New categories for new looks as personal ‘style’ evolves in this brave new world, GQ is now asking readers to cast their vote
The most stylish event on South Africa’s social calendar – the GQ Best Dressed Awards – is ready to welcome fashion mavens and style setters to a grand affair on the 27th of August 2022, this year in celebration of the eloquence of personal stylish expression.
The awards ceremony, which has been a staple on the event calendar for more than 16 years, recognises the personal flair of some of South Africa’s most fashionably sophisticated, and will once again be hosted in Sandton, Gauteng.
In 2022, the Awards take cognisance of the growing evolution and expansion of stylish self-expression and will, for the first time in their history, introduce new categories that speak to this fresh understanding of what it is to be ‘stylish’ and considered ‘best-dressed.’
One of the honours to be added to the line-up of 11 categories of the best-dressed, includes a reader’s choice award, under the hashtag #GQBD2022. Readers had free rein to nominate anyone they believe had the style savvy to be a leader, including themselves.
Explaining the new format for the prestigious awards, GQ Editor-in-Chief, Molife Kumona says: “With the evolution over the years of what being best dressed means, it is important to celebrate individuals who know how to own a certain category of style. Someone dressed in a classic suit and another in an African attire can both be ultra-stylish, but who is owning it, and in what style category? That’s who we are celebrating on the night. It is quite exciting as we also get to celebrate a more diverse group of individuals.”
The award categories for this year’s GQ Best Dressed are as follows:
- Best Dressed Teen
- Best Dressed Female
- Best Street Style
- Afro Modernist Style
- The Classic Style
- The Avant-Garde
- Best Dressed Celebrity
- Best Dressed Fashion Influencer
- Fashion Icon
- Best Dressed Couple
- Best Dressed Reader
Previous winners of the awards have been rapper Cassper Nyovest, television personality Kat Sinavasan, actor Thapelo Mokoena, film director Justice Mukheli, sports star Siya Kolisi, entertainer DJ Tira, and actor Vuyo Dabula, among others.