Masculine Mystique: The Female Perspective

January 15, 2014



I rarely ever think of women’s impressions of the tuxedo until I’m actually wearing one.  On those occasions I’m frequently caught off guard by my outfit’s appeal to the fairer sex.  My last cruise was a case in point.  Being complemented by ladies when dressed up on a formal nights was not unexpected but when […]

Posted in: Miscellanea

2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet

January 13, 2014



Yesterday’s Golden Globe ceremony launched another Hollywood awards season and featured an encore presentation of the conservative black-tie styling that has been gracing red carpets for the past few years.   In fact, it was a virtual re-run of last year’s formal styles.  Peaked lapels seemed to dominate followed by notched versions and a healthy dose […]

Posted in: Red Carpet

The Victorian Cummerbund

January 6, 2014



I’ve long been intrigued by the contradictions inherent in the Victorian cummerbund.  First there’s the seeming paradox of the original garment’s use to ward off chills in the tropics.   Then there’s the contrast of an informal sash being worn with a full-dress rig.  So it was time to once again turn to online newspaper archives […]

Posted in: History

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2013



Posted in: Miscellanea

Black Tie Book: The Last Word

December 30, 2013



As I reported in the last update on a potential book version of the Black Tie Guide, I was taking a final kick at the can by investigating self publishing.  Specifically, I was determining what it would cost for a self-publishing company to provide all the services of a traditional publisher with an eye to […]

Posted in: Miscellanea

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013



Here’s wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

Posted in: Miscellanea

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 […]

Posted in: Formal Fashion

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