mick Jagger largely because of his genius for evolving as a musician and style leader. If Sam Riley (right) wasn't an actor he could easily be a model
6. DAVID BOWIEI was torn between Bowie and Jagger, two very stylish individuals. I’ve dressed both of them and they’re both fascinating to work with, as they have such a keenly developed sense of what looks good on them. For me, Bowie has the edge, largely because of his genius for evolving as a musician and a style leader. I saw him in the 1983 film The Hunger, where he looked impossibly cool in these sleek black suits and shades. He was so compelling to look at. He’s maintained that sense of cool throughout his career. He looked great from the start of his career when he was wearing amazing mod gear. It could be argued that he was never cooler than in the Seventies, when he would transform his look with every album. His Thin White Duke period is the one for me. That look, with the white shirt, black trousers and waistcoat, it’s so simple but it’s stunning.
7. SAM RILEY
Sir Winston Churchill (left) dressed with the authority of a leader but never lost his sense of individuality. When you dress someone as classically handsome as Daniel Day-Lewis (right), it gives you a head start
8. SIR WINSTON CHURCHILLChurchill was always immaculately turned out. If you can find a photo of him in an old pair of jeans I’d be very surprised. He’d wear these beautiful tailored jackets with polka-dot bow ties and completely carry it off. He wore the most impressive overcoats, he always looked good in a homburg – and few looks are more iconic than the Austin Reed siren suit he wore during WWII. He dressed with the authority of a leader but never lost his sense of individuality. What his clothes said about him was that here was a man who was comfortable in his own skin and also had a strong sense of his own destiny.
9. DANIEL DAY-LEWISI dressed Daniel Day-Lewis for the 2003 Oscars and he was a joy to work with. He trained to be a shoemaker, learning his trade in Florence, so I think he appreciates the craft that goes into making clothes. If you present him with an item of clothing, he instantly understands what you’re trying to say. When you dress someone as classically handsome as Day-Lewis, it gives you a head start. But someone’s charisma is far more important than their physique or their facial features.
10. PIERS MORGAN
Since moving to CNN, Piers Morgan's sense of style has evolved dramatically. He's now one of the best-dressed men on TV