Browsing All Posts filed under »Formal Fashion«

Behind the Scenes at the NAIAS Charity Preview

January 23, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]


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