Originally Posted by Slewfoot
Just in case anyone cares, spoke to Edwin today and going to do DB 4 x 1 with shawl collar. Fabric is Smith's Midnight Blue wool/mohair and the grosgrain trimmings will be black. Full Ermazine lining in sleeves and body in black or midnight blue, I'll let Edwin decide what looks best. Looking forward to it. I apologize in advance to all the actors at the Oscars that I will very likely look better than any of them. :^)
Sounds like a good choice. I think shawl collars look more formal for some reason.
I'm not sold on the "midnight blue looks blacker than black" theory unless your going somewhere lit exclusively by gaslight or Edison bulb. These days, I think black probably looks the most, well, black.
As a purely stylistic choice, Midnight Blue is a good option - I'm just not sure it has the same "utility."