The dress code at the 2014 Met Ball, themed ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ was “white tie,” which meant the guys were on their best glam behavior—at least most of them. Tuxes were spotted at every turn among the handsome hunks on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday (May 5). It takes a lot of sartorial strength to stand up to the rush of bustling, bold gowns that punctuate the evening, but let’s hear it for the men who made it work.
David Beckham: This hot topic was hotter than ever in a crisp, cool Ralph Lauren Black Label white shawl collar tuxedo jacket, black bow tie and black tuxedo pant. This is the way to rock formal wear, without a hit of fussiness. Swooning yet?
Douglas Booth: The British actor took a regally traditional route, but put a refreshingly modern spin on his head-to-toe Burberry outing. He was positively dashing in a black tailcoat and dress trousers, worn with a white waistcoat, wing collar bib-front shirt, white bow tie and black loafers.
Andrew Garfield: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ star looked sharp in silver, dressed in a Band of Outsiders metallic blazer with contrasting black shawl collar, paired with a white shirt, black bow tie and black tuxedo trousers. I love the touch of metal here.
Johnny Depp: Donning a full-on, theme-appropriate costume, the actor flaunted his signature quirky appeal in a Ralph Lauren Purple Label black tuxedo tailcoat and white pique vest, accessorized rather robustly with round shades, plus a chain pocket watch, cane, white gloves and black and white dress shoes. Too much?
Bradley Cooper: Looking a bit more scruffy and less buff-y than usual, the actor wore a classic black Tom Ford tuxedo, complete with a long tailcoat, white bow tie and pocket square. He’s packed on the heft for an upcoming movie role in ‘American Sniper.’
Eddie Redmayne: The British cutie was altogether dapper in another head-to-toe Burberry look like fellow Englishman, Douglas. Impeccably tailored, his slim-line black tailcoat and trousers were worn with a white waistcoat, wing collar bib-front shirt, white bow tie and shiny black loafers.
John Legend: Also dressing to theme, the singer selected a Ralph Lauren Purple Label black tuxedo tailcoat with a white pique bib front formal shirt, white pique vest and white bow tie, topped off with a chain-link pocket watch and Ralph Lauren Purple Label black shoes.
Kanye West: The rapper sauntered out with a cool attitude in a Lanvin look, composed of black wool silk tails, white piqué vest and a black tuxedo pant.
Carmelo Anthony: The top-hat-donning basketball pro joined the evening’s fashion circus in a custom Rag & Bone navy barathea tailcoat with black barathea lapels, a black barathea waistcoat and black barathea tuxedo pants. Unfortunately, this rather comical ensemble, with its red carnation boutonniere, actually was rather clownish.
Hugh Dancy: Attending with the beautiful Claire Danes, the actor was equally elegant in head-to-toe Prada. He wore a black kid mohair three-piece tuxedo, a white smoking popeline shirt, a black faille bow tie and black leather lace-up shoes.
Joshua Jackson: It would be hard for Joshua to stand out with Diane Kruger by his side, but he still tried his best in a Hugo Boss suit. While he obviously kept the white tie code in mind, I didn’t love the way his cream dinner jacket aligned with his white shirt and off-white bow tie.
Jake Gyllenhaal: Posing with sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, the actor wore black and white with a crisp Givenchy tuxedo complemented by a Dary’s tie pin. I’m not a huge fan of the rugged facial hair, or the fashion mix, but this is an adorable bro and sis moment.
Edward Norton: Stepping outside the evening’s black and white tux trend, he opted for navy with his Theory single-breasted tuxedo, worn with a long tie rather than a bow tie. He completed the ensemble with Jimmy Choo ‘Prescott’ loafers. His wife, Shauna Robertson, was also in Theory by Olivier Theyskens—a custom gown with graceful draping.
Benedict Cumberbatch: The Ralph Lauren Purple Label brand showed up again in Benedict’s sartorial statement—a black tuxedo tailcoat with a formal white wing-tip bib shirt, a white pique shawl vest and white bow tie. Feel like you’re seeing double, or triple, yet?
Frank Ocean: The singer-songwriter polished his look with a Givenchy tuxedo, featuring a white dinner jacket and black trousers, embellished with Jacob and Co. jewels and Dary’s tie pin.
Ryan Reynolds: The actor wore a Gucci Made to Order midnight blue velvet Signoria tuxedo with a grosgrain shawl lapel, white evening shirt, a contrasting maroon bow tie, navy grosgrain cummerbund, and black patent leather lace up shoes. His arm candy for the night was his gorgeous wife Blake Lively.