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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 […]

2014 Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview: Insider Report

January 22, 2014

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To paraphrase Dos Equis’ World’s Most Interesting Man, I don’t often attend auto shows but when I do I wear a tuxedo. My husband Brandon is an automotive engineer and a car enthusiast, bar none.  He never misses a Toronto or Detroit car show if he can help it but has come to accept that […]

Review: Mr Porter Black Tie Advertorial

December 23, 2013

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Mr Porter is an online retailer of designer goods for men and they are currently promoting formal wear and accessories.  As part of this Christmas campaign they have created a video “advterorial” for a luxury watchmaker Tudor that centres on black tie. Titled “Then & Now: 1960 Black Tie Elegance” the video is laudable in […]

The Western Tuxedo: All Gusssied Up

December 18, 2013

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Probably the earliest form of cowboy-themed formal wear is the “black tie and boots” dances held by Texan social organizations since at least 1940s. The most famous of these events is arguably the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball hosted in Washington quadrennially by the Texas State Society.  The fashion received nationwide attention in 1989 […]

Formal Fashion: Harrods Holiday 2013 Lineup

December 10, 2013

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Representatives of Harrods recently asked me to write a paid post about some of the formal menswear on offer from the luxury department store and I figured it was about time I ventured into the realm of formal fashions. While I will always champion traditional style over contemporary fashion, it seems like a good idea […]

Brooks Brothers Holiday Gift Book 2013

November 29, 2013

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Today is the start of the holiday shopping season in the US – and now in Canada too – so it seems like an appropriate time to highlight this year’s holiday catalogue from Brooks Brothers.  I always look forward to receiving this in the mail knowing it will capture the black-tie elegance that used to […]

Formal Fashion: Express Tuxedo Separates

November 28, 2013

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Right in the heart of downtown Toronto is this six-storey high illuminated advertisement featuring a very smart looking tuxedo.  To me, it’s as much a promotion of the concept of classic black tie as of the featured suit.    Thank you Express! On their Web site Express describe themselves as a “must-have sexy, sophisticated fashion […]

Guest Review: Black Lapel Tuxedo

November 15, 2013

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The following edited review is by Seth from New York who discovered made-to-measure clothing through his purchase of a tuxedo from online tailors Black Lapel.  My own review can be found here. Cost $688 (US) for a three-piece tuxedo. Ordering Process Black Lapel’s customer support is outstanding. I had a very detailed, conscientious response within […]

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