LONDON (Reuters Life!) - International glamour outstripped Hollywood and hometown favorites at the top of the 2011 best-dressed list for men’s magazine GQ.
Film star Javier Bardem was chosen by GQ’s British edition as its top best-dressed man internationally, followed by Indian-born Sikh jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia and Alexander Skarsgard, Swedish star of the hit U.S. television vampire show “True Blood.”
“The Spanish actor is the epitome of underplayed style — no wonder he caught Penélope Cruz’s attention,” British GQ said of the 41-year-old “Biutiful” star in its February edition due out on Thursday.
The top 10 list also included Bollywood star Shah Rukh Kahn at number four, “High School Musical” heart-throb Zac Efron at six, new England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at eight and George Clooney at number nine.
“From the silver screen to Nespresso machine, the actor is an immaculate throwback to the golden age of Hollywood heroes,” GQ said in an advanced copy emailed to Reuters.
At the other end of the scale, actor Mel Gibson was the number one worst-dressed man internationally, followed by British fashion designer Henry Holland. GQ also panned Hollywood actor Will Smith’s son Jaden for his sartorial sins as well as American Apparel founder Dov Charney and Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.
“It’s high time Rose left his clothes out in the November rain,” said GQ in a pun on one of the group’s songs.
The magazine’s list of the 50 most stylish men in Britain was topped by English actor Aaron Johnson — who played the nerdy superhero-cum-vigilante without any superpowers in director Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Kick-Ass.”
“Sam Taylor-Wood’s actor baby daddy certainly kicks ass fashion-wise,” the magazine wrote in February’s edition.
Johnson was followed by “A Single Man” star Nicholas Hoult at number two and English actor Douglas Booth, best known for his turn as Culture Club frontman Boy George in TV flick “Worried About the Boy.”
Royally speaking, GQ noted that Prince Harry is now the most eligible of the men in line to the British throne, now that Prince William has announced his plans to marry long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton. Harry took fifth place as a new entry in the overall standings of the 50 most stylish British men, while his brother William anchored 17th place.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for Sloane scruffs who can’t keep the back of their shirts tucked in,” GQ quoted Tatler magazine Editor Catherine Ostler as saying about Harry. “He’s well dressed in the sense that he looks good because he really doesn’t care.”
Soccer player David Beckham may not have graced the England team with his skills at last summer’s World Cup, but he hung onto a place in the sartorial stakes at 16, while Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has fared better than his predecessor Gordon Brown.
Cameron ranked 20th in the overall 2011 best-dressed Britons list. Brown did not make an appearance this year but was voted worst-dressed last year.
Music impresario Simon Cowell may top the record charts with his proteges, but could only manage a modest 43 in the best-dressed list.
“He pretty much has a uniform: it’s comfortable and easy,” GQ quoted celebrity blogger Perez Hilton as saying. “It must be nice to go into your closet and have 30 black T-shirts and 20 grey ones, and know you’ll look good.”
Editing by Steve Addison