Beard fatigue had unquestionably set in around the Guardian fashion desk. But then along came Graham Norton presenting at the Baftas, silently arguing the case for the silver beard, and our facial-hair ennui was lifted. In terms of red-carpet dressing for men, the grey beard is a game-changer. Grey stubble signifies that distinguished silver-fox thing – ground which José Mourinho and George Clooney keep a tight grasp on. But Norton hasn’t gone there. Instead, he’s opted for the jaunty apprentice Santa, chic gnome route which, coupled with a beaming grin, totally works. The marbled purple silk tuxedo jacket has a touch of the Eltons, while the oversize grosgrain bowtie and cummerbund are a baby footstep down Liberace Street. It says something about the power of the snowy beard that, among this showbizzy sartorial mash-up, it is the facial hair that steals the show. Non-celebrity men, take note.