Major men’s style icons of the 21st century
Men’s style has undergone a lot of changes during the 21st century, and some of these style icons have had a big role to play in bringing about these changes. As the years progress, it’s almost certain that men’s style will adapt again. However, we should take some time to appreciate some of the male figures that have shaped the fashion industry this century. Here are just a few of the most prominent.
This man requires very little introduction. The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain star has never been too far away from the camera. When he wasn’t gracing the pitch with his incredible technical ability, he was often booked to spearhead the campaigns of some of the world’s most famous fashion brands.
In 2007, he became the face of Emporio Armani – fronting an underwear campaign in a multi-million-pound deal. More recently, in 2011, he signed a distribution deal with H&M in order to promote his bodywear range.
During his footballing career, he inspired many young men and boys to take an interest in their looks. His Mohawk, bleached-blonde, messy look and comb-over hairstyles were copied all over the UK. It’s rare that such a talented sportsperson has the ability to connect with multiple generations through the use of fashion, too.
His style as evolved over time, and he has modelled everything from tailored suits to plain white t-shirts and jeans. However, you don’t have to have a multi-million-pound deal lined up to access great quality jeans. Just have a browse through Dickies wide selection of trousers, and you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes without breaking the bank.
Even after all these years, Beckham has managed to create fashion styles that are accessible to everyone, and he shows no sign of stopping. It will be fascinating to see where he takes the men’s fashion industry next.
The 007 icon has wowed audiences with his sophisticated style ever since his appearance in the 2006 blockbuster Casino Royale. Who can forget his most famous scene in which he appeared from the sea in trunks? This scene brought him to the forefront of peoples’ minds, and his style has been continuously scrutinised and examined by the press ever since.
On-screen, he may be renowned for his crisp, clean suits, but, off-screen, he adopts a more conservative, understated approach to his style – a style that is relatable to the average man. Although he prefers to distance himself from his James Bond character when not in front of the camera, Craig has a mainstream look and boasts the ability to pull-off a host of styles, and this surely makes him a 21st-century fashion icon.
The simplicity of Gosling’s look lands him a place on this list. Although a white T-shirt and denim jeans might not jump out at you as being fashionable, Gosling makes this style look effortless, and it just goes to show that often the most effective looks are the most simple. Esquire compiled a list of what makes Gosling’s look stand out from the crowd, and it’s well-worth a read.
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