Sunday, August 5, 2012
Look book - The Well-Dressed Men Series - formal
James Bond mode. Incidentally, the fact that these two gentlemen look equally fabulous in a tux is proof that great formal wear works regardless of a man's coloring. Ocean's Eleven is fun anyway, but it's also chock-full of handsome men wearing all kinds of clothes. And while Matt Damon and Brad Pitt both look fantastic in their formal garb, George Clooney somehow takes it beyond fantastic and into the area of totally dazzling. In most cases Gorgeous George wears a classic black tux with a modest black bow tie, with no cummerbund (that's a broad sash that goes under the tux) or vest. Sir Anthony Hopkins had a tough task in the movie Meet Joe Black. In addition to delivering a performance, he had to hold his own while sharing the screen with two hot young stars Claire Forlani and Brad Pitt. Sir Anthony certainly rose to the challenge. Love it or hate it, but Meet Joe Black has one of the most spectacular party scenes in movie history. It is the culmination of the movie, visually and emotionally, when all loose ends are tied and all things are revealed and resolved. The set designers provided a stunning backdrop, and the actors absolutely had to look their best. Which they did - and how! Sir Anthony and Brad wore matching black tuxes, with slightly fuller black bow ties, black vests and black patent shoes. Anthony Hopkins was 61 when this movie was made, Brad Pitt - 36. You tell me, which of the two rocks the look better. When you are 61, put on your tux and your patent shoes, walk up to a 26-year old actress/model perfectly encased in a backless silver dress and ask her to dance. See how it goes. Here we have Sir Anthony - perfectly attired, perfectly confident, dancing with perfect ease with one of the most beautiful women on the planet, and delivering his lines like the Oscar winner he is. While the black tux is classic, the white tux propels you well and truly into the Hollywood glamor. There are two ways to wear a white tuxedo. One is to go with the standard black basics - tuxedo trousers and vest - paired by a white tuxedo shirt and topped with a white tuxedo jacket, as Hugh Jackman did for the party scene in Australia. Another option is to go all out and do a full white formal, like Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty. A dazzling, perfectly tailored white suit will not bestow God-like powers upon you, but you will certainly look divine. Black and white are no longer the only paths toward formal glamor. My favorite guy when it comes to injecting some color into his formal look is Will Smith, and it's particularly adorable, because he color-coordinates with his wife. Here is Mr. Smith in a not black, not white, but a cool gunmetal gray fitted tux worn with a dark gray ascot and a deep midnight blue velvet vest, pairing up perfectly with Jada Smith's royal blue gown.