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Originally Posted by Master Squirrel View Post

Burn it with fire.... But it does not burn!

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Originally Posted by marcodalondra View Post

The gala dinner for the Dutch coronation:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/462840/20130430/queen-beatrix-abdication-netherlands-prince-charles-photos.htm

I like Prince Felipe of Spain dinner ensemble best but for the vest not being low enough. Also Prince Daniel of Sweden use to get his bespoke garments in Naples, but not sure this is.

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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

You might think that such an event would have been a white-tie affair, but evidently not. The trend to casual has even reached the high levels of royalty.

Two of my Dutch cousins were friends with Princess Marijke/Christina when she was young. There were a lot of cruel rumors back then that the princess was retarded. These were quite false. She was visually impaired, but she was (and presumably still is) quite intelligent and witty.

At least all but two of the black tie rigs were correct; no notches, neckties or 2B jackets. The exceptions were the Jordanian prince (notch lapel, button-front shirt, Rolex GMT) and the EU president (non-black bow).
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Originally Posted by Master Squirrel View Post

Burn it with fire....

But it does not burn!

Yeah. I think it just sort of melts.

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At least all but two of the black tie rigs were correct; no notches, neckties or 2B jackets. The exceptions were the Jordanian prince (notch lapel, button-front shirt, Rolex GMT) and the EU president (non-black bow).

Rompuy's shoes are pretty bad, too.

But I really want to know who lent Jacques Rogge's his tuxedo.
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BTW, Why is it that only crown princes/esses attended rather than ruling monarchs? Kings and Queens just don't get that many proper invitations anymore, I wouldn't imagine. Was it some sort of protocol thing, e.g. inviting heads of state would have been a royal PITA?
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BTW, Why is it that only crown princes/esses attended rather than ruling monarchs? Kings and Queens just don't get that many proper invitations anymore, I wouldn't imagine. Was it some sort of protocol thing, e.g. inviting heads of state would have been a royal PITA?





Traditionally the Dutch do not do coronations as such (it is a relative young kingdom), but instead this transfer of "power or responsibilities" - the only ruling monarch invited was Prince Albert of Monaco. bigstar[1].gif
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Originally Posted by Van Veen View Post

I wonder how many people even know the most basic of "the rules" anymore... e.g. black/white tie is evening wear. Saw a recent Sunday matinee orchestra/chorus performance... the orchestra was in suits fing02[1].gif, chorus in black tie facepalm.gif, the conductor was in white tie ffffuuuu.gif.
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That's better than all of the banners outside the LA philharmonic (or opera, can't remember): they have photos of their musical director in what would be a white tie getup, but with a black tie and waistcoat...

Orchestras are notoriously heinous at that sort of thing. I'm in a local group of surprisingly solid musical ability; the conductor last night worked magic coaxing Mahler 1 out of us, but his take on a white tie rig (with shoulder seams a quarter of the way down to his elbow and a vest through which you could see his waistband) was a little rough. On the bright side, he gets visibly angry at the idea of wearing tuxedos for matinee performances and insists on suits. There is hope.

One of the eight horn players couldn't find his bow tie before the show, so I ducked backstage and snagged a length of matte black 2.5" gaffer tape from the stagehands, out of which I fashioned something that looked acceptable from more than ten feet away.

No photos because I work with these folks on a regular basis.
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Will try to post pics from my wedding in a few weeks.  Had my tux custom made a few months ago, although I've dropped a little weight since then (I'm an amateur bodybuilder and in a cutting phase for competitions), but I had factored that into my original measurements so right now the tux seems to fit me almost perfectly.

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None yet, still in negotiations on the above mentioned set.

similar to this:


So, for those interested, I ended up getting a set very similar to these, that are being delivered.
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I think the ones I received have a better linkage





Sorry for the hairy arm....I am 'goomba' after-all.
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Nice ones Goomba. Where'd you get them?
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Thank you!

The owner of a local shop that specializes in antiques (mostly silver, but he dabbles elsewhere) is a friend of ours. He came to know that I was looking for a set of very unique studs/links and offered them to my fiancee' out of his personal collection, who then gave them to me as a wedding gift.
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Thank you!

The owner of a local shop that specializes in antiques (mostly silver, but he dabbles elsewhere) is a friend of ours. He came to know that I was looking for a set of very unique studs/links and offered them to my fiancee' out of his personal collection, who then gave them to me as a wedding gift.
great story!
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Thank you! The owner of a local shop...

Fantastic!
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Am I over thinking this? My grandfather's vintage Brooks Brothers satin bowtie doesn't match the grosgrain lapels of my tuxedo. This might be one of those "fuck the rules" moments, but I can't make up my mind.
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Originally Posted by matty long legs View Post

Am I over thinking this? My grandfather's vintage Brooks Brothers satin bowtie doesn't match the grosgrain lapels of my tuxedo. This might be one of those "fuck the rules" moments, but I can't make up my mind.


You are over thinking this.

Wear the vintage bow tie. You will look good.

(coming from someone who bends the rules a bit now and then.)
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