WHY SHE MATTERS “Idris is not the kind of person who just has a stylist bring him a boatload of clothes — he gets involved and is passionate about it,” says Konteh of her collaborator for eight years and counting. “His style is sharp.” A few of the Luther and Turn Up Charlie star’s signature looks include tailored overcoats and monochromatic suits, almost always with Christian Louboutin shoes, preferably custom. For 2018’s Met Ball, Elba co-designed his black tuxedo with Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller. “The theme was religion, so we ended up designing this clergyman-esque jacket with white cuffs to emulate the white [clerical collar],” says Elba, who accessorized with pointed, white-stitched black shoes.
TOP LOOK Elba chose a statement suit in “money green” by Ozwald Boateng (“really special, inspired by Ghanaian and African prints,” he says) for the Globes, where his 17-year-old daughter, Isan, served as ambassador. “I couldn’t find the bow tie, so subsequently I went onto the carpet without it,” says Elba. Konteh notes that his style is always “so effortlessly cool,” it didn’t matter. “It was so sharp, totally unexpected, and everybody loved it.”