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The Best-Dressed Men at the Met Gala Didn’t Play by the Rules

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Who would you rather look like, James Bond or the Monopoly Man?

That was the question facing the male guests at last night’s Met Gala, where many of the men on the red carpet chose 007 over Rich Uncle Pennybags.

The white-tie dress code had eyebrows raised weeks in advance of the ball. “Dress like a butler on Downton Abbey” seemed to be the decree handed down to the attending gents. And who would have thought anyone would be brave enough to break the rules, but for whatever reason—white tie’s hard to find, wildly expensive, and impossible to pull off unless you’re 6’2″ and British (i.e., Colin Firth)—many men did.

The New York Times reported that Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough called cochair Anna Wintour to get her blessing to opt out of the more formal garb, donning regular ol’ tuxes instead. So did all of the men wearing penguin suits and dinner jackets in lieu of tails with decorations call for permission before stepping out last night? Only Wintour’s call log knows the answer to that question. But as it turned out, many of the best dressed were not in white tie.

David Beckham looked quite Bondian in a cream Ralph Lauren dinner jacket with his tux. Ryan Reynolds was sans tails in a midnight navy velvet Gucci tux, and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Dolce & Gabbana tux was subtly cool with a wide shawl lapel and low button stance. The consensus seemed to be that a standard black notch lapel dinner jacket wasn’t going to cut it. In the end, none of them looked underdressed next to those who went full formal, and they brought some sartorial charm to a red carpet that was mostly uninspired on the women’s side.

Photo: Getty Images

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