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I have just been made aware of GQ's best-dressed list for 2011 by Toby Worthington who knew I couldn't resist another exercise in the pot calling the kettle black. I am depressed by any number of images of the internationally best-dressed Javier Bardem in an open-neck shirt and stubbly chin plumbing the depths of originality. I note he's got a big chin so one might forgive the facial hair but I really don't know what they're on about. Here are some of the supposedly best dressed men in Britain..
Daniel Day Lewis No 50. We know this one. Naughty subversive chap wears brown shoes with black suit just because he can. Works well with the brown piping on the lapels and perhaps signifies something more than a minor act of rebellion now. (Who put the flowers there? Looks like a funeral parlour.)
Alasdhair Willis No 42 who happens to be married to Stella McCartney. So if you're going to axe the tie, this is a good solution. Great tailoring if you ignore something awry at the neck. He always was a sharp dresser when we were at art school.
Charles Finch No 46 I adore a blue dinner jacket and I bet he's wearing blue suede shoes which always make me wince with a mixture of pleasure and discomfort. What's going on with the lapel? Oddly crafted bow tie's quite sweet and I'm for a good white handkerchief in the breast pocket. Well done, old thing!
King of the talent show dark empire Simon Cowell No 43. I' ve seen him on his shows looking a saddo in v-neck t-shirts but this is casually authoritative and chic. Fabulously textured suit and a plain knitted tie does it for me. Particularly this shade with the hint of light taupe silk kerchief.
Benedict Cumberbatch No 41. The scarf looks like a calligraphic stroke on this very agreeable red carpet suit. Really not keen on arranging scarves in this metropolitan way but he gets away with it.
Frankie Francis No39. Endearingly considered scruffiness. Tres Johnny Halliday.
Stephen Webster No38. No, please! As style fascist Peter York observed, if you're going tieless you've got to have a shirt designed for the purpose. The collar's too big. Silly statement buttons and hint of primitivism in the necklace make this attempt to recapture youth just all too predictable.
Christopher Bailey No 33. I thought I didn't like this minimal mess at first but rather love the Ariel/Vietnam grunt duality.
Plan B No 32 No idea who this is. Anyone who has the balls to look like a building society clerk who moonlights as a bouncer has to be congratulated. Cute.
Jude Law No.29 Cockney gigolo - I don't think so, Jude. And there's no growing room in that.
Ray Winstone No 28. Managing to look like the crook and his barrister in one. Magnificent.
William Gilchrist No 25. Always hard to keep focused when talking to someone so studiedly attired as this. But what a glorious colour palette when you include his suit lining.
Raffish hair, beard and hat combo n'est ce pas.
Tom Hardy No 24 A successful midnight serenade.
David Cameron, Prime Minister No 20. Quintessential boring English dresser. And I am surprised to see him in the Best Dressed list on account of his collars. Certainly before he entered No.10 Downing St, his laundress used to do that annoying thing of massing the fabric into the seam instead of smoothing it out and away. How can you vote for that??
Dominic Cooper No 13. He pulls it off with the hipster/toff look I'd say.
David Walliams No 11. Yet another great blue suit with winning combination of white shirt and black tie. The white socks (a no-no in my father's day) are just this side of sensationally spivvy. I think this is my favourite.
Billy Nighy No 10. Now here's a thing: London Transport operatives used to wear light grey suits and pale blue shirts and to me it was never a good look.
Jenson Button No 9. I'm not really the person to ask about this as I'm sick to death of smart jackets and jeans. The ash can effect gives it a touch of originality but he still doesn't deserve his 9th place on the grid.
Aaron Johnson at Numero Uno. Bad boy in his dad's DJ trying to remember how he was taught to do his bow tie. What can one usefully say? Romantic curls of course.
Grateful thanks to GQ.com here