Fashion people everywhere are wagging their tongues about how adorable it is that 8-year-old Romeo Beckham, son to David and Victoria, budding style star in his own right, is number eight on British GQ’s list of 50 best dressed men. We think it’s a gimmick.
Now, we’re pretty big on best-dressed lists here at Styleite, and having taken flak for some of our own, we understand what a sensitive matter they can be. Which is why when we air our disagreements with the list, we do so with the utmost respect.
But we can’t help but wonder why, for example, Prince WIlliam was so far down the list at number 27 (right behind the younger Beckham at 26). His brother Prince Harry is number 5, but we can’t remember an occasion on which Harry managed to out dress the future king. Does the throne entitle Wills to a higher spot? Certainly not. But his princely pocket squares and well-cut suits certainly do. We should note that this is both prince’s debut on the list.
It’s not like the group includes men who don’t deserve the distinction — numbers 33 to 36 (Burberry designer Christopher Bailey, DJ Mark Ronson, actor Matthew Goode and musician Bryan Ferry) merit inclusion, if not much higher spots. Actor Jude Law and musician Tinie Tempah make sense for the list, as does Arthur Wellesley, the Earl of Mornington. Tom Ford‘s not actually British, but his offices are in London, so we guess that counts. We were glad to see Aaron Johnson, the star of Kick Ass. But putting him at number one was, we think, a little generous.
Also strange was how colorless the list was. There are loads of well-dressed men of racial backgrounds that don’t include the descriptors Irish or French in Britian, and all of the ones who come to mind are much better dressed people than Simon Cowell, who took spot 43. Where were actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and designer Ozwald Boateng? And what about actor Dev Patel? Without those men — and Boateng, especially — the list seems woefully incomplete.
As for the younger Beckham, we can understand how fascinated people are with him. He’s a really well dressed little dude, and we’re sure that in a fair contest he and Arlo Weiner would dominate the best dressed list for Little Dude Monthly. But we’re reading GQ, which stands for Gentleman’s Quarterly. And as far as we’re concerned, no 8-year-old boy, no matter how natty, qualifies as a gentleman.
50 Most Stylish Men In Britain [GQ UK]