Style Watch: GQ Awards
Now in its 21st year, the GQ Awards celebrate the men and women who shape the world’s cultural scene of style, politics, entertainment and sport. The worthy winners for 2018 include the likes of Prince Charles, Rose McGowan, Chadwick Boseman and plenty others. In true spectator form, just like any other awards ceremony, the eagerly anticipated red-carpet looks were the talk of Regis HQ – and after much debate we’ve picked our favourites just for you.
Ok, so perhaps our ‘debate’ wasn’t quite a debate, and resembled more like excited adolescent chatter, but nonetheless there were definitely a few red-carpet looks that surprised us as we swiped through.
Long gone are the days where black-tie meant black or midnight-blue tuxedos with a dress shirt, bow tie, patent leather shoes and a traditional haircut resembling short back and sides or a Patrick Bateman style slick-back. The looks may not have been traditional, but they were definitely chic – some even pushing the boundary further, que Charles Jeffrey’s Kabuki style face paint.
So, without further ado, here are some of our favourite looks from the loosely ruled black-tie GQ awards.
Keep it cool like Chadwick Boseman
Having stolen the hearts of fans all over the globe, Chadwick was awarded the gong for International Man. The star of the highly-acclaimed superhero flick, ‘Black Panther’, kept his look slick and simple with a pistachio-hued Louis Vuitton suit and t-shirt combo. He paired this with straight-out-the-box white trainers for a casual vibe. Chadwick’s seemingly simple ensemble is curated carefully, even down to his hair and beard. It’s no surprise that his textured hairstyle and neatly groomed beard has been on every man’s style watch list this year thanks to the enormous success of ‘Black Panther’. When you’re this well-groomed, he could probably have rocked up in his Black Panther costume and the black-tie organisers wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. We certainly wouldn’t have mind, that’s for sure.
Isla Fisher’s Vermillion Vintage
Where better to pull out your best couture than at the GQ awards? The Australian actor stunned in her elegant all-black Alberta Ferretti gown. Isla’s gorgeous vermilion locks stole the show and provided the perfect splash of colour to her black ensemble. We’re definitely seeing a move to more classic hair styles that are brought back on trend through clever styling and modern colour, just like Isla’s soft waves and hard side-part. She’s one of the funniest redheads in Hollywood at the moment, but there’s nothing to laugh about Isla’s ensemble here, she means business.
Turn heads like Dua Lipa
Scooping up the award for Solo Artist of the Year, the British singer wowed in this leopard one-shouldered mini dress. Let’s face it, we don’t know many who could pull off something this ‘leopardy’. Leopard gives us some serious 90s nostalgia. It just takes a couple of scrolls on her feed to realise she’s not afraid to mix up our favourite 90s looks and bring them bang up to date for 2018. Her GQ look is no exception – from her tousled wavy bob with side-part to her strappy black sandals and cute mini box-bag. Did we mention her leopard dress?
Chris Hemsworth appreciation
Damn. Looking beautifully dapper as always, Thor star Chris Hemsworth casually posed for photos on the red carpet in a midnight-blue tuxedo with black trim. He might not have trailed too far away from the traditional dress code for a black-tie get up, and this may be the precise reason he stood out to us. Possessing a certain ‘James Bond’ pizazz he definitely nailed his simple but classic look for the GQ awards. We’re noticing that men are all about the textured crop at the moment and we loved Chris’s slightly swept over style.
Did you even notice Rita Ora’s hair?
Leading the glamour as always Rita Ora’s signature pearl blonde locks, worn with a slight flick at the ends, looked amazing as they glistened under the spotlight. And that dress. Again, we’re learning to come to terms with the loosely labelled black-tie event. Rita continued the one-shoulder theme with a British couture Ralph and Russo gown. In pure-Ora fashion she also added a splash of (or a big dollop of) sartorial salaciousness to her sheer ensemble with clearly visible stockings and suspenders. Oh la la.
