Men's fashion saved the Golden Globes – Dan Levy, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Josh O'Connor among the best dressed

On a night of few best dressed women, the guys upped the style stakes with fun, colour and texture

It is possible that I'm alone in this, but the fashion at the 2021 Golden Globes left me a little ... unenthused.

It was a night that held much promise, almost a return to normality. Yes, much of it was taking place in the stars' living rooms via Zoom, but there was also a flock of A-list names attending ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City. We had something akin to a red carpet for the first time in almost a year.

But what we were served was a series of sub-par prom dresses, some of which looked like they were plucked from a 1999 sale rack, not the finest haute couture created for Hollywood's A-list, in my humble opinion.

There was a saving grace, however – the men. Boy, oh boy, did the boys bring it, style-wise.

Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy was a ray of sunshine in yellow Valentino. Styled by Erica Cloud, we had texture, colour blocking and sparkle, care of his sequins and metallic shoes. Ever the professional, Levy, a vision in chartreuse, set up a photoshoot backdrop in his home for the ceremony.

Golden Globes ambassador Jackson Lee, the son of director Spike Lee, wore Gucci to walk the NYC red carpet. The statement look consisted of a double breasted robe-like jacket, decorated with the brand's Grottesco jacquard, a satin lapel and a Time's Up badge.

As with Levy's look, there was plenty of texture to enjoy, as it was styled over a wool mohair vest. It managed to feel timeless and vintage, but incredibly modern all at once.

Also in Gucci was Jared Leto, who is known for a far-from-conventional approach to red-carpet dressing. Appearing from home, the Oscar winner wore a camel-coloured suit, complemented with an orchid brooch and grey shirt.

The oversized flower brooch and flared trousers could have veered into clown territory on many, but Leto's indubitable sartorial confidence ensured he pulled it off without looking like a court jester.

Josh O'Connor, who plays a young Prince Charles in The Crown, also brought some fun and games to the ceremony with a striking custom Loewe look, designed by Jonathan Anderson.

O'Connor seems to be attending the Harry Styles School of Red Carpet Fashion, and I am delighted to see it. With a cravat, statement collar and wide-fit trousers, the look is a debonair departure from a top-to-toe black tux.

That is not to say that all-black is always boring, as Sacha Baron Cohen proved. The award winner was styled by Ilaria Urbinati, wearing a custom three-piece suit with a black shirt by Dolce & Gabbana.

Keeping it similarly sharp but simple, Justin Theroux wore his trademark skinny-fit trousers and Chelsea boots, paired with a velvet tuxedo jacket to attend the awards in person from New York.

We were treated to colour from One Night in Miami ... and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr, who threw the rulebook out the window with a list of contrasting shades. Somehow he made a chocolate brown Valentino suit, neon-green turtleneck and pale pink shirt work effortlessly.

There were numerous stars sat at home whose full looks we did not get a chance to see, sadly.

Four guys who would have been looking sharp from head to toe are Daniel Kaluuya, John Boyega, Eugene Levy and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, all of whom were only seen sitting.

Winning Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Kaluuya was sat in front of a bookshelf, wearing a navy jacket with contrast stitching, but his bottom half was left a mystery. Best Supporting Actor in a TV role winner Boyega wore cream colour-blocked Givenchy up top and Abdul-Mateen II looked sharp in a powder-blue Paul Smith jacket. Levy kept it characteristically sharp in a well-tailored grey suit and shirt.

My style MVP on the night had to be Riz Ahmed. The Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama-nominated actor had the balance between at-home slouch wear and sharp tailoring perfected, care of a relaxed, pinstriped Celine suit, styled with bright white high-tops.

Riz Ahmed wears a relaxed Celine suit to attend the 2021 Golden Globes from home. Instagram 
Riz Ahmed wears a relaxed Celine suit to attend the 2021 Golden Globes from home. Instagram 

Updated: March 1, 2021 05:46 PM

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