October 14, 2014

George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Wedding & Honeymoon Bliss!

wedding-suitThe wedding of actor George Clooney and human rights activist Amal Alamuddin was one of the biggest events in entertainment this year, and it is no surprise that the two looked flawless as they said “I do.” Their wedding pictures have graced the cover of People magazine, and the stunning photos are likely to inspire wedding day fashions for years to come. Find out how you can recreate George’s enviable wedding day look even on a tight budget. (more…)

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November 12, 2012

The Perks of Learning to Dance

So your best friend’s wedding is coming up and his fiancée is dragging him to dance lessons. She insists they need to impress everyone during their first dance as a couple. He is miserable about the idea and begs you to come along to make it a little less painful. Now I know what you’re thinking.

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November 17, 2010

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal—a Vision in Black?

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal—a Vision in Black Tie

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal—a Vision in Black....Tie?

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was the setting as the new film by director Edward Zwick, Love & Other Drugs, premiered in Hollywood on November 4, 2010. Jake Gyllenhaal was on hand. Of the men at the premiere, he wore one of the more formal looking outfits.

Paladin?

Gyllenhaal’s outfit was a bit reminiscent of Richard Boone who played Paladin in the late 1950s- early 1960s TV series Have Gun Will Travel. I always liked Boone’s look. I thought he was very cool. He was dressed all in black and looked extremely intimidating. I like Gyllenhaal’s look too. That is to a degree.

Contrasts

The big difference between Boone and Gyllenhaal (besides the cowboy hat and gun) is that the former created some contrast with the white tie. It gave depth to his look and also, because it did contrast with the rest of his outfit, reinforced the black outfit.

With Gyllenhaal, there is no contrast in color. There are some interesting texture choices as the suit has a subtle pattern that is mimicked by the shirt, while the tie is plain black. There are three different black tones that are offered individually by each piece and this does create some contrast. But is it enough?

Matter of Taste

Gyllenhaal’s outfit is a matter of taste. (Isn’t everything?) It seems to be too dark for a guy sporting a black scruff of a beard and black hair. He needs to lighten up a bit. Add some color or at least some white. Maybe a pocket square if not a different tie? I mean, Paladin did, and he was a very serious guy.

It is good to see some actors like Gyllenhaal dressing for premieres. The women always do and usually look great!

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal wore all black to the premiere of Love & Other Drugs. Picture with the actor are actress Anne Hathaway, director Edward Zwick and actor Hank Azariaand.

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Richard Boone as Paladin
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November 5, 2010

Jackass 3-D: Acting Stupid, Looking Formal?

The Less than Formal Red Carpet

The Less than Formal Red Carpet

Jackass 3-D: Acting Stupid, Looking Good

They were there, the Jackass immortals (okay maybe not immortals, really the crazy creators): Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Barn Margera. It was the premiere of Jackass 3-D. You know, that popular TV show and now movie series devoted to doing really stupid, dangerous things that might severely injure the participants and makes everyone watching the antics cringe and squirm.

You might think that the creators would look…well…like jackasses. You know, instead of dressed to the nines, dressed to the negative 13s? But the fact is the principals involved in the movie looked very good. At least, Johnny Knoxville did.

His Attire

Officially, Knoxville was not dressed in formal wear. However, he was looking very good in his dark pinstripe suit, black tie and white shirt. Knoxville is considered to be Hollywood eye-candy, along with being a tad warped and very rich. He really brought it all together at the premiere.

It wasn’t a tux, but it also wasn’t a T-shirt, ripped jeans and green sneakers. He wore what is appropriate to today’s Hollywood premiere.

The Less than Formal Red Carpet

Over the years as far as men’s formal wear is concerned, the Hollywood red carpet has gone from being ultra formal to very casual. You can also see styles that encompass everything in between.

In Hollywood, men’s formal wear tends to be reserved for the awards shows. Knoxville looked about as good as most guys do and as dressed up as most men get when attending a premiere.

The Standard

In a recent blog, we had a photo of Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke at the premiere of The Expendables. Stallone exuded grace, charm and class. His suit was impeccable. Knoxville captured much of the same feel.

That look and feel should be the standard for a Hollywood premiere. These guys are after all “stars” and that means that they should dress as such. Sure the era of the actor-in-a-tux movie premiere is over, but that doesn’t mean the male stars can’t glisten and shine a little.

