Picture the scene: London’s remarkable Royal Opera house is abuzz, with a ravishing red carpet rolled out, a plethora of photographers camped on the fringes, a myriad of media types flanking the venue entrance and a cacophony of celebrities waiting in the wings. It can only mean one thing, the BAFTAs – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – award ceremony 2013 and a swarm of well dressed gents in the best formal wear around.
For the second year running luxury British menswear brand Hackett were the official stylist for the BAFTA awards – and once again they proved that when it comes to formal dress, Hackett really does lead the way.
Leading from the front as Master of Ceremonies for the night was host, Stephen Fry. Stepping out on stage in a stunning Hackett bespoke dinner suit, shawl collar waistcoat, pleat front formal shirt and a Hackett Mayfair pocket square it was easy to be distracted from the verbal melee that ensued.
Next up was Pulp Fiction, and more recently Django Unchained, star Samuel L Jackson sporting a navy Hackett Mayfair peak lapel velvet dinner jacket, Hackett dress shirt and formal trousers.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Sherlock Holmes star Mark Strong opted for a navy Hackett Mayfair three-piece suit complete with white Hackett Chelsea shirt and Hackett Mayfair tie.
Luke Evans, of The Three Musketeers and Clash of the Titans fame and soon to be star of the next Hobbit installment wore an exquisite burgundy Hackett Mayfair peak lapel velvet jacket, formal trousers, pleat front formal shirt and bow tie.
Rising star Emun Elliott decided upon a Hackett Mayfair velvet dinner jacket in navy, formal trousers, pleat front formal shirt and bow tie. Whilst Atonement star Alfie Allen, brother to pop singer Lily, wore a navy Hackett Mayfair dinner suit, pleat front dress shirt and bow tie.
When it comes to men’s formal wear, Jeremy Hackett attributes the secret of success to “the detail [...] whether it’s the fit or the little details like the dress studs”.
With all of Hackett’s celebrities being fitted in the intimate third floor surroundings of Hackett’s flagship store in Sloane Square, British elegance was undoubtedly the theme of the night – the award ceremony a mere plus one.