Most stylish men of 2016
By Kasia Hastings, 2 July 2016
We’re six months into 2016 and, so far, we’ve seen some serious sartorial excellence. From seasoned plaid players to new kids on the block, here’s our biannual round up of this year’s style big hitters.
January: A$AP Rocky
January saw A$AP Rocky take layering to the next level at the launch of his Guess Originals collab. The collection had a cool 90s vibe and our MVPP (Most Valuable Plaid Player) rocked just about every piece of clothing he owned to create a grungy look that had copycats piling on the plaid all winter.
February: Kanye West
In February, Kanye West showcased his third Yeezy collection, dropped his seventh album and took his palette in a paler new direction. West has produced a series of Ultralight ensembles, including this fresh way of wearing his favourite streetwear staples. The real Life Of Pablo clearly doesn’t involve changing any nappies.
March: Jaden Smith
A few months back, we predicted that Jaden Smith would be 2016’s unlikely style icon – by February, it was clear that he had much bigger plans. Smith has dominated this year with his directional take on casual cool and, while he still pushes the boundaries with what he wears, he’s developed a strong signature style that involves technical layering, expert print clashing and an accessories collection that’s almost 100% H2O. All hail the Fresh Prints.
April: Zayn Malik
So far this year, Zayn Malik has committed to some serious looks, including Pillowtalk punk, full-kit popstar and more hairstyles than we can keep up with. But it was this all-khaki kit that saw him really rise up the style ranks. A luxe update on the traditional tracksuit, Malik’s green getup includes a MA1 bomber, smart Nike sweats and some regulation Air Max 90 Ultras.
May: Robert Pattinson
Whether he’s on the front row or on his way to an after party, Robert Pattinson is usually the most stylish man for miles. Here he is rocking a power colour combination of navy, black and white to secure his place among this year’s best-dressed. A mac, shirt, trousers and trainers wouldn’t normally be something to shout about but he utilises his palette perfectly to bring them into classic cooler-than-cool R-Patz territory.
June: Luka Sabbat
Which brings us to June and our favourite new tastemaker, Luka Sabbat. We’ve been keeping the model under sartorial surveillance since February and when Coachella came around, he used it as an opportunity to demonstrate his style and music credentials in one wholly sequin-less hit. Sabbat’s vintage Raf Simons limited-edition sweatshirt is pretty strong on it’s own, but the eagle-eyed among you will notice that it also includes a portrait of late Manic Street Preachers icon Richey Edwards. We expect big things from this young fashion aficionado – big things.