August 7, 1992 |
In 1904, men in the audience at La Scala in Milan, Italy, showed their admiration for Giacomo Puccini's new opera by donning "the Butterfly." Decades later, the white and starched "Bat Wing" paraded by Fred Astaire was as important a celluloid prop as his lacquered nightstick and top hat. And Sir Winston Churchill rallied "an outraged civilization" to war while donning his polka dot silk "Classic" . . . bow tie, of course.
January 14, 2013 |
In addition to the sartorial standouts that have become familiar to watchers of awards-show red carpets over the years (George Clooney and Jon Hamm, to name just two), there seemed to be a fresh crop of style-conscious (and in a couple of cases, -unconscious) guys who managed to make the standard-issue tuxedo an expression of individuality. Below are a couple notable looks -- at both ends of the spectrum: Hits Presenter Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation") looked particularly sharp in his slim, trim black Dior Homme single-button peak lapel tuxedo and black satin bow tie -- with just the perfect amount of white shirt cuff at the wrist.
October 14, 1990 |
Men have needed neckties for a long time, particularly since the 19th-Century reforms that left men's clothing utterly plain. In The Tie (Barron's: $21.95; 160 pp.), Sarah Gibbings tells the history in considerable detail: how the ribbons that tied the 18th-Century pigtail became the bow tie, how the working-class (and American) bandanna turned into the modern four-in-hand, and how the riverboat gambler's string tie was originally associated with Lord Byron, who never actually wore a necktie.
March 21, 1986 |
Question: I am interested in making a flapper dress but have been unable to find a pattern. I want to wear the dress to a dance in May, so time is of the essence. Can you help?--A.W. Answer: Get ready to rouge your knees and tighten your headache band! The flapper dress illustrated here is from an authentic pattern of the '20s, available from Past Patterns, Box 7587, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49510. This 1928 design, Pattern 5019, is available only for bust size 38, and it's priced at $8 plus $2.
August 7, 2013 |
Miranda Kerr is the face - and body - of Mango's fall ad campaign. The Australian model (and wife of actor Orlando Bloom) was photographed in New York by Inez and Vinoodh, Mango announced Tuesday. Justin Bieber's latest alleged altercation (in a club in Southampton early Sunday morning) reportedly was sparked by a waitress and a bow tie. [N.Y. Post] Beyoncé has some new costumes for her Mrs. Carter tour, this time a series of one-of-a-kind pieces from Gucci. [Los Angeles Times]
December 9, 2012 |
For holiday parties, today's sophisticated man can take a cue from runways and red carpets by choosing tuxedos for formal occasions or components thereof for more casual events. Fashion designers, obsessed as they are these days with all manner of tailored clothing and reinvigorated by a generation of young men who are wearing suits for the first time, have been busy reinventing the tux. Style-watchers got wind of the possibilities in 2011 when actor Ryan Gosling, justly celebrated for his red-carpet acumen, gave a one-two punch to tradition by appearing at Cannes in a sky-blue tuxedo for the premiere of "Drive" and a deep maroon counterpart two nights later (both by Salvatore Ferragamo)
March 2, 2003 |
There were those who doubted Jim Phelan when he arrived at the small Catholic college in the Blue Ridge mountains of Western Maryland. He wanted job security but was given a one-year contract at Mount St. Mary's. He hoped for bright lights in a big city but found himself in Emmitsburg, a town with neither street lights nor sidewalks.
September 24, 2012 |
As usual, it was the women's looks that attracted the lion's share of the attention on the red carpet at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. But beyond the bright shades of blue and yellow, voluminous skirts and plunging decollatage seen on the women, there were some standouts - good and bad -- among the menfolk in attendance. Photos: Memorable menswear at the 2012 Emmy Awards In our estimation, comedian Louis C.K., who took home two Emmys on Sunday night, had a winning look to match -- perfectly pulling off a black monochrome ensemble.
January 24, 1991 |
Evidently my column on kindergartners' definitions of words has goaded some readers into thinking about words and definitions themselves. Most provocative was the kindergartners' definition of marriage: "You like that person and you fall in love and you get married." As I pointed out, marriage is not easy to define without using the word marriage itself, and that isn't kosher, as I'm sure Samuel Johnson and Merriam-Webster would agree.