It wasn’t until I saw the abysmal effort from the males who attended this year’s Logies awards was I inspired to pull this Best Dressed Men Met Gala 2016 piece together. A couple of years ago I wrote an article about the Do’s and Don’ts of Black Tie featuring outfits from the 2014 Oscars. Essentially my point was that Black Tie is a timeless dress code, there are certain rules, and those rules should be upheld.
Traditionally the Met Gala is some variation of White Tie – this year it was ‘Manus x Machina’, or technology as it was interpreted. Admittedly, White Tie is a more complicated, confusing, and less common dress code to contend with than Black Tie, combining a white bow tie, an evening waist, and overcoat, patent leather shoes, and traditionally white gloves and top hat. However the people who attend the Gala are some of the most famous in the world, and there shouldn’t be any reason not to execute the dress code, especially when your pockets are deep, and any designer or tailoring house would be happy to dress you, for free.
Interestingly, at the Met Gala in 2014, months after my Oscars article, Anna Wintour, who established the dress code that year, commented that the only man who got the dress code right was Benedict Cumberbatch (I thought Eddie Redmayne was the best dressed on the night). Two years on I’m pleased to see a number of standouts, as well as a handful of fellows who looked great, even if they missed the mark slightly (or hit it spot on with the ‘Manus x Machina’ theme? You tell me) and I thought I’d share them with you below.