My Slate Article

February 27, 2014

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In the run-up to Sunday’s Oscars, online magazine Slate asked me to write a tuxedo primer so that readers might appreciate the men’s red-carpet fashion choices as much as the women’s.  I had some fun with the piece, themeing it as a sartorial field guide to the various tuxedo incarnations commonly seen these days.  It was published […]

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Review: The Black Tux

February 24, 2014

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Overall Rating: Price: competitive with national chains Style & Options: very good; excellent if you like modern styling Ordering & Customer Service: very good / excellent Fit: very good Quality: excellent for rentals Value: excellent Los Angeles-based friends Andrew Blackmon and Patrick Coyne have seriously raised the bar on tuxedo rentals with their mail-order company […]

Posted in: Formal Fashion

Spotlight: The Albert Slipper

February 21, 2014

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The Albert slipper aka Prince Albert slipper aka house shoe  is a luxe slipper typically defined by velvet uppers that often have an embroidered design on the vamp, quilted linings, and leather soles.  (It is also sometimes called a Churchill slipper but that term is more commonly applied to leather casual slippers.) Variations include an unadorned […]

2014 BAFTA Red Carpet

February 18, 2014

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I always look forward to the BAFTAs for the uniquely sophisticated elegance the British bring to black-tie fashions.  Sure enough, despite the fact that Americans seemingly outnumbered locals on the red carpet this past Sunday, it was three Englishmen that made my best dressed list.   The shortlisting process was actually an easy one this […]

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Review: Black Lapel Tuxedo

February 17, 2014

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Overall Rating: Price: very good Style & Options: excellent Ordering & Customer Service: excellent Fit: very good Quality: very good Black Lapel is a New York-based China-made online tailor founded in 2011 by, appropriately, two Chinese-American men.  The philosophy of owners Derek Tian and Warren Liao is to go above and beyond in providing customers […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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