Humble, dignified, intellectually nuanced, well mannered, and polite, his endearing charm is further buoyed by his (enduring) boyish looks, approachability, and (most notably) his tasteful signature style; the latter in which he consistently (as thought it were clockwork) cuts an elegantly refined silhouette in whatever he wears with relative ease and a characteristic poise in hand that would be unattainable where it not for his sheer comfort living in his own skin (and chosen attire).
And that gent’s (and ladies) is precisely why he stands before the world as both a modern day gentleman and a style icon in every sense of the distinction.
An inspiration to many, his unwillingness to (stylishly) bend to the transient will of seasonal trends or of conventionally resorting to hiring of a professional stylist to handle (and curate) his wardrobe are both matters so rare (within the industry) that they alone deserve additional praise. For you see in but a few scant years he has managed to put on display a sartorial masterclass in discernibly tasteful dressing — on the red carpet, silver screen and leisurely — that men of all walks of life would do well in taking peculiar (referential) note of... and he accomplished just such a feat without nary a helping hand save that of his talented tailors.
In sartorial essence, he commonly relies on his personal intuition alongside the institutionalized eloquence (having received his education within the hallowed, classically styled halls of Eton and Cambridge) and the professional formality (bequeathed by his family) that he has developed throughout the years as the creative compass points that he references when faced with the task of dressing himself. As consequence, his signature style is essentially simple, purposefully formal, and fundamentally timeless and precise in its execution.
Suffice it to say, if I were a betting man I'd certainly wager that Eddie’s innate talent for always charmingly accentuating his lithe silhouette to best effect alongside his exquisite taste and his steady professional accent will be remembered for decades to come.
As such, it gives me great pleasure to present this style dossier detailing how to properly channel the trademark looks of the one-and-only Mr. Edward John David Redmayne.
Without any further or ado, here is a stylized documentation of his rise to modern style icon and international movie star. It is an insightful and comprehensive style guide that outlines all the signature styling moves and commandments that drive and define his fastidiously peerless style.
From what he can teach a man about the power of a perfect fit (and the role of a proper suit in a man's life) to an onslaught of his best looks from over the years and (four) inspirational outfit grids that outline how to best channel, adopt and incorporate different aspects (and pieces) of his style into your own life (should you desire it), there is something within this feature that is sure to please any sort of sartorially discerning desire out there.
But why Mr. Redmayne?
Because his timeless approach to dressing — by its classic nature and time-tested foundation — is a permanent fixture in the history of menswear lore, having a consistently relevant draw that has endured for well over a century as we speak; which ultimately means that it will never truly wane in popularity or (for that matter) fully dissipate from the public consciousness.
Simply put, his style is irrefutably charming and cultivated to such a heightened degree (whilst organically being predicated upon the sporting of iconic menswear staples) that it has become universally appealing for good reason: its simple (essentialist) in its approach and is a look most any gent can pull off with but a little studied effort and a confident disposition to carry it all out with.
Now, as for that impeccable style...
: The Suited Maestro :
In that regard, there is not much to add that has not already been explored ad verbatim by the many industry plaudits, friends, and followers alike he has gathered over the years..
That said, the one matter in which must be noted is that of his unwavering insistence on always sporting a suit that is impeccably tailored and fitted — to within a inch of his body — to ensure that his best features are purposefully highlighted and that he consistently looks as elegantly charming and properly put together as gentlemanly possible (the faultless fit of his clothing is what holds together and elevates his formalwear game to the next tier).
: The Casual Savant :
From throwing together some of the most comfortably stylish looks to ever grace an airport terminal to hitting the streets in fitted leisurely perfection, he consistently looks well put together and sanguine no matter where he finds himself plying his trade in the world. And it is within that characteristic form of refined casual panache — which is so often so simple, versatile, and universally practical — that it begs the question of how (and why) not more men attempt to pull together (in the same manner as Eddie) these tangibly wearable yet elegant looks for themselves on a daily basis.
But don’t fret, because you can still rest assuringly in knowing that Mr. Redmayne’s style is always a sound referential point to consistently aspire towards if need be.
: The Model :
That said, it is quite evident (and surprising) that his creative tastes are always reflectively on display whether it be within the gilded pages of industry standard style publications (GQ, Mr. Porter, Esquire, et al), on the silver screen, or upon billboards the world round; no matter where one sees his face the accompanied look is seemingly always in synch with his as properly fitted and characteristic aesthetics — all of which could honestly be mistaken for being simply an extension of his artistic self expression and very being (i.e. he chooses his partnerships wisely).
: Red Carpet King :
So whether it be that he opts for (or is required to wear) a traditional morning suit, a contemporary midnight blue tux with contrasting shawl collar/lapels, heritage patterned suits (using varied textures/fabrics), or in merely eschewing the cummerbund in lieu of playing to the Hollywood version of black-tie is of little consequence because he has a innate aptitude and creative eye that ensures he always looks sharp, capable, comfortable, and a step-ahead of the rest of his peers when it come to charming at a premiere, awards gala, or special event.
