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Royal Refinement

February 6, 2012

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, an exciting and historic moment for me as a Canadian and a monarchist.  To mark the occasion I thought I would pay tribute to the men in her family who demonstrate regularly how conventional formal wear continues to be the height […]

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 […]

Flashback: New Year’s Eve 1939

December 31, 2011

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I’ve pretty much given up trying to find New Year’s Eve events in Toronto that are formal enough to merit black tie.  Instead I have to settle for imagining the tony affairs of years past such as the one described in this Esquire pictorial on the cusp of 1940: If you’re really intent on ringing […]

Symphony in Black and White

November 8, 2011

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A number of Guide readers have asked about the correlation between symphony orchestras and formal wear and while I have not yet found an academic analysis, I do have my own opinions based on my research to date. In the 15th and 16th centuries, small orchestras entertained guests of nobility at their private homes then […]

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