When you’re Kate Beckinsale and your dress is a flight risk
Okay, so one that sparked a bit of a debate in the office was Kate’s barely-there Julien Macdonald print gown. Yes, we loved her brunette tresses in a voluminous ponytail, and yes, we loved her glowing skin and signature style make up. But, it’s Kate’s unlikely choice of dress that got our tongues wagging. Her look was complete (or rather uncomplete) with tiny spaghetti straps, a plunging neck line, thigh-high split, and major torso-bearing cut outs. You’d think that her near wardrobe malfunction was enough to contend with as she posed for photos, but she also had to turn her attention to that dramatic, flowy train. She may have had to pick up a few jaws rather than awards, but she makes our list because she cuts an undeniably amazing silhouette. Just look at those pins. What her ensemble lacks in fabric, she more than makes up for in sass and the ability to maintain that frock alone. She definitely wins our ‘dare to dress’ award – sorry Rita.
Neelam Gill – 2018’s Lady in Red
As the first British Indian model to break into the modelling elite, Neelam is making quite a name for herself. She’s making headway in both the modelling world and social media where she talks openly about topics close to her heart like sexism, gender pay gap and online bullying. Not the sort of chat you would typically expect from a young, upcoming model. Needless to say, where her prowess ends on the catwalk her own sense of style begins – this time on the red carpet. She stunned in a red Julien Macdonald gown and her slicked back low bun completed her sultry but elegant look, putting the focus firmly on her sexy cut-out back. She resurrected the lady-in-red and rolled her style watch forward to 2018. And we’re so glad she’s back.
How does Zendaya resemble a quality street and still look good?
Proving that she can kick up the perfect colour storm, Zendaya turned heads in her purple and yellow Ralph and Russo gown. Looking far beyond her years, the 22-year-old actor and singer cut a sophisticated silhouette in this beautiful thigh high split gown. She managed to keep the ensemble looking young and modern with a wet-look slicked back hair style. Her gelled down baby hairs around her hairline injected that cool, urban vibe mixed in with some 90s nostalgia. LOVE.
Rose McGowan, stepping off her launch pad
It’s no surprise that straight-talking Rose McGowan picked up the Inspiration Award. She injected an 80s vibe all round with her metallic jacket by Osman. Completing her out-of-this-world look with her platinum buzzcut and pop of pink lip-gloss her outfit made quite the statement, and where better to make it than at the GQ awards? Her eclectic ensemble works well with her white blonde hair too – and gives off a fun, futuristic feel.
Dare to smoulder like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Are we surprised that the British model-turned-lingerie designer wore a racy bondage-style neckline? Probably not. She wowed us as in her vintage style Versace dress where she looked classy and chic. Complimenting her dress was a deep bronze tan and some serious no-detail-spared hair and makeup. Smokey eyes have somewhat been stealing the spotlight from our long-time friend the winged eyeliner, but Rosie is bringing this dramatic look back on trend. She teamed it with fluttery eyelashes and plenty of light browns and matte bronzes. She contrasted the look with a romantic half up hairdo with pieces falling to frame her face for a soft finish.
Tom Hiddleston’s “I just returned from my gap year and wound up on the red carpet” look
Ok, so remember how we said that the black-tie dress code is having a bit of a melt down at the moment? Well, if it wasn’t for Tom’s brooding stare his velvet tux and tousled ‘gap year’ hair peaking from behind his ears may have been a step too far. Wait, who are we kidding – did you see Charles Jeffrey turn up to the GQ awards with face paint? Scroll up if you missed it. Velvet may be a fabric that you often associate with fancy dress events, but Tom manages to pull this off, quite well in fact, complete with bow tie and white dress shirt. His rugged beard and long hair combo really set off this carefree yet classic look for 2018.
Be more Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum is being dubbed the perfect example of how to dress in your golden years. At the age of 64, Goldblum’s bubbly charm is evident even in his outfit choices, which are naturally as effervescent as the man himself. This ensemble for the GQ awards is no different and comes complete with a golden blazer paired with a metallic shirt and matching tie as well as the obvious choice of zebra-print loafers. Tux-glasses are also a thing now, and coupled with Goldblum’s side swept, low taper fade he began to look too hip for his own good. Jeff’s sense of 50s rockability mixed with his take on the modern man of 2018 makes for the perfect signature look. If we could bottle up his style and charisma, we would. So, with that said, watch and learn young men of 2018.