Browsing All Posts filed under »Formal Fashion«

Profile: Hansen’s Clothing, Robert Talbott and Gitman Bros.

March 28, 2014

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Last month I mentioned that I had recently investigated two of the few American menswear brands that offer classically inclined formal wear.  Having profiled the offerings of Paul Stuart, it’s time to take a look at Robert Talbott formal wear and its primary supplier, Hansen’s Clothing. The Robert Talbott company originated in 1950 when New York […]

Spotlight: The Marcella Shirt

March 19, 2014

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The Marcella shirt is a uniquely British compromise between the formality of the traditional full-dress shirt and the comfort of the American black-tie shirt. The term evolves from Marseilles in reference to that city’s production of quilts with distinctive raised patterns beginning in the early 18th century.  In the latter part of the century, Lancashire […]

Brooks Brothers Spring 2014 Catalogue

March 11, 2014

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Besides the parade of exposed shirt navels and one inappropriate pair of velvet loafers, the black-tie spread in the latest Brooks Brothers catalogue isn’t too bad.  Yes, most of the jackets feature notch lapels but at least all of them are one-button models.    And the shirts all feature turndown collars which sets a good […]

My Slate Article

February 27, 2014

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In the run-up to Sunday’s Oscars, online magazine Slate asked me to write a tuxedo primer so that readers might appreciate the men’s red-carpet fashion choices as much as the women’s.  I had some fun with the piece, themeing it as a sartorial field guide to the various tuxedo incarnations commonly seen these days.  It was published […]

Review: The Black Tux

February 24, 2014

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Overall Rating: Price: competitive with national chains Style & Options: very good; excellent if you like modern styling Ordering & Customer Service: very good / excellent Fit: very good Quality: excellent for rentals Value: excellent Los Angeles-based friends Andrew Blackmon and Patrick Coyne have seriously raised the bar on tuxedo rentals with their mail-order company […]

Spotlight: The Albert Slipper

February 21, 2014

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The Albert slipper aka Prince Albert slipper aka house shoe  is a luxe slipper typically defined by velvet uppers that often have an embroidered design on the vamp, quilted linings, and leather soles.  (It is also sometimes called a Churchill slipper but that term is more commonly applied to leather casual slippers.) Variations include an unadorned […]

Review: Black Lapel Tuxedo

February 17, 2014

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Overall Rating: Price: very good Style & Options: excellent Ordering & Customer Service: excellent Fit: very good Quality: very good Black Lapel is a New York-based China-made online tailor founded in 2011 by, appropriately, two Chinese-American men.  The philosophy of owners Derek Tian and Warren Liao is to go above and beyond in providing customers […]

Misguided Mavericks

February 13, 2014

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Whenever I review red-carpet formal wear I notice that fashion writers frequently fawn over outfits that stand out from the crowd.  I’m often tempted to do the same, until I put those outfits in the context of said crowd. Tuxedos by nature are intended to be understated, partly to allow the women’s raiment to take […]

Profile: Paul Stuart Formal Wear

February 11, 2014

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Over the years that I’ve searched for classically inclined formal wear I’ve found only a handful of American brands that seemed to rival the elegance of the British: Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Robert Talbott and Paul Stuart. As part of my wardrobe upgrades for my most recent black-tie outing I took the opportunity to investigate […]

Behind the Scenes at the NAIAS Charity Preview

January 23, 2014

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After attending the Charity Preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show last week I spoke with the show’s Executive Director Rod Alberts for some insight into North America’s largest annual black-tie event.  It turns out that his views on the dress code are much the same as mine. But first, a bit of […]

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