The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

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  1. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    Looks great!
     


  2. WICaniac

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    A bit. Here's my vintage Kremintz black MOP formal set on a vintage Marshall Fields waistcoat I found at an antique store.

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    I thought the waistcoat (which is mint) was a steal at $36, but it's cut for the high-waisted trousers that prevailed before WWII and is too short to cover the waist of my trousers. I had to custom order a waistcoat from Favourbrook to use the studs. I'm happy with the result (if not the only photo I have):

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    It may be hard to discern in the photo above, but the jacket is a SB PL with grosgrain facings. As I was determined to wear a waistcoat and unwilling to dump $450 on the RL PL model in grosgrain (the only one I have been able to find in that material), I reconciled myself to the idea of wearing a tie and waistcoat that did not match the lapel facings. It's (still) hard to tell in the photo, but the tie and waistcoat are of a fine-ribbed black moire silk that is deeper/darker/"blacker" than the tux or its facings. I think the only rule is that the tie must match the waist covering, but I think any patterned silk is preferable to satin if you're wearing grosgrain lapels.

    I'm not crazy about this particular pattern, either, but it's a welcome option at $175. There are exceedingly few options for traditionally-styled black waistcoats, and I ultimately spent over $300 on the one pictured above. The entire Gatsby line from BB is incredible, although little of it is as reasonably priced as this.
     


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    Dior Homme party Beijing.

    1970s Brioni, Budd shirt, Cartier studs.
     
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    Is the Budd silk or cotton?
     


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    Cotton voile with a hand embroidered front.
     


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    Very sharp. The fact that nearly everyone in the background (excluding the balcony) is looking at the camera lends the whole shot a surreal aesthetic, as well.
     


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    Acres of champagne.
     


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    Somebody find that Phat Guido pic at Shanghai Pudong airport.
     


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    Is this truely how far we have fallen?

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  10. mafoofan

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    Holy crap--how did I miss the return of LabelKing?
     


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    Sadly, yes.
     


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    As well as on encouraging (rather than discouraging) the groomsmen to procure their own tuxes (as in buy one that suits them but is within your prescribed dress code)!
     


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    This is why I don't trust official brand "style guides" any more than their salepeople on the floor. If you stock a skinny notch-lapel flap-pocket tuxedo jacket you're going to try to sell it to me for my wedding. Sugarbutch, your sig is more relevant than ever.
     


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    How unfortunate that Mr. Porter didn't have dinner jackets in the model's size (or length). Sigh.
     


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