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Formal Motifs in The Artist

March 4, 2012

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(Spoiler Alert!) I finally got around to seeing The Artist this weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly both as a classic film buff and as modern movie-goer who’s grown weary of  roller-coaster camera moves, rapid-fire edits, and computer-generated artificiality. As anyone who’s seen it knows, formal wear is very prevalent in the film as befitting a […]

High Rollers: Black Tie & Baccarat

February 5, 2012

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I recently rented In Time, a science-fiction thriller where lifespan is traded like currency and the working class majority are exploited by a privileged elite whose members have become virtually immortal.    The story’s downtrodden protagonist gains access to this upper echelon by joining a high-stakes poker game at a tony casino.  How do we know […]

Midnight Blue in Mission Impossible

December 30, 2011

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I took advantage of the Christmas holidays to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which featured a very Bond-esque climax with Tom Cruise’s character decked out in a smart tuxedo at a swank soiree.  It was only as the scene progressed that I began to detect the slightest hint of blue in his evening suit.  The […]

The Mad Men Tuxedo: Damn Right Your Dad Wore It

November 16, 2011

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(Originally written for MyTuxedoCatalog.com) Much of Mad Men’s success is due to its depiction of late 1950s / early 1960s middle-class lifestyle, a period one writer described as “the last time hip was adult — suits, ties, and tuxedos were hip, and so was the Chivas-Regal-good-life advice of Playboy magazine.” The era’s unique confluence of […]

Flashback: Dynasty and Miami Vice Tuxedos

November 6, 2011

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In 1984 formalwear giant After Six capitalized on the hugely successful Dynasty series, a prime-time soap opera about a wealthy oil family.  It was a perfect pairing because the show  emphasized glitz and glamour and its characters were regularly cloaked in formal finery.  It was also perfect timing as the global economy was booming and […]

Downton Dinner Jacket Debut

November 2, 2011

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I love a good costume drama and Downton Abbey delivers in spades.  This universally acclaimed British television series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants at their country estate around the time of World War I.   The budget is a reported £1 million per episode and it really shows in the […]

A Bad Situation: Jersey Shore Tuxedos

November 1, 2011

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For those fortunate readers unfamiliar with the Jersey Shore reality TV series, let me summarize the tawdry details.  The show follows the day-to-day exploits of a group of lewd, vain, self-centred, semi-literate, spray-tanned New Jersey friends as they go about preening, binge drinking, brawling and trolling for one-night stands.  Rather than being dismissed as tasteless […]

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