Browsing All Posts filed under »Formal Fashion«

The Emperor’s New Tuxedo

October 8, 2013


Ever get the feeling the fashion industry is little more than a barometer of consumer gullibility? Here I was thinking that celebrities of late have been sporting exposed shirt waists on the red carpet because they were oblivious to the way that the unbroken lines of a tuxedo’s black trousers and matching jacket imbue men […]

2013 Emmys Red Carpet

September 24, 2013


The faux-tuxedo was in full force at the Primetime Emmys last Sunday.  Rare were distinctive dinner suit traits such as one-button jackets, shawl or peaked lapels, bow ties and waist coverings.  Instead we had to settle for pedestrian two-button jackets, notch lapels, flap pockets, long ties and exposed shirt navels.  Adding insult to injury, the […]

2013 GQ Men of the Year Awards Red Carpet

September 16, 2013


Here’s a look at some of the black tie seen at the GQ Men of the Year awards held in London on September 3.

Spotlight: Formal Loafers

August 23, 2013


When I was first assembling my black-tie kit I was attracted to the distinguishing swank of formal pumps but ran into a few obstacles in my quest to obtain a pair.  First and foremost, such footwear seems to be made only by high-end shoemakers which makes for a hefty price tag.  On a lesser note, […]

Review: Tailor4Less Tuxedo

August 21, 2013


February 2014 update: This post has been re-written in to adhere to a new, standard format for Black Tie Blog garment reviews. However, my fundamental assessment of the product remains the same and the postscript has been left untouched. Overall Rating: Price: excellent Style & Options: poor & very good Ordering & Customer Service: poor […]

The Wholecut Dress Shoe

July 10, 2013


This week I discovered a new breed of shoe that I never knew existed before thanks to a reader who asked if wholecut models were suitable for formal wear. For the edification of other footwear philistines such as myself, wholecut shoes have uppers that are constructed from a single piece of leather and so are […]

2103 Met Gala Red Carpet

June 14, 2013


The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds an annual black-tie gala in May to celebrate the opening of their annual exhibit.  “The Met Gala” or “Met Ball” is sponsored by Vogue, the guest list is overseen by the magazine’s all-powerful editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the tickets cost up to $25,000 which makes the affair […]

2013 Tonys Red Carpet

June 12, 2013


I don’t usually bother reporting on the Tony Awards as the attendees typically dress more like bohemians than gentlemen.  However, formal wear’s conservative wave  seems to have swept up even these sartorial iconoclasts as you can see below.

2013 Cannes Red Carpet

June 11, 2013


May was a very busy month for me so I’ve got some catching up to do on my red carpet reporting.  First off is the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where the post-millennial trend of conservative tuxedo styling continued in force.  Developments of note were: the long tie and notched lapel seem to have beat an […]

A New Take on Rentals

June 5, 2013


A few months ago I was contacted by the young owners of a start-up business aiming to provide quality tuxedo rentals in the US by mail.  Their company is called The Black Tux and their business model is to offer higher quality rentals than mainstream renters at a lower cost.  They include free shipping (both […]


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