As an attempt to boost the reputation of American fashion at the time, the International Best Dressed List (IBDL) was founded by fashionista Eleanor Lambert in 1940. The American magazine Vanity Fair (VF) is currently in charge of the List after Eleanor Lambert left the responsibility to Vanity Fair editors in 2002, a year before her death.
Each year, the committee reviews thousands of ballots received from around the globe, then honors them and mentions them on a men’s and women’s list; some are even inducted as IBDL Hall of Famers.
This year, Filipino-American architect and designer Daniel Romualdez has been mentioned in Vanity Fair’s IBDL 2017. The newly released Men’s list also includes basketball star LeBron James, British musician Harry Styles, tennis player Roger Federer, and Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau.
Also in the list in the Men’s category are British actor, director, and musician Danny Glover; danseur Roberto Bolle; artist Henry Koehler; JFK’s grandson Jack Schlossberg; and violinist Charlie Siem.
Daniel Romualdez, who now resides in New York, was born and raised in the Philippines and came from a political family. He was quoted by VF as mentioning “White button-down shirt” as his favorite item of clothing and “The kids in his office” as his style idols. His style motto is: “I depend on a uniform so that I do not have to make any fashion decisions in the morning.”
Meanwhile, VF’s IBDL 2017 Women’s list featured singer-actress Rihanna, Anh Duong, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kirsten Green, Solange Knowles, Eugenie Niarchos, Rebecca de Ravenel, H.M. Queen Letizia of Spain, Lady Amelia Windsor, and Dasha Zhukova.
Click here to see the full list of Vanity Fair’s IBDL for men and women 2017.