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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
April 12, 2013
When Tom recently contacted me from England for advice on his outfit for a “once in a lifetime black-tie occasion” I was naturally intrigued. Turns out he wasn’t kidding: his friend in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had invited him to the recent Academy Awards ceremony. Tom kindly agreed to provide us […]
February 25, 2013
The Oscars may trump the Golden Globes when it comes to prestige but this year they were the sartorial runner up thanks to the predominance of the informal two-button notch lapel tuxedo jacket. Even host Seth MacFarlane wore one, contrary to the publicity photo shown above. Otherwise, red-carpet trends continued to be largely the same […]
January 14, 2013
The 2013 awards season began with a bang last night, sartorially speaking. The conservative styling of the 2012 season returned in force as did shawl collars, bow ties, shirts with turndown collars and fly fronts, square-fold pocket squares and, sadly, exposed shirt navels due to absent waist coverings. There were some new variations though. Midnight blue surged […]
November 7, 2012
A number of comments have been made in recent postings about the tuxedo worn by Daniel Craig to the British premiere of Skyfall so I thought I should post a picture for everyone to see what the chatter is about. Mr. Craig is wearing a midnight (navy?) blue evening jacket in place of the usual […]
September 24, 2012
Well-dressed men were few and far between at this year’s Emmys, making their Black Tie finery shine all the more. In between the good and the bad were some interesting variations on the classic tuxedo. Then there was the banal majority clad primarily in (ridiculously skinny) long ties and poorly fitting suits.