October 15, 2012

The Tuxedo Through American History Pt. 2

Ryan Gosling reliving the counterculture era by wearing colored tuxedos (via barefoot-duchess.blogspot.com)

In my previous article, I discussed the birth and evolution of the tuxedo to the 1930’s and what men’s formal attire was popular prior to that time. We also found out who made the tuxedo and from where it was made, as well as its informal alternate options.

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October 12, 2012

The Tuxedo Through American History Pt. 1

Early advertisements for the tuxedo (via blog.blacktieguide.com)

Many historians agree that the tuxedo was created in 1886 by Pierre Lorillard IV, a resident of Tuxedo Park, a town located just outside of New York City. American males, specifically those of the affluent variety, witnessed a momentous change in men’s formal wear with the addition of this new look.

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October 4, 2012

The Basics of Wearing a Tuxedo Pt. 2

A gentleman always looks smart, sharp and snazzy in a fine tuxedo.

For those who missed the first part of this article, here is a recap of what I talked about. (more…)

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October 2, 2012

The Return of The Great American Style?

Even when he was young, Leo always knew how to carry a tuxedo with class (via thehollywoodreporter.com)

We’ve been eagerly following the shift in the way that the world interprets men’s formal style for a while now – waiting somewhat hungrily for the good old fashioned tuxedo to regain its spotlight. Though the past few years have been defined by a rebellion of sorts, against the strictness of the traditional formalwear aesthetic, we still believed in the power of the tux. Now it’s beginning to pay off as more and more gentlemen mature beyond that phase and return to the lovely and forever loving embrace of yesteryear. (more…)

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October 1, 2012

The Basics of Wearing a Tuxedo Pt. 1

Look dapper in a fine tuxedo.

Not many people are privy to the rules pertaining to wearing a tuxedo. Sure, we are aware that tuxedos should primarily be worn for special events and galas.  However, as far as how to sport one, which colors to pick in relation to the time of day and season, and coordinating shoes and socks with your tuxedo, there are still many people  who are clueless. With that said, let’s go over some do’s and don’t’s of tux’s. (more…)

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September 28, 2012

Have Fun with Tuxedo Costumes For Halloween

We are only a little over a month away from the only holiday outing of the year where a boy cross-dressing as a girl, a young lady dressing up as a street thug, or a man or woman donning Lady Gaga costumes, is acceptable. If wearing clothes mirroring Lady Gaga isn’t scary enough, I don’t know what possibly is. (more…)

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September 25, 2012

Bow Ties Sweep the Emmy Awards

This Sunday saw yet another battle of creative forces that we all know by its more common name, the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Some people won awards, others left empty-handed, and Mad Men set a most unfortunate record but that’s all right because it’s an honor just to be nominated. As usual though, our focus isn’t on the people who went home with a statuette in hand but on those who stood out for their style. (more…)

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September 24, 2012

Men’s Formal Wear: Fashion Trends for Fall 2012

Finally we emerge from beneath the oppressive heat of the summer sun and into the salvation of fall. It’s a relief, is it not? Well, unless you yearn to wear that white dinner jacket, we suppose, in which case we offer our most sincere condolences. (more…)

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September 10, 2012

The Perfect Tuxedo for Fall

The leaves are starting to change color, the air is losing its sweltering feel, and the calendar year is ending in a few months. We are familiar with this time of the year, yet it always seems to sneak up on us. Upon arrival you’re always asking yourself, “where did the year go?” At least, I always ask that question. (more…)

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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 -- mtv.com

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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