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The sartorial stakes are already quite high on the red carpet at the annual Met Gala, so when Anna Wintour laid down the decree that men were to show up in white tie, they were raised even higher.

How would fashion’s leading men answer the call of an antiquated dress code of rigorous decorum?

Well, as it turns out, there were a few guys who went traditional and nailed it, while a few took some liberties and actually pulled it off. (And there were a number of fellows who fell in between that we just won’t mention.)

Herewith, the white-tie winners of last night’s Met Gala:

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - ArrivalsBenedict Cumberbatch: He went traditional and nailed it. But you wouldn’t expect anything less from Tom Ford and Sherlock Holmes.

050614_Met-Gala-Kanye-WestKanye West: Another guy who went traditional and totally nailed it is someone you would have easily expected to show up in the latter category. Or in a white tee. (Granted, he did make it his own by skipping the tie.) Well done, Mr. West.

050614_Met-Gala-Joshua-JacksonJoshua Jackson: Here’s where the risk-takers shined. Pacey skips the tails for a white dinner jacket with black lapels. It’s standing out in the right way.

050614_Met-Gala-Frank-OceanFrank Ocean: Another white dinner jacket. This time with a black tie. When you’re pressing your luck, it’s good to be Frank Ocean.

050614_Met-Gala-David-BeckhamDavid Beckham: Another white-dinner-jacket, black-tie move that works. This time, it pays to be a British soccer god.

050614_Met-Gala-Asap-RockyA$AP Rocky: Just when you think A$AP is going to play by the rules, he ditches the patent-leather shoes for a pair of badass boots.

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar