Browsing All posts tagged under »tuxedo / dinner jacket«

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 […]

Sale: Jos. A. Bank Formal Wear 50-70% Off

February 29, 2012

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Jos. A. Bank is offering 50% off all merchandise purchased online until March 4.  Even better, selected items are discounted by up to 70% including numerous styles of tuxedos and formal accessories. I’m taking advantage of this opportunity to finally purchase a white dinner jacket.  (Even with shipping to Canada and duty and taxes, the […]

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: The Continental Look

January 6, 2012

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A reader from Greece recently asked for help in identifying the neckwear in this vintage picture of the acclaimed bouzouki player Gianni Stamatiou aka Sporo.  It is actually a variation of the continental tie that snaps together in the back rather than in front, much like a ladies choker.  It’s still available from at least […]

Rapper Pitbull Promotes Classic Black Tie

January 1, 2012

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Like many other North Americans I watched parts of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve special during last night’s festivities.  The highlight for me was seeing Pitbull (the rapper behind the hit “Give Me Everything”) perform not just in a tuxedo but in classic black tie.  Friends assumed I would be perturbed by his untied bow […]

Midnight Blue: “Blacker than Black”

December 20, 2011

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Ten years ago I assumed, like pretty much every other North American under 60, that proper tuxedos had always been black.  It was only when I began researching my first tuxedo purchase that I discovered there had once been an alternative called midnight blue which was considered the ultimate in formal elegance. Like the term […]

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