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Spotlight: Evening Dress Gloves

June 10, 2014

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Even more than the tailed coats they’re worn with, formal gloves are a sartorial protocol that has become completely foreign to the average man. While the role of outdoor gloves in protecting the hands from inclement weather is self-evident, there seems to be no logical purpose for covering one’s hands when indoors. As I explain in […]

2014 Met Gala Red Carpet

May 7, 2014

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The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a black-tie gala each May to celebrate the opening of their annual exhibit.  The Met Gala aka Met Ball is the epitome of exclusivity with a guest list overseen by Vogue‘s all-powerful editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and a ticket price of $25,000.  Known as the East Coast equivalent of Oscars night, the affair adds a twist to the […]

Advanced Cravatology

March 25, 2014

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Despite being such a simple accessory – or perhaps because of it – the bow tie is offered in a dizzying array of options.  I describe the various shapes, models, and materials on the Black Tie Guide’s Classic Neckwear page but there are a few more interesting insights I’ve gleaned since then. Fabric Having recently purchased […]

White Tie Honours: Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony 2013

December 11, 2013

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The Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony is arguably the most high profile white-tie affair in the world and takes place annually on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.  At yesterday’s ceremony I was very proud to see Jenny Munro accept the award for literature on behalf of her mother, Canadian author Alice Munro. The […]

A Tailcoat’s Tail

November 21, 2013

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I was walking home from work last week, daydreaming of a white tie photo shoot for my site when I happened upon the real thing: a young man nonchalantly smoking outside of a downtown hotel attired in full dress.  Of course, I had to ask what the occasion was.  The friendly fellow, Brandon Smith, informed […]

Wartime White Tie

November 11, 2013

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In honour of Remembrance Day today we take a look back at World War II and the modest sacrifices made by men on the home front to support the men on the battlefield making the greatest sacrifice of all. I had previously been aware of fabric rationing in the United States during World War II […]

Full-Dress Fright

October 31, 2013

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Next to Fred Astaire, Bela Lugosi’s Count Dracula is arguably history’s most recognizable embodiment of White Tie. The legendary vampire’s association with formal evening wear arose not from the original 1897 novel but from a 1920s London stage adaptation by Hamilton Deane.  The evolution is described in Bram Stoker’s Dracula: A Reader’s Guide: Another major […]

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