GQ Men of the Year 2011

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Dining on venison carpaccio, rost halibut and smoked salmon croquettes followed by chocolate and pistachio parfait, the guests at the GQ Men of the Year awards at the Royal Oprah House in London's Covent Garden were surrounded by some of fashion and entertainment's biggest hitters (if not already one of them themselves). Drinking Penfolds wine and Tanquerary gin, Smirnof vodka or a Pampero Cula Libre, sponsors Alfred Dunhill had places notebooks on each table setting, just in case, no doubt, guest Keith Richards wanted fellow attendee Bono's number.

The event helped raise some serious cash for the charity Help for Hero's which aims to raise money for wounded British Armed Forces out in conflict on their return, and saw the who's who of London - and Hollywood - turn out in force for the annual awards event. As the Laurent-Perrier Brut NV flowed, the guests were joined by others to enjoy the after party  - which I was invited too but was tightly bound in bed with a nasty cold which wouldn't have looked good whilst stalking  in the vicinity of One Direction or the enviable Douglas Booth.

Winners and presenters were treated to a goodie bag stuffed with a host of Alfred Dunhill bits including a cashmere blanket, i-Pad case, pen, travel wallet and spa voucher. Dunhill dedicated himself to creating the very finest men's luxury goods and last night continued that dedication by providing such discerning gentlemen with these essential luxuries for modern times. Elegant and functional as they were creative and innovative, it was this commitment, along with a true appreciation for culture, travel and craftsmanship that secured Dunhill's status as the definitive men's luxury brand that we admire today.

There were a couple of hundred guests that joined the awards event, but these are my picks of the best dressed. OK, it's not hard to look good in a tuxedo or a smart ensemble but true to the saying 'they wear it well'...

Bradley Cooper in DB (despite some longer than normal trousers)


Bill Nighy in sleek two buttoned and signature thick frames.


Douglas Booth looking a little shabby chic (but hott) in tuxedo but with traditional shirt and skinny tie.


Dizzee Rascal in single button tuxedo by Roberto Cavalli but again, with slightly longer than usual trousers (according to WSGN, once it's seen three times, it's a trend).


Idris Elba in a relaxed three-piece grey marl checked suit, and some directional suede Cuban healed Chelsea boots.


John Legend in a great tartan trouser with navy, black trimmed jacket. A great mix of heritage and style. 


Keith Richards. Enough said. Legend.


Mario Testino in a two buttoned tuxedo which is not a far cry away from his usual impeccable day wardrobe of a well fitted suit and crisp white shirt. Plus I spy a self-done tie, as apposed to a ready made one. Class and style personified.


Duran Duran (Nick Rhodes in Roberto Cavalli) in a luxurious mix of velvet and wool with satin trimming - supported by a rock edge of lace and feathers. Just like every rock star should...


Tommy Hilfiger in, surprise surprise, Tommy Hilfiger, and velvet black slippers.


Ahhh, the lovely Will Young in something less than smart but more than casual, I think the trousers should have been longer and a shirt been on show but an overall good look for the singer.


And to see who won, check out the gallery on GQ.
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