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Though Richard Madden rose to fame as the princely Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, it was the BBC drama Bodyguard which propelled him to Hollywood renown – and won him a Golden Globe award for lead actor, received in a perfectly proportioned velvet tuxedo by Giorgio Armani. Which comes to the young actor’s style credentials – worked on alongside Gareth Scourfield, the stylist who we recently caught up with on SMRDays.com – he demonstrates a particular prowess for tailoring, whether the aforementioned tuxedo (good enough to let the James Bond rumours linger) or navy and double-breasted, worn with a cashmere roll-neck beneath. But the Glaswegian looks equally good dressed down: whether his perennial off-duty uniform of a suede jacket, tee and jeans, or a just-unbuttoned-enough shirt and requisite aviators, as pictured on the streets of Milan (a recipe for how to dress come summer in the city).
As his extensive resume attests, there are few things that British actor, rapper and musician Riz Ahmed cannot do – which also happens to include being one of the world’s most sartorially astute leading men (and don’t just take our word for it, you’ll find him on a slew of best-dressed lists the world over). It’s not quite so easy to work out what his exact formula is: you’ll as likely find him in a tuxedo as a palm-printed bomber bomber and sneakers on the red carpet, or something entirely more adventurous (in Milan, he made an unexpectedly convincing proposition for the return of the boiler suit). Either way, it’s made him a favourite with the fashion set – he has sat front row at Prada and wore British designer Wales Bonner to the British Fashion Awards – but his eclectic approach to dressing up (or indeed, dressing down) makes him ample inspiration for any man looking to change up his style.
Idris Elba is another hyphenate: the Londoner counts writer, fashion designer, producer, rapper, songwriter and DJ as some of his many pursuits (not to mention being People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in 2018). But it’s his status as leading man – with memorable roles in The Wire, Luther, and Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, whereby he played the titular revolutionary – which has made him one of Britain’s finest exports, taking him from Hackney to the red carpets of Hollywood, where the 6’2 actor never looks anything else but razor sharp (like Madden, his ease in a tuxedo has meant James Bond rumours all his own). But Elba cuts a suave figure away from the LA circuit, with a downtime uniform of clean black tees, jeans and Comme sneakers (and the occasional piece of headwear, from beanie to baker boy) that proves that most of the time you look best when you aren’t really trying at all.