Johnny Knoxville at Jackass 3-D premiere

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October 26, 2010

Jonas Brothers Fashion at “JoBros 3D” Premiere

Jonas Brothers Fashion at “JoBros 3D” Premiere

Jonas Brothers Fashion at “JoBros 3D” Premiere

Here are Kevin, Nick and Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. They are at the premiere if their rock concert movie. This Hollywood red carpet moment happened back in 2009, but it’s worth considering as it offers three contrasting looks. You may or may not be a fan of these three brothers, but there’s no doubt that they have become a pop culture force.

Kevin, who is to the left, has the formal peaked collar jacket with a fairly hip, glossy black tie and an open white shirt. It’s formal but cool. This is something that you might see on anyone at a Hollywood premiere ranging in age from teenager to near-retirement age adult. Nice outfit.

On the right hand side stands Joe with a satin jacket that sports a very conservative shawl lapel. The black, button down formal shirt has a bit of a ruffle and the gold tie offers a nice show biz feel. Note that his shirt is buttoned at top but the tie hangs loose. In some ways, this is a bit more conservative than Kevin’s outfit but it is also showier. That is one shiny coat he’s got on.

In the middle and thick of it all is Nick Jonas. Nick went to the premiere dressed for the prom and that’s fine. The black bow tie and white formal shirt with its top button closed are ultraconservative. But the light blue jacket with traditional shawl collar is a beacon between the two brothers in black. It begs us to look at Kevin and so we do. Kevin has also pulled his sleeves up on his jacket, which is stating that he’s got something casual happening.

This photo reveals that although these Jonas Brothers are each a part of a band, they are also individuals when it comes to taste in men’s formal wear togs. Which do you prefer—Kevin, Nick or Joe?

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October 25, 2010

Red Carpet Men’s Formal Wear

Emile Hirsch in Formal WearHere’s actor Emile Hirsch with Brianna Domont as they walked down and posed on the red carpet for the premiere of Taking Woodstock a little over a year ago. We’re always interested in what type of formal wear “looks” and styles men are wearing. Hirsch looks pretty spiffy for a guy attending a premiere about the first mega rock festival ever.

What says it all is the ensemble itself, which includes a formal dinner jacket with black informal shirt and dark jeans. Add the red sunglasses and you’ve got a youthful and fairly informal look that offers a connection to men’s formal wear tradition. The traditional connection is in the formal jacket.

The satin lapels are eye-catching and Hirsh’s decision to go with a tasteful but more conspicuous peaked lapel is interesting. The shawl lapel is considered to be more conservative and since the actor has decided to be anything but conservative with his outfit, the upward sweeping points of the peak reinforce the idea that he is going against tradition.

The flair of the attention-getting peaked lapel with its glossy allure says, “This is a special event and I’m acknowledging it,” while the rest of the ensemble says, “but I’m showing my individual style through my shirt, pants and sunglasses.”

It’s a good ensemble for the actor and the event.

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October 18, 2010

Star Formal Fashion Choices at The Expendables

Star Formal Fashion Choices at The Expendables

Star Formal Fashion Choices at The Expendables

There were four male Hollywood stars on the red carpet for the August premiere of The Expendables and each was attired in their own fashion. So, which looks the least “expendable” when is comes to their fashion choices? The four guys, from left to right Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Kellen Lutz, offer quite a contrast.
For sheer comfort and that sports bar look, Lutz wins hands down. The guy is buff and young and looks good in anything. But he also looks like he might be Rourke’s gardener or pool boy.
Rourke went a very interesting way. The three-piece suit says, “I am open and casual.” That’s because the jacket is open, the shirt collar is open and the cuffs on his rather gaudy shirt are open and flowing out from under his jacket sleeves. Then there’s the vest. That part of his outfit is confining and, in a way formal, as are the chains that loop down from the sides of his jacket. The brown shoes work with the multicolored shirt. This isn’t formal. It’s just Mickey being Mickey.
Willis went semi-formal with the black dinner jacket, black formal pants and shinny black loafers. The white shirt, totally open at the collar, is conservatively casual. It makes me think of him on Moonlighting with Cybil Shepard.
Finally, there is Stallone. At 64, he’s by far the oldest of the four. Sly looks like a guy who was made to wear a suit. The black jacket and pants have a slight pin stripe that tapers Stallone’s frame nicely. The jacket offers a longer cut that solidly frames the lower part of his trunk. The white shirt with cufflinks and gold tie give him a formality above and beyond the other three.
Stallone wins the “least expendable fashion award” at this summer’s premiere of The Expendables.

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October 7, 2010

Men’s Formal Wear and the Full Visual Effect

Hugh Jackman with Tieless Tuxedo

Hugh Jackman in Tuxedo

Hugh Jackman at the world premiere of X-Men in April 2009 provided a vivid example of how the tieless formal look can payoff if you do everything just right and you can also manage to look impeccably perfect.

At the X-Men premiere, Jackman is pictured wearing a black tuxedo, white shirt and a big white smile. Where’s the black tie? Obviously, it’s not there. The collar on his white shirt is open, signaling that Jackman’s idea of a formal premiere is less formal than others.

But what makes this work as a fashion statement is Jackman’s unshaven look. That’s the topper. That deep, black growth, which is not really a beard yet and should have been shaved if dressing in full formal wear, telegraphs to all that Jackman is not interested in going with the total look a buttoned shirt and bow tie would give him.

This is a good example of a guy setting limits for exactly how formal he’s going to look by making strong choices. (Of course, good actors are known for making very clear, strong choices when they play a role.)

Consider what you’re wearing to a formal occasion and remember that you are creating a total picture. It’s not only what formal wear accessories you decide to include, but it’s also how you decide to wear your hair, whether or not you shave and how you display the clothing on your body. You’re creating a strong visual image and by ensuring it’s consistent, you’ll be able to create a unified look.

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September 28, 2010

Men’s Formal Wear Style: Courtesy of Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin in Peak TuxedoAlec Baldwin Looks Great at Lincoln Center

There’s something very classy and classic about Alec Baldwin. It’s as if the guy was made for a tuxedo. He just looks good when he’s in men’s formal wear. Baldwin was dressed formally and appropriately when he attended the New York Philharmonic 2010-11 season opening night gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts last Wednesday in New York. And as you can see, he was dressed in black tie.

Baldwin’s Formal Wear Look

Baldwin carries himself well no matter what he’s wearing, but he seems especially comfortable in a tuxedo. It may just be the fact that he’s been in show business so long and is such a vet that he’s not only used to the spotlight but he’s used to being seen at formal occasions over and over again and again. His style and demeanor carry a certain cache. There’s something genuinely real about his comfort zone when he dons formal wear.

The philharmonic is certainly not the place to start creating new looks. Thus, Baldwin’s black tux, satin lapels, black tie and black studs and cufflinks are all in step with opening night for the New York Philharmonic’s latest season. The classic peak lapel tuxedo, which has made a comeback over the years and is the original formal wear lapel, is a fine touch. The formal bow tie, which is patterned and textured, adds a nicely personal flair.

His Connection to the Philharmonic

It was just last year that Baldwin joined the New York Philharmonic as the host for its radio broadcasts. The orchestra performs a radio series of 52 performances entitled The New York Philharmonic This Week. Baldwin is also host with Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies The Essentials. In those telecast shows, he usually wears a suit jacket, dress shirt and open collar. But opening night at Avery Fisher Hall is just a tad more formal. The Award winning actor made his New York Philharmonic debut narrating the Inside the Music program on October 10, 2008, and returned to narrate the Inside the Music program on January 23, 2009.

Classic and Timeless Formal Look

Baldwin’s appearance in men’s formal wear at this year’s premiere performance of the New York Philharmonic is a fine pictorial reminder of how special that occasion is in terms of high art and how wonderful a man can look in traditional formal clothing. Great look, Alec!

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September 20, 2010

Henry Ian Cusick at the EMMY Awards

Henry Ian Cusick Wears Simon Carter Nicely

The star of ABC’s big series Lost, certainly looked anything but lost at this year’s 62nd Annual EMMY Awards as he wore London chic by British designer Simon Carter. Although he was not adorned with a black tie, Cusick still looked wonderful on the Red Carpet in his custom-made formal wear that included a vest that was stunningly tapered and a jacket with gross grain lapels. The beautifully trimmed trousers and pristine white shirt that was formally enclosed by the five-button vest fit Cusick’s dashing look nicely.

After the EMMY awards, the New York Times bemoaned the apparent death of the black tie at the event. But we feel it may simply be resting or waiting in the wings and not dead at all. It’s true that there’s something lost when someone like Cusick is a formal wear fashion plate from floor to just below the neck, leaving the finishing touch off, but he still looked as good as could be as he posed with his stunningly dressed wife Annie who wore a blue number by Addy Van Den Kromennacker.

A lot of celebs have been wearing the Simon Carter look to awards shows, including Jason Mraz, Robert Downey, Jr, Adrian Grenier, Josh Sussman, Edin Gali, and Crispin Glover. The London Chic look is the thing now. Carter is known for keeping to classic looks while playfully engaging in some modern day edginess. Whatever the case may be, Cusick looked perfectly at home and formally dressed at this year’s EMMY Awards. Then again, he’s got some good basic body material with which to work.

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