As such, and in spite of whatever the occasion (or season) calls for, his approach is always the same and never fails to impress as he always keeps his looks simple, elegant, practical, and traditionally anchored.
And it is within that characteristic awareness that the commendable authenticity of his trademark style resides, it is in the fact that he revels (and excels) within traditionally simplistic wardrobing parameters while routinely wearing what he is most certain works — which is typically classic British tailoring mixed with a touch of Ivy-league prep — and subtly experimenting upon that base in a tasteful manner by playing with touches of texture and colour to achieve optimal effect. Ultimately, what this manifests into is a gent who always looks properly kempt in whatsoever he wears whether it be on the red-carpet or a Sunday stroll through the park with his dog -- from bespoke morning suits through shawl-collared cardigan sweaters worn over a t-shirt, chinos and classic sneakers, he wears everything with grace and ease.
Definitely, his style is so sharp and precisely cut, his experimental boldness so refined, and his characteristic awareness and cultivation of his personal style and signature look so masterful that it should come as no surprise to the unititiated that he is a modern style icon bar none.
And while some would be quick to single out his seemingly impeachable formal wardrobe rotation as the high point of what Eddie can teach a man about style and the power of a uniform — few have even said that he likely was born in a suit — I would advise you to venture further into his leisure and casual styling habits because there are very few of his peers that can match (save you possibly Mr. Ryan Gosling) his "off camera" refinement. Point being is that his polished taste does not simply end where his suiting wardrobe does (which is something that can most often be said of most celebrities and media personalities).
And yet, despite an evident willingness to experiment with fabric, pattern, and texture, the distinctive wardrobing pillar of his style is (and will likely always be) his discerning eye for simple, staple pieces that are tailored to perfection — from his formalwear to his leisurely pieces, everything is cut to best accentuate his physique. And that is the one component of his style that elevates it to the next level: his understanding of the critical role and power of fit (as it pertains to personal style) and in how to best utilize it to befit his lithe silhouette and desires no matter the occasion or level of formality set before him.
Which is precisely why whether he is routinely relying upon the universally failsafe (and flattering) tonal range of navy, black, grey, and browns that he so commonly known to employ to full effect or tastefully experimenting with heritage patterns (tartans + checks) and fabrics, Eddie's exquisite style manages to continuously stay tastefully grounded no matter what he is snapped wearing.
Fundamentally this means that you are not likely to find Eddie sporting athleisurewear, streetwear, or anything else for that matter that stands in direct opposition to his lithe, streamlined, and perfectly tailored modern gentlemanly aesthetic. He prefers tailored chinos or denim during his days off (and not joggers) and suits on every other occasion — and nearly never veers of such a highly cultivated course.
And as such, one would be hard pressed to unearth a photo of him not wearing somethings that features some sort of lapel or formal collar, whether its a notched lapel on any of his bespoke two-piece suits , a shawl collar on a casual cardigan sweater, or a peaked lapel on his Burberry trench (which he wears dressed down with a t-shirt or fussed up with business wear), Eddie always incorporates (at bare minimum )one formal piece into every ensemble to add a sense of formality and that subtle touch of sartorial eloquence he is famous for.
And given his acute blue-green visual colourblindness, it simply astounding how well he attires himself and just how polished he always looks no matter the occasion — from weekend coffee runs and interviews to after parties, airport terminals. red carpet premiere and gala award shows mixed in.
Just be the judge yourself and inform me otherwise…
Hinc lucem et pocula sacra
It is said (by those who have met) Mr. Eddie Redmayne — born Edward John Redmayne in Westminster in 6 January 1982 — that he is as warm, affable, courteous and sartorially astute a man as you are sure to cross paths within your lifetime. But, ask most any lady what first stands out about the man and the collective soundboard will likely be dominated by any of the following traits: his magnetic smile, his trademark freckles, and (resoundingly) his charming style.
Yet, the first thing one must know about the man (in regards to his style) is the fact that he routinely cuts a remarkably polished (and coordinated) silhouette despite being borne into his world with severe red-green colour blindness (as previously noted above). It's a mild impairment to be sure, but when a man's is under such observation and critical scrutiny as he is one would often be quick to surmise that a misfire here or there was in the cards…but you would be gravely mistaken if you were to believe such a thing.
And it is by that measure alone that most would place him — and his seemingly nonchalant sartorial prowress and sophistication — upon a pedestal above any other contender (whether they or he has their full faculties about them is of little consequence). Which, when you take into account the reality that he (always) dresses himself — relying upon his own instincts and never those of a celebrity stylist — whether faced with a red carpet world premiere, his wedding day, or a leisurely morning occupied by the walking of his dog or in the company of his beautiful wife, Hannah Bagshawe, it becomes quite evident that Eddie is a man of highly cultivated taste and a gent who is — despite being notorious for his anxious disposition — completely at ease with his true character, his style, and his choice career.
