For 28 years and counting, November in Los Angeles has been punctuated by the starriest, most show-stopping event of the season: GQ’s annual Men of the Year Party. (Actually, there have been a few exceptions—like MOTY 2002, which honored that year’s magazine cover stars Denzel Washington, Hugh Grant, and Ralph Lauren—that took place in New York City. As an event, it’s sort of spiritually bicoastal.) And when we’re talking about the biggest menswear red carpet of the year, let’s just say that “big menswear” has meant a lot of different things through the high-octane 1990s, the freaky early aughts, and the no-rules 2020s.
With the latest Men of the Year bash just around the corner—hosted by the electric quartet of Jacob Elordi, Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott, and Tom Ford—we’re taking a look back at a smattering of the biggest, boldest looks to ever strut the MOTY red carpet, from Tom Holland’s epic velvet tux in 2021 to OutKast’s galactic-level fits in ’02.
Which burgeoning style icons will earn their rightful place in this hall of fame in 2023? (The dress code listed on the invite? Modern Red Carpet.) Keep a close eye on GQ.com this month to find out.