The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

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  1. Parterre

    Parterre Well-Known Member

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    That's Charlotte and Andrea Casiraghi, isn't it?
     


  2. TimelesStyle

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    Secretary Hague was by far the best, followed closely by the British PM (with the sole shawl, from what I could see). Warren Buffett got the peaks right, but seems to have forgotten collar stays.
     


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    The State dinner is no longer the white tie affair it used to be. So disappointing. :(
     


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    I hate to say it, but Michelle Obama might be the worst dressed First Lady ever.
     


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    Only problem I have is with the hairdo. While I'm guessing you meant US First Ladies, just look at her next to her British counterpart, who appears to have gone for the geisha look (in terms of her dress).
     


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    That would be a waiter where I come from.
     


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    Exactly.

    Give him striped pants and a butler he would look.

     


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    I guess you are too young to remember Bess Truman, or Mamie Eisenhower.
     


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    Samantha Cameron is what Woody Allen referred to as the "Anglo-Sexual" type.
    Beautiful in a patrician way as befits a descendant of King Charles II and who did not
    grow up in a tract home:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Cameron
     


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    Since Cameron is not the head of state, that was not a state dinner but merely an official one. Regardless, most state dinners are black-tie.
     


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    +1 Absolutely true. In fact, tuxedos are one of the few items of clothing I think you can reliably pick up on ebay. When someone says a tuxedo has been worn only once, it's probably true. There are a lot of DJs that someone bought for their wedding and never wore again.


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    I don't know what you're talking about, I'm sure.


    George Bush had one white tie dinner in eight years. I think Clinton had only one as well. I don't think it's what it used to be for quite a while now.
     


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    Just noticed this slightly unusual combination on Jean Dujardin's wiki page. looks like navy facings on a black jacket. It doesn't look bad, and in in the company of a weird hollywood black tie, could be a good option. Its not something I would wear though.

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    To get back to black tie, is there a choice in detachable collared shirts available besides the BB shirt?
     


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    Haven't really seen any, but perhaps some of the English shirt makers discussed here from time to time do one. However I'm curious: Why would you want/need one for black tie? White tie I understand, but for black tie it seems like more trouble than it's worth.
     


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