September 4, 2012

Sneak Peek — MTV Video Music Awards 2012

The annual MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) show is set to air next month, and the anticipation is growing by the tick of a clock. With some of music’s biggest stars slated to perform and accept nominations for the highly-coveted astronaut trophy, this year is sure to live up to expectations. Oh yeah, and comedian Kevin Hart will be the host and entertain us with his hilarious and unpredictable antics. No big deal.

How can we forget last year’s VMA’s? Fans

Beyonce lighting up the stage at last year's MTV Video Music Awards --

both at the Staples Center  viewing from home were dazzled by the explosive performances of Jay Z and Kanye West, Beyonce, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne. The dynamic duo, Hova and Mr. West performed their radio smash hit “Otis” off their sensational mega-hit album Watch the Throne, while the beautiful Beyonce sang her upbeat, modulation-heavy R&B single, “Love on Top.” The conclusion of her performance took everyone by surprise as she revealed to the world her pregnancy. Chris Brown displayed great endurance as he sang and danced to a music medley, wearing a sharp white tuxedo. The playlist consisted of his song “Yeah 3X,” followed by legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan’s “Protect Ya Neck.” Then the talented music artist took it back to the Seattle grunge period of the early 90’s when he briefly turned the energy meter to a maximum for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” before concluding with his “Beautiful People.” Lil Wayne showed off his rocker side, playing “How to Love” off the “Carter IV” EP, and ended with the song “John” featuring Rick Ross, which mentions former Beatles great, John Lennon in the chorus.

This year’s line-up of artists will undoubtedly satisfy fans. Let’s be honest: how can anybody complain when artists such as Alicia Keys, Pink, Green Day and One Direction are scheduled to absolutely rock the stage? And there are still more performers to be named as we get closer to show time. It will be an unforgettable array of talent for our immediate viewing pleasure.

Let’s also not forget about the biggest winners from the 2011 VMA. Among other award recipients, Katy Perry’s pop single, “Fireworks” earned her Video of the Year honors, Justin Bieber won Best Male Video, and Nicki Minaj walked away with the Best Hip-Hop Video award. Lady Gaga walked up to the stage to receive a trophy on more than one occasion, while Tyler the Creator was dubbed MTV’s best new artist.

Several stars have been nominated for more than one category this year. Pop sensation, Rihanna is, by far, the entertainer with the most nominations (nine, with featured appearances included). These include Video of the Year, Best Female Video, and Best Choreography. The Former Degrassi-star-turned-Young Money-standout Drake is in five categories, highlighted by Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Male Video. Other fan favorites with potential to leave the Staples Center with a Moonman are The Throne (Kanye and Jay Z), Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and M.I.A.

If this year’s performers, this year’s host, and this year’s set of nominees are any indication, the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will be a night full of big surprises, big moments, extravagant attire and lots of laughter.

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August 29, 2012

Past NBA Draft Tuxedo-style Mishaps

Joakim Noah in Vintage Tux at NBA Draft

In a matter of months, millions of fans worldwide will literally be glued to their television sets to witness the start of the 2012-2013 National Basketball Association regular season. Yes, it’s almost that time of year to take great delight in watching NBA players complete an 82-game marathon consisting of powerful, flashy slam dunks and ankle-breaking cross-overs intertwined with complex, fast-paced offensive and defensive strategies, in hopes of winning the Larry O’Brien trophy next June. Approaching the start of the season there are many story-lines to consider. For example, how will newly drafted rookies perform on their respective teams? What are the expectations of last year’s contending playoff teams? And how will non-contending teams rise to prominent status? Rather than analyzing and answering these questions for the 30 or so NBA teams, I thought about the rookies; specifically about how they dressed when they were drafted and I wondered, what type of tuxedo did each player wear? And, what were some of the most embarrassing tuxedos worn recently?


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August 20, 2012

Autumn Wedding Styles

The perfect season for a special ceremony.

Summer is at its sweltering peak, but with the end of August just a few brief weeks away, the prospect of autumn cool is growing more and more appealing. The fall has something for everyone: The start of Football, Labor Day cookouts, leaf piles, holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s a season both of youthful fun and wiser, more mature romance. In other words, it’s the perfect season for a wedding. If you have any kind of input for your wedding day, it’s what you’re going to wear, and if you’re tying the knot anytime between September and the end of November, you should be sure that your ensemble as a bridegroom reflects the class and taste of the season. Here are just a few thoughts and suggestions for all autumnal husbands-to-be: (more…)

