If we look back at photos from the first two decades of the 21st century, it may be more difficult than ever to determine the era of clothing. These were decades of constant change; as trends came and went faster and men discovered a new appreciation for what they were wearing and why they were wearing it.
These changes were thanks to the ten men who inspired men around the world to try new things with their closets. It was not all good and it will certainly not look good on the pictures. But damn it, it was exciting.
André Lauren Benjamin entered the 21st century in clothing that was as extravagant as his rhyming style. And for the next 20 years he set new standards, both textually and sartorial. He flew long against the prevailing style winds of rap and developed a hip-hop spin for golf clothing a decade before Tyler, the creator. With his pocket squares, tie pins and his wide-brimmed hat, he also set the pattern for the # menswear movement (although he wore it with a knowing irony that the Pitti Peacocks could never imitate).
Tom Ford left the 2010s in the same way as in the 2000s. in a black suit with a white shirt, almost unbuttoned to the navel. In the meantime, he has not only demonstrated the power of a uniform, but also how important it is to bend it – he has tried his signature look in double denim, suede and all types of velvet. The uniforms were large in the first two decades of the 21st century, but unlike Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg and Barack Obama, Ford showed that it's about consistency, not a fashionable straitjacket.