I'm glad this started a conversation. Some of these posts have been interesting.
First, to whoever said silhouette doesn't matter for evening wear, silhouette is more important in evening wear than in anything else IMHO. The limited palette and high contrast accentuates the silhouette.
Second, I feel like it might be a good time for me to explain why I felt drawn to this piece. I've had an interest in casual evening wear and how to incorporate black tie elements into non-black tie settings for a while now, dating at least to this thread
and continuing with this post
. The midnight blue velvet jacket I have works pretty well in this regard for fall/winter, but it has been hard to design a summer version. I have a double breasted cream linen jacket that I wear sometimes in this way, but 1) traditionally, this type of garment is relegated to resort, non-city wear (there's an old Wodehouse story where Jeeves reprimands Bertie for wanting to wear in London his white mess jacket bought in the Riviera) 2) in modern times, it has a strong association with waiters at "fancy" Italian restaurants. So it's something I wear with a little trepidation. I attempted to replicate the success of the velvet jacket with a mohair blend peak lapel one-button suit. The suit is nice, but I've never liked the jacket on its own.
The jacket Antonio is showing is, as he suggests, also something of a resort jacket. But contra Antonio, I think it works pretty well in the city too. Maybe styled as he has done, with natural linen pants, or perhaps with black tuxedo-type trousers and a white shirt. I think I could wear that out at night in New York and feel pretty good about it. I could even wear my velvet Belgian loafers with the silk bows.
Of course, to each his own. Maybe you feel that a tuxedo should only be worn to black tie events, and in that case it must be black or midnight blue, with all the standard trimmings (this is a very limited reading of the history of black tie btw). That's fine.
But there are, I hope, quite a few people like me, who want to wear something elegant when going out at night, that isn't a tuxedo, because wearing a tuxedo on a random night is just weird. And I agree with Antonio that the market's attempts to fill this niche have, in general, been failures. ts(s) has some things that look pretty alright if you're a streetwear guy and you want to wear a tuxedo jacket with jeans and a white t-shirt. But if your style is generally more classic, this look may not work for you. And the "creative black tie" options out there are pretty shit. I'm not going to name names or post pictures. But I thought this jacket, with the boucle' fabric and the shantung lapels, was a really valuable piece because it offers something to wear in those situations that's different and decidedly more relaxed, but not, IMHO, tacky at all. Some of you will and have disagreed. But this is why the piece interested me, and why I wanted to talk to Antonio about it.