Black tie has always been defined as a black tux with classic tux shirt, a black bow tie and cummerbund. I don’t ever recall seeing a man dressed in a properly fitting tux and traditional black tie that was not at his most handsome. There is just something about that simple elegance that turns any man into Prince Charming.
This year, the men at the Academy Awards garnered much attention by trying to be peacocks. I’m not sure it was all good! Ryan Seacrest was sporting his version of an updated tux in a gray tweed-like jacket with a black shawl collar. Hmmm. When did tweed ever step into the formal category? Tweed is more conducive to hunting. Smooth fabrics are much more formal. Add some shine and it becomes even more so. Therefore, a tux in a smooth black wool offers a durable garment while the shiny lapel and stripe on the trouser leg transform it into handsome formal wear. Ryan’s sleeves appear to be too short. The cuff exposed on the right hand is just right but his large watch blocks the left cuff from falling correctly. Tip: If one wears a large watch, the shirt cuff must allow room to cover the watch. Jacket sleeves should hang without wrinkles.
Eddie Redmayne’s velvet tux was a little over the top. Velvet is a fragile fabric but sitting is not allowed! The marks from sitting are permanent so this is really impractical. Michael Strahan’s blue business suit version is better left for business. Change out the satin trim to wool and you have a winner. And, yes, designers may be a little creative by using a contrasting color for lapels. The look won’t work in a conservative setting but would be great fun for a social occasion or worn in a more artsy setting.
Beading detail on Kevin Hart’s tux reminds me of a design student’s first project using “creativity”. I would give a “C” for effort. Then there is Orlando Jones’s shiny leaf/cammo jacket. One just asks., “Why?” His slacks should be properly hemmed allowing them to fall straight showing a nice crease.
Henry Cavill, first picture, looks fabulous in his classic tux. It is an all-around winner!
Peacocks went out with Louis XV. Perfect fit and good taste always reign whether at the Oscars or the palace!