Orlando Bloom’s recent appearance at China’s Huading Film Awards suggests that midnight blue dinner suits are still a force to be reckoned with on American red carpets. The look has edged out the traditional black tux for most-popular award-show swag for some time now and the trend looks set to continue. Read More The midnight-blue dinner suit trend continues
When done right, a beige suit can look calming and chic. If the suit is tailored, it looks terrific. It’s even better if paired with the right colors and few colors are better paired with beige than sky blue. Daniel Craig demonstrated this perfectly when he appeared at the Locarno Film Festival. As you can see, sky blue takes the boring out of beige and sends it into the style stratosphere. Especially if the beige has a pale blue pinstripe running through it.
Many tailors will recommend their clients purchase a navy wool suit before moving on to other colors and fabrics. This is because the navy wool suit is a versatile classic and still looks cool: just check out David Beckham above! After a navy suit, the tailor may recommend a charcoal gray (or black depending on the customer) before moving on to a pin stripe (like Daniel Craig’s above) and then a plaid (like Ryan Gosling’s below). Purchasing a suit for a special occasion is extremely satisfying, but most tailors will recommend beginning your custom tailoring experience with a suit that will serve you on a daily basis. If all you’re looking for is an individual suit shaped to your specific measurements, you should, of course, order it, but bear in mind that tailoring encompasses more than that: think big and build a wardrobe! Once a tailoring company has your measurements down, it can help you design an entire wardrobe of suits, each perfectly fitted to your build and each for a separate occasion. This is why I recommend beginning with a neutral color like navy and a non-seasonal fabric like medium-weight wool. Once you’ve designed your suit and have completed any minor alterations, you can begin to introduce alternative styles, details, colors and fabrics. Before long, you’ll be the owner of a wardrobe for all seasons and occasions. Each of your suits will be styled uniquely and each will fit like a glove.
The most talked about theatrical event right now is happening on the other side of the pond starring British actors. I’m talking about the latest Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal, with real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz portraying an unfaithful couple. While the production may have split critics, some describing it as “crude and clunky,” others praising it for its top notch performances, the play itself has been a sell-out. All this excitement on Broadway has got me thinking one thing: what do our theatre? If you’re anything like me, you’re not shy about dressing up to see a play: things may have changed somewhat since the days when formal attire was unanimously expected, but the theatre is still a ceremonious place and since women nearly always dress up, I believe that gentlemen should dress accordingly. Not only does dressing up build your own excitement for the evening, it makes your guest feel good, too.