White Tie in Vanity Fair

October 1, 2014

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This month’s issue of Vanity Fair features Robert Downey Jr. in full dress on the cover and in one of the photos for the accompanying article.  There is no reference to the outfit other than to say it is supplied by Giorgio Armani.  However, it’s nice to see it done correctly in light of the turndown collar […]

Posted in: White Tie

White Tie & Tails: Men’s Formal Wear for 1936

September 30, 2014

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Originally posted on witness2fashion:
Correct Formal Dress for Men, from 1936 Delineator Magazine If you’re wondering why a site devoted to everyday fashion is featuring “white tie, top hat and tails,” it’s not just because I love old Fred Astaire movies. The 20th century was often a more formal place than the 21st century.…

Posted in: History, White Tie

2014 GQ Men of the Year Red Carpet

September 23, 2014

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Part of an ongoing series spotlighting the (in)ability of the men on the red carpet to capture the timeless elegance and sophisticated equivalence of black tie, whether through careful adherence to its conventions or skilful manipulation of them. (Readers unfamiliar with the standards of successful black tie may want to first check out A Field Guide to Tuxedos.) The […]

Posted in: Red Carpet

Closeout Sale at Toronto’s Walter Beauchamp Tailors

September 22, 2014

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The closing of Walter Beauchamp Tailors is a real loss for Toronto sartorialists.  The company began in 1908 by making military dress uniforms and came to count many of Toronto’s social elite as its customers.  I had a bespoke suit made there by their master tailor a few years back and it’s a work of art. Sadly, […]

Posted in: Miscellanea

New Direction for The Black Tie Blog

August 28, 2014

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As I approach my 5oth birthday and The Black Tie Blog’s third anniversary, I’ve decided to shift gears and spend more time on living life and less on reporting it. Even with a modest output of six or seven posts per month, the blog still requires a significant amount of research and writing time.  Once that’s combined […]

Posted in: Admin

2014 Emmys Red Carpet

August 27, 2014

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Part of an ongoing series spotlighting the (in)ability of the men on the red carpet to capture the timeless elegance and sophisticated equivalence of black tie, whether through careful adherence to its conventions or skilful manipulation of them. (Readers unfamiliar with the standards of successful black tie may want to first check out A Field Guide to Tuxedos.) At […]

Posted in: Red Carpet

Buttoned Up

August 15, 2014

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When I first wore my first three-piece tuxedo a while ago, I took every opportunity to unbutton my jacket and proudly display the sartorial elegance of my classic evening waistcoat.  Returning from the event, I reviewed the evening’s photos only to realize that this practice made the overall outfit look less sophisticated, not more so. Historical fashion […]

Posted in: Etiquette
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