- Nov 24, 2014
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Dancing in the dark...
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Have a black tie function tomorrow night. It will be the first outing for my new Steed MTM tuxedo. I’ll try to post some pics.
In the meantime, I took my calfskin opera pumps to Kirby Allison of www.KirbyAllison.com to have his shoe shine guy work on them. Got them back today looking like they were patent leather. Amazing job!!
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FYI: These shoes are Peal & Co. (Brooks Brothers). Don’t be fooled by the shoe trees. ?
it's Tom Ford, who IMO is almost single handedly preserving quote-unquote "proper" black tie (in the public eye!)The tux (rather surprisingly, given it's GQ) seems to fit semi-properly.
That Nas fellow probably needs a tad more cleavage to sport the first dress in a convincing manner.
This is glorious. Is the marcella waistcoat a callback to the supposed origins of black tie, that is, white tie but with a tail-less jacket?I’m getting married in two weeks. I’ll be wearing a ventless, one-button, peak lapel dinner jacket (I’m getting the shoulders softened a bit by a tailor), a white linen pocket square, a pique front shirt with a detachable collar, a plain black self-tie, a white marcella waistcoat and patent leather pumps.
It wilts a little bit but is easy enough to bring back; you just need to wrap a soft cloth tightly around two fingers and buff it over, lubricating with a tiny droplet of water; lubricant is crucial as a dry cloth might do more harm than good to the glassy finish. Worse case scenario, if that does not work, buff over it with a veeerrrry thin film of Saphir mirror gloss, which should do teh trick.does a high shine like this dull over time or over usage? I pretty much only use my black oxfords for funerals and black tie both of which do not happen on a regular basis...I'm wondering if it would be worth it to pay to have a high shine done up on them and then just ride it out over the next 5-10 wears, which could be 3-5 years possibly.
I gave up on the high shine given if you're doing any sort of dancing they are gonna get scuffed in the first 30 seconds. I usually get suede slippers so I can rub them against the back of my trousers to descuff them. I have a project where I am looking to get pumps made from soft kangaroo skin.No idea really. Given the nature of the event I’m going to (dancing, etc) I’d be surprised if they get through the evening without some damage. That said I’m hopeful I could buff them back into some level of shine and get a few wears out of it.
Thank you, Mark!As rhe French would say, “C’est formidable!”
I’m a big fan of the white waistcoat, detachable collar look. Well done.
Thank you!This is glorious. Is the marcella waistcoat a callback to the supposed origins of black tie, that is, white tie but with a tail-less jacket?
A SF member, guido wonglini had a midnight self faced shawl collar in a tropical wool which I particularly liked! I think the armoury did a black tie photoshoot recently where one of the guys was wearing a black self faced 4x1 shawl in dupioni silk
It seems, perhaps, that is (or was) quite common for shawl-lapel jackets to be self-faced. I've never heard of it being a "rule", though. Three of my shawl jackets are self-faced, two are silk-faced.
You may be right. I'd have to say that I would have thought that to be the case, too. My midnight blue shawl-lapel jacket I had made with silk facings. I think, though, whatever one decides to do, if one carries it off with sufficient aplomb, no one would dare question.I had been under the impression that black and midnight jackets were intended to have silk-faced lapels. It’s nice to keep learning.