The GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017 saw the 20th anniversary of the celebration of the men -and women- who represent QZ throughout music, film, sport, politics, books and more. The awards took place at the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London and run in association with luxury suit retailers, Hugo Boss. This year’s host was none other than one of the UK’s most respected actors and our favourite baddie: Mark Strong (remember that villain from Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes back in 2009-yes, him!).
Here’s everything you need to know about who won what, and who wore what, as it wasn’t just accolades but the sartorial show that made this year’s GQ Men of the Year Awards the best yet.
Copper Dog Whisky Solo Artist of the year- Stormzy presented by Jeremy Corbyn
First up: Stormzy. The English artist who has pioneered a new age for grime music, notably through his debut album and grime’s first no.1 album: ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’. This featured the gold-selling song ‘Shut Up’, which lets admit, we all love. Stormzy has been praised for fighting for freedom of speech, talking about mental health issues and most significantly in the lights of political events earlier this year, he inspired many young people to have more interest in politics. Therefore, it was fitting that he was handed his award by Jeremy Corbyn whom he’d interviewed in the weeks preceding the general election in June.
Stormzy looking very dapper in a midnight blue two-piece
If you’re thinking ‘too many men, too many many men’, here’s a fine example of a ‘boss woman’, cue Adwoa Aboah…
Hugo Boss Woman of the Year: Adwoa Aboah presented by Poppy Delevingne
If it isn’t one of the most influential women of this generation. Her openness to discuss matters of mental health and even opening up about her own struggle with bipolar and depression have inspired a whole generation. Her creation of Gurls Talk back in July has provided a platform that encourages young women to talk about sexuality, mental health and empowerment. On top of this she’s fronted campaigns for Calvin Klein, Fendi and most recently Miu Miu. Congratulations Adwoa.
Creative Maverick of the Year Award- Sergei Polunin presented by Erin O’Conner
The Ukrainian ballet dancer is one of the best of his generation, he guests at world renowned theatres such as Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre as a freelance principle dancer. He’s starred in Hozier’s ‘take me to the church’ music video whilst later this year he is set to star in Kenneth Brannagh’s Murder On The Orient Express.
Special Achievement of the Year: Antonio Conte presented by Gordon Ramsey
The professional football manager and former player who is currently head coach for Premier League team Chelsea. GQ said ‘there could only be one contender’ perhaps because under him, Chelsea set a Premier League record for the most wins in a single season. On top of this, he has won three Manager of the Year Awards- in a row! And now another award to add to the list.
Breakthrough Actor of the Year: James Norton presented by Tuppence Middleton
Within a year this British born actor has stolen the hearts of women across the nation in his roles as a vicar, prince and psychopath in three of the Nations favourite TV shows. Whether this love affair started from watching Grantchester, War and Peace or Happy Valley, his roles in each of these massive hit TV shows leave us wanting more- please!
Scrubbing up like a prince in a bow tie and patent leather shoes.
Breakthrough Designer of the Year: Grace Wales Bonner presented by Jaden Smith
Grace Wales Bonner is a Design and Marketing graduate from Central Saint Martins. The twenty-something year old now has her own label: Wales Bonner which reflects a hybridisation of her explorations of European and African identity. Under a panel of judges (including Karl Largerfield and Marc Jacobs-eek!), Grace won LVMH Award (2016), one of the most prestigious amongst young designers. She also makes short movies with Harley Weir as well as producing a biannual zine in collaboration with Ditto Press that explores her designs (Everything is For Real).