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August 2, 2012

Her Majesty Dazzles at Olympic Opening

Queen Elizabeth with one of her most trusted secret agents --

The Olympic games aren’t yet a week old and have already proved to be riveting – there’s been the triumph of Michael Phelps, the drama of the American Gymnastic team, and the lovely quirk of sports like Badminton and synchronized diving. Above all, though, the Olympics have delivered unprecedented spectacle in the form of the opening ceremony. Charming, funny, and awe-inspiring, the Danny Boyle-directed affair was a smashing success from front to back. Of course, out of all the acts that it produced, none could compare with the introduction of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, escorted by none other than James Bond and “parachuting” into the ceremony from a helicopter overhead. (more…)

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July 19, 2012

Tom Cruise: The Best Dressed Man in Cinema

Though he’s mostly been in the news lately for the Katie Holmes divorce, Tom Cruise hasn’t always been a simply tabloid-fodder star. Ever since his big-screen debut in 1981, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV has been one of America’s favorite actors for his dynamic leads, quirky cameos, and a consistently picture-perfect smile. Of course, his wardrobe on- or off-screen has never been one to disappoint, either. There’s an endless supply of great-look moments to choose from when it comes to ranking the man’s best outfits, so we thought we’d list some of our favorite Tom Cruise movies and take a look at the perfect ensemble to go with it. (more…)

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July 12, 2012

A GoldenEye for Fashion — James Bond Movies

Sean Connery as the original James Bond --

Sean Connery as the original James Bond --

In a bit of trivia that would doubtlessly make a number of us feel nostalgic (or even a little long in the years, maybe) super spy and agent of style James Bond is marking his 50th film anniversary this very year. Besides the new movie Skyfall, this momentous milestone is being marked by the launch of an exhibition presenting the substantial style of all things Bond.

Presently located at the Barbican Centre in London and set to travel the world come October, it strives to thrill and delight Bond and film fans alike with an exhibitions of film props, set pieces, concept art, film clips, and costumes dating back to the first Bond flick. And as EON Productions, the company responsible for the James Bond film franchise, lent a helping hand to the process, it will doubtlessly prove to be an engrossing event for anyone fortunate enough to enjoy its displays. (more…)

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July 6, 2012

Justin Bieber: Ups and Downs on the Red Carpet

Justin Bieber on the red carpet --

Love him or hate him, Justin Bieber is one of the most instantly recognizable celebrities in the world, let alone in show business. The pop sensation has shown he isn’t just a fad with several successful albums, tours, and even a feature-length film. But, for all his creative talent, ‘J. Bieber’ is just as well known for his unique fashion sense and personal style. Whether it’s the haircut, the jacket, or the shoes, the Justin Bieber flair has been just as responsible for outbreaks of ‘bieber fever’ as Justin Bieber music.
But when it comes to dressing it up, the still-teenager hasn’t been quite so consistent – Let’s look at some of his stylish highs and questionable lows from big-time events not long past.

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June 29, 2012

Obama vs. Romney – Style and Flair on the 2012 Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Vie for the Oval Office.

Mitt Romney. Barack Obama. With the presidential election a few short months away, the 2012 campaign for the oval office is definitely heating up. Both candidates are touring the country, making speeches and public appearances as they battle for the nation’s highest office. We at Fine Tuxedos thought we’d scrutinize both the Incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and the Republican challenger Mitt Romney according to the most all-important but seldom-discussed criterion of them all: style. Both men have presidential hopes, but do they have the wardrobe necessary to lead the nation? Let’s take a closer look at the candidates and see how they hold up. (more…)

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June 18, 2012

The Stripping Down of the Bachelor Party

At some point in the history of mandom, we collectively reached the decision that bachelor parties should be spent in the presence of booze, bros, and scantily clad women. With grooms-to-be being all but expected to adhere to this societal norm, the ultimate effect was the redefining of the term “bachelor party” so that it was synonymous with “debauchery.”

In retrospect it sounds a little cliche, a little expected, and when we get right down to the down and dirty, maybe a little classless too.

But interestingly enough, it’s also becoming decreasingly popular. Whether you want to chalk it off to the rising age of the average groom, the economy, or a stronger embrace of individuality, raunchiness and rowdiness are losing their status as sendoff staples. A recent poll on wedding website indicated as much, showing that over 50% of engaged men were planning on low key bachelor parties. (more…)

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June 15, 2012

2012 Tony Awards – Tuxedos and Black Ties Steal the Show

Armani Tuxedos Golden Globes

Stars showed up in style at the 66th Annual Tony Awards.

The ceremony at last weekend’s Tony Awards was quite the show – host Neil Patrick Harris wowed viewers, James Corden shocked the world as the surprise winner of the award for Best Actor, and the ceremony itself generated not a little controversy with its spot for Royal Carribean International. But the real story of the night was the dazzling array of well-dressed men on the red carpet, on the stage, and in the audience. A whole host of actors showed up in their best duds; we give you the highlights of the night.


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