As an equal opportunity fashionista, I think it’s only fair to give the men a shot at their very own title as well. For The Fashion Bomb’s First Fashionable Male Award, how about we choose from the following debonair gentlemen?
First up, without question, is Kanye West:
He once said he didn’t need a stylist because he shops so much he can speak Italian. Well his propensity for shopping certainly showed in 2008! Though we gave Kanye the side eye for his internship hijinks, his singular style could not be denied. In 2008 Kanye stored his signature prepster gear away, replacing his pastel v necks with trendsetting suits, edgy eyeglasses, and adventurous color combos. This college dropout gets an A+ for fashion originality. Do you agree?
Next up in the style queue is Common:
On top of his forays into t-shirt design, this year Common has capitalized off of a new prime-of-life steeze, heavy on cardigans, suits, and intellectual glasses offset occasionally by his traditional neo-soul vibe. Talk about great in ’08!
Next, we have Pharrell:
This Billionaire Boy kept his look fun and lighthearted this year, favoring sweatshirts emblazoned with his line’s logo over stuffy button ups. If he had to wear a suit jacket for a red carpet event, he paired it with a pair of jeans in a dark wash. He had a swagger that made everything seems unerringly cool and ahead of the curve. Doesn’t hurt that he looks absolutely divine. (Between me and you…I’m so not a groupie, but would probably run and jump on him if I saw him!).
Lastly, a Fashionable Male contest wouldn’t be complete without Diddy:
As a CFDA award winner and owner of the Sean John label, Diddy obviously embodied sleek sophistication, so much so that L’Uomo Vogue had to give him shine on their October cover. This year he tempered his typical suits with tributes to Obama in t-shirts worn with or without jackets. Diddy got his grown man on in the fullest sense, leading as an example by way of his mature style and by offering political support via his fashion and celeb status.
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