While it’s no surprise that Tinie Tempah, a man as well known for his debonair sartorial sense as he is for his raucous beats, topped GQ’s annual 50 Best-dressed Men List for 2012, there were some surprising names to be found. Namely, Prince Charles.
The Prince of Wales came in at number 50 on the style list this year, being lauded for ''proving the point that some men seem to grow into their wardrobe with age''.
And there were some surprisingly big names who came forward to admire his fashion prowess. Legendary designer Donatella Versace said of the prince: ''I have an image of what a British gentleman looks like, and that image finds real expression in Prince Charles. He is beyond fashion - he is an archetype of style.''
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Even more surprising was that Prince William – widely thought of as the more stylish of the House of Windsor men, not least because of his fashion-darling wife – was nowhere to be seen on the list. William ranked 27th last year but dropped out of the running completely this year.
Prince Harry dropped from 5th place last year to 25th this year, with the men’s mag quipping: ''His brother may end up as king, but this year the younger son has been crowned the prince of style'' for successfully rocking ''uniforms... well-cut suits (and) the dishevelled tumbling-out-of-a-nightclub jeans''.
Tempah however was noted for a ''true passion for elegance and proportions'' which helped him scoop first place. In second place was Man City striker Mario Balotelli and in third place, Matt Smith of Doctor Who Fame, who GQ said had the distinct talent of looking stylish in clothes that ''should be a joke''.
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The conventionally attractive were also bestowed with honours, with Robert Pattison, Andrew Garfield and Henry Cavill named in the top 10.
But not everyone’s personal sense of style was revered by the magazine. GQ also drew up a worst-dressed list which included the likes of US rapper Chris Brown, Jamie Oliver, David Cameron’s director of strategy Steve Hilton and Strictly Come Dancing star Robbie Savage, who the list concluded looks like ''a reject from a Mills & Boon cover''.
The panel of expert judges assembling the list included Gary Barlow, Tom Ford, Christopher Bailey and David Walliams.
The GQ Best Dressed Men List 2012 appears in the March issue of GQ, out next Thursday.
The GQ Best-Dressed Men of 2012
1. Tinie Tempah
2. Mario Balotelli
3. Matt Smith
4. Robert Pattinson
5. Andrew Garfield
6. Henry Cavill
7. Idris Elba
8. Christian Bale
9. Sergio Pizzorno
10. Ian Brown
1. Chris Brown
2. Steve Hilton
3. Robbie Savage
4. Dappy (N-Dubz)
5. Mike Jeffries (Abercrombie & Fitch CEO)
6. Country Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons)
7. Mark Wright (reality TV star)
8. Douglas Alexander (shadow foreign secretary)
9. Jamie Oliver
10. Ollie Locke (reality TV star)