Brian Williams is a trusted newsman and proven teller of Brooklyn jokes, but is he also one of America's most fashionable men? We're inclined to say no, if only because Williams's outfit of choice-- dark suit, crisp white or light blue shirt, and conservatively striped tie--is also our father's outfit of choice. Vanity Fair disagrees. Williams is on their annual Best Dressed List for the fourth time this year, which means he's going to be "retired" and put in something called the "fashion Hall of Fame," which is like the baseball hall of fame, without the steroid suspicions. “Brian deserves to be in the Hall of Fame because he represents male glamor,” Vanity Fair's Amy Fine Collins told the Today Show this morning. “He’s dashing, he’s manly.”
Nobody's here is calling Williams dashingness into question. (Nobody.) It's just that we've never thought of him in sartorial terms before (well, maybe we should have--Joseph Epstein, doing a Media Diet for us, called this one ages ago, vastly preferring Williams to Jim Lehrer when it came to haberdashery). Which is why we've assembled a gallery of his notable looks over the years. You can make your own judgements, but we'll just say: rare is the man who looks at home in black tie as he does in a flame resistant jump suit.