This week saw the hottest and most stylish celebrities take to the red carpet at the Met Gala, famous for showcasing eccentric styles, but who has been at the forefront of fashion this year?
Streetwear brand Criminal Damage has analysed Google search data to reveal the male celebrities who have been inspiring with their fashion choices in 2021 and interestingly, only one person from the top list made it to this year’s exclusive Met Gala.
Music stars dominate the list, with superstar Harry Styles securing first place after having made some serious waves in the fashion world with his bold and statement looks, and A$AP Rocky, who sported a colourful ensemble at this year’s Met Gala takes fourth place.
Monty Aytan, executive at Criminal Damage, said: “Musicians, specifically rappers, have become the face of streetwear that we know today as many are not afraid to be bold with prints and graphics. It’s therefore no surprise that so many of us are looking to stars such as these for our own style inspiration.”
Top ten most searched celebrities for style inspiration
1. Harry Styles
Harry’s bold and statement looks, complete with flared trousers, bold pattern suits and softer accessories have sent waves through the industry, driving the genderless fashion movement.
He’s certainly caught the eye of many in the past few years, and whilst Harry was not at this year’s Met Gala, his creative and feminine looks have certainly stolen the spotlight in the past. So much so that a huge 310,791 people have searched for Harry’s stylish looks this year alone.
2. David Beckham
Ex-footballer, David Beckham’s classic style has proven popular as he secures second place. Becks’ signature looks comprise of tailored suits and fitted jeans, often accompanied by a basic shirt or t-shirt. Simple yet sophisticated has proven popular, with Beckham’s style accruing over 85,000 searches this year to date.
3. Prince Harry
A somewhat surprising entry from Prince Harry shows that classic looks never go out of style. And though we’re all a fan of a man in a suit, Prince Harry’s recent change in lifestyle, and therefore attire, may be the driving factor for such a high volume of searches.
4. A$AP ROCKY
Often photographed in New York wearing the latest streetwear fashion, it’s no wonder A$AP makes the list. With various high fashion and high street collaborations under his belt, including everyone from Dior to Vans, A$AP’s style appeals to many. A$AP wore a colourful quilt by the young designer, Eli Russell Linnetz, at the Met Gala. His choice of outfit certainly showcased his boldness and creativity.
This K-pop superstar is known for his ability to layer clothes impeccably and his unique style makes bold prints appear easy to wear. For those who are unsure how to incorporate bolder prints into their everyday looks, Kai’s style is a great place to start, with his ease of turning everyday streetwear into high fashion-inspired looks.
6. Daniel Craig
Classic outfits, from timeless tailored suits to blue jeans and plain shirts, have meant Daniel Craig never goes out of style. The acting star can often be seen in neutral colours and loves to add headwear to his looks, with staple black sunglasses and a flat cap for a more mature look.
7. Travis Scott
Making moves in the fashion industry, Travis Scott, comes in at seventh place. Whilst his signature style is more subdued than some of the other rappers within the list, Scott is very much a streetwear style icon in his own right, often experimenting with prints, baggy graphic tees, open plaid shirts, and the freshest footwear.
8. Ryan Gosling
No stranger to a tailored suit, Gosling is known for his fitted black-tie looks across the red-carpet, however, outside of award ceremonies, his style captures ‘smart-casual’, with fitted jeans or black trousers, brown or black shoes and a casual shirt. With over 16,000 searches for the actor’s fashion looks, this simple style is a hit with many.
9. Tyler the Creator
The Californian rapper is known for his bright and bold looks, often pairing unusual colours and making them work. No stranger to headwear either, Tyler the Creator loves to wear statement hats, from flat caps and beanies to aviators and bucket hats.
10. Brad Pitt
One of the biggest red-carpet icons, Pitt loves a pair of aviator glasses, sticking well and truly to his ‘Hollywood star’ roots, whether dressed up or down. His polished style has remained consistent throughout the years, yet clearly remains a favourite with many.
Whose style from the top ten do you resonate with the most?
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