And that is precisely why from the onset of his feature cinematic debut in 2006 in Like Minds & The Good Shephard through his up-coming franchise (possibly career defining) role as Mr. Newt Scamander in the summer blockbuster spin-off Harry Potter series “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, Eddie has always cut the dashing figure of a true modern gentleman who has come to age in complete comfort and sartorial security.
But who is the man behind it all?
An avid painter with a love for the piano and a trained art historian who also counts himself as a fan of both tennis and rugby, Redmayne's tastes are vast in there creative spectrum yet always cultivated in such a nuanced manner. And much alike the man who he was tasked with portraying on route to winning his Oscar — the brilliant Professor Stephen Hawking — he too is also a graduated “Tab” (an alumnus of Cambridge University) where he earned his distinction as an art historian in 2003. But unlike the venerable professor himself, Mr Redmayne's creative eye veered to that of art in lieu of the formers selective science, which turned out to be a taste of what was to come, seeing as he always had an eye for fashion and art (despite his colour blindness) — he wrote his final dissertation on the ultramarine shade of International Klein Blue while specializing in Venetian architecture and surrealism.
But, such a life was never to be (or yet to be for that matter) as his career within the entertainment and fashion industry had already began to blossom around the same time he had graduated.
And the rest, as is often said, is history…
A history that brings us to the present day, whereupon after winning an Oscar (2015) for portraying Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, one could honestly say that he has cemented his position amongst the brightest film stars in the world; a fact in which only looks likely to be further solidified once his (sure to be global smash-hit) turn playing the lead role of Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter prequel movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" bows into theatre's later this year.
On the personal and family side of life, Eddie married Hannah Bagshawe in 2014 and the happy couple is expecting their first child (as well as Eddie's first born) this summer.
One could say that the future certainly looks bright and holds much in the deck for Mr. Redmayne…
Mr. Redmayne is a gentleman of unquestionable taste, style and talent: a true modern icon in every regard (style or otherwise).
The self-proclaimed black-sheep within a professional family (bankers + property), he has managed to make a name (and living) for himself in an arena that so few find little success in, let alone acclaimed plaudit and international fame.
Educated in the starch-filled halls of the most prestigious educational institutions in Britain (Cambridge, Eton) before breaking into the fashion industry as the fresh face of Burberry in 2008 and gaining accolade (and fame) for his role in Les Miserables (2012), Eddie just recently reached the summit of his profession by becoming the proud recipient of what is often regarded as the holy grail of professional prestige for any employing his craft: an Oscar win for his portrayal of venerable Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
: Silver-Screen Style :
Clockwise From Upper Left: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016); Les Miserables (2012); The Theory of Everything (2014); My Week With Marilyn (2011)
And that is why, despite the fact that some may pin-point his privileged background as the ultimate orchestrator of his successes, that he takes nothing for granted; never resting upon his laurels (both those bestowed upon him by his family as well as those brought to the forefront of consciousness by past professional successes), content in being satisfied with the status quo, nor ignorant to the reality of his gilded position.
His secret to success? Being kind, respectful, dedicated to his craft, uncompromising in his pursuit for success, always seeking out new challenges (such as his role in the Danish Girl), and characteristically looking (and living) the proper part of a true 21st century leading man whether he's on official duties or basking in his leisurely downtime with his family and friends.
So whether it is offering a sartorial masterclass in black-tie (traditional or Hollywood) dressing or in giving average gent’s travel style envy with his polished casual airport ensembles, the man is blessed with an uncanny ability to make even the most sharply tailored suits look as routinely comfortable and easy to wear as that of his casual leisurewear. He simply transitions from his finest formal wear into his casual garb with graceful ease and eloquent (often tonally subdued) nonchalance in hand.
Collectively, his style is so coherent, and executed with such precision and passion, that it's difficult not to be enamoured by his tastefully classic vision, its simple foundation, and its characteristic dependence and inclusion of timeless menswear staples that most every gent owns.
And that is why he is a contemporary style icon: he exudes effortless cool, is utterly comfortable in his own skin and signature style, and routinely takes the proper measures that ensure he always looks, acts, lives, and dresses like a proper gentleman.
Style icon, international movie star, luxury model, husband, Oscar winner, gentleman, and a soon to be father...
...Mr. Redmayne truly embodies the consummate modern gentleman and all his characteristic ideals and (tastefully) stylized merits.
So what opinion do you hold of the simple, tastefully polished signature styling of Mr. Redmayne? Is it something you could see yourself employing in the near future?
Chime in below whether for or against it…
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