Browsing All posts tagged under »Oscars«

My Slate Article

February 27, 2014


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 […]

Walking the Oscars Red Carpet: Insider Report

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 […]

All the Trimmings

June 18, 2012


Most people are familiar with the use of lapel facings to add flair to a tuxedo but likely few are aware that the jacket’s collar and cuffs can be used for this purpose as well. The history of formalwear trimmings can be traced back to the first evening tailcoats produced during the English Regency.  They […]

Red Carpet White Tie

April 21, 2012


The Academy Awards shows do a great job of recreating the glamour of old Hollywood but they can’t compare to the days when white tie was a staple of Oscar night. Debuting in 1929, the awards ceremony took place in swank Los Angeles hotel ballrooms during its early years.  Vintage photographs suggest black tie was […]

2012 Academy Awards Red Carpet

February 27, 2012


The biggest black-tie event of the year wrapped up another awards season yesterday evening and as expected most tuxedos seen on the 84th Annual Academy Awards red carpet were tastefully conservative.  Notable trends were the return of shawl-collar jackets (yay) and wing-collar shirts (yech).  Pocket squares were also very popular. The Best of the Best […]


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