Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
Next weekend marks the unofficial start to summer—which means it’s time to kick your summer preparations into high gear right now.
And above all else, you’re going to need to pick up the right pair of shades for wherever it is you plan on summering—because the sun in Cannes requires a different UV protection than the sun you’ll encounter on the music festival circuit. So we put together a handy guide for your summer’s eyewear-related needs.
With the triumphant return of black tie to red carpets everywhere over the past few awards seasons, we’re especially looking forward to the upcoming Oscars. But with the parades of grosgrain on each red carpet ever-growing, it begs the question: what makes one tuxedo different from—or better than—another? So this week we’ll be dissecting the few subtle nuances to keep an eye out for on Sunday—and to consider incorporating into your own formalwear routine.
First up: the tuxedo slipper. It’s the traditional footwear of the black-tie trads, and if you’re adventurous enough to forgo the ubiquitous patent leather lace-ups, we’ve got a few ideas for you:
News of Justin Timberlake’s return to music took the Internet by storm—but we were more interested in the actual suit and tie he repeatedly mentions in the intro (of his appropriately named single, “Suit & Tie”).
Turns out it’s a Tom Ford number—not surprising, since JT chose to wear a Ford tuxedo during his secret wedding in Italy last year—but it doesn’t stop there. Timberlake and Ford have collaborated on a collection of suits (and ties, presumably) that will be “feature[d] heavily” in the album, The 20/20 Experience (presumably in the videos, but perhaps also the lyrics?). Mr. Ford styled the music video for the single. More than anything, we’re happy to see that JT is really taking the whole suit-and-tie thing seriously.
We meet again, Mr. Firth…
We haven’t seen much of Colin Firth since his meteoric King’s Speech-era run, when he left red carpets and Oscar acceptance podiums in his Tom Ford-fueled wake. And then he showed up this week at the premiere of his new film, Gambit, looking like he hadn’t missed a beat. We’ll assume this three-piece was another Tom Ford joint, which Firth lends his quintessential British unassuming-dandy-ness to perfectly. The whole thing is harder to pull off than he makes it look—especially the peak lapels—but he does it by keeping it simple in the tie and shirt department. And having some American-born arm candy doesn’t hurt either.
Pictures of the Timberlake-Biel nuptials that went down in Italy about a week ago hit the newsstands today, and we’ve got to hand it to the guy—he cleans up well and married a very attractive lady. (That’s Kempt Man of the Hour material.)
The key was his tuxedo (a custom job from Tom Ford). It was a peak lapel, tipped in grosgrain and cut with a trim fit with some wiggle room that we’ll assume had the dance floor in mind, not the mid-photo-shoot jumping. He also went the extra mile with the studded shirt buttons, which is always a classy touch.
All in all, not a bad way to spend a long weekend in Italy.
It’s no secret that Tom Ford has been the driving force behind Colin Firth’s recently impeccable run at premieres and awards podiums everywhere—so it should come as no surprise that Mr. Ford can dress himself for the red carpet. Here he is at last night’s Met Ball, standing out in a field that was particularly formidable—everyone seems to be taking black-tie seriously again, thank goodness.
The difference here is that, even though we’re dealing with a double-breasted tux, a large bow tie and a larger boutonniere—all potentials for overdoing it—he keeps it in check, and in a black-and-white palette that manages to not look so, um, “Tom Ford.”
And having a supermodel at your side never hurts.
Tom Ford unveiled his fall/winter lookbook this morning, complete with the usual furs, scarves and playboy aviators. But this time, something was different.
The clothes are still great (at this point, that goes without saying), but we couldn’t help but notice that nearly half of the models were rocking a single hand on their hip—known to laymen as the “little teapot” pose.
To break the pose down in technical terms, this model’s right hand, propped on his hip, would represent his “handle,” while his left hand dangling free would represent his “spout.”
Sadly, short and stout models are still underrepresented within the industry.
The gentleman before you is Hedi Slimane, occasional photographer and sculptor, and (as of this morning) official creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, a post once held by Tom Ford, Stefano Pilati and, just 12 years ago, Hedi himself.
It’s big news in the capital-F Fashion world, but it should make a difference for anyone with lapels—even if you’re not keeping an eye on runway shows. So we’ve put together a quick guide to why you should care…
In many ways, we were glad for the lightly humdrum proceedings last night because it gave us a chance to concentrate on what’s truly important: the tuxedos. The competition was fierce, between Plummer’s playful velvet and Clooney’s usual impeccable kit, but we were able to pick out five getups that rose above the crowd to make a statement. In case you missed it, here are the five takeaways…
Here’s one thing we like about sunglasses: not a lot’s changed. If it looked good in ’56, it looks good now. So to help you settle on your own personal style for the summer, we’ve brought together some of the most stylish gentlemen ever to block out UV rays, together with the modern equivalent of their signature shades.
In honor of the New Year, Tom Ford’s released his Spring/Summer collection to the wilds of the internet. On some level, it’s the same bombastic 70s loungewear we’re used to from Tom Ford—but as a vision of things to come, it’s downright exciting.
The big winners so far are spectators and dangling belts, along with the same safari jackets, wide-lapeled tuxes and neckerchiefs he’s been pushing since ‘09. Also, if you have a pair of white pants cluttering up your closet, you might want to start airing them out now.
And maybe that fondue set.
We’re glad he made his movie and all, but it’s about time Tom Ford got back to what he does best: borderline pornographic ad campaigns. This one makes the pitch for Ford’s Private Blend lipstick, stubble, and symbolic eroticism. Welcome back, sir.
There was a lot of good style on display last night, between Guy Pearce doing his best Thom Browne impression and Morgan Freeman completing his transformation into one of the coolest people in Hollywood, but our favorite had to be Tahar Rahim, star of the French gangster opus A Prophet.
The movie’s only playing in a handful of screens, and his chances of becoming a household name are just about slim to none, but somehow he managed to land the best tuxedo in Hollywood last night. Thanks to a particularly 70s-inspired vest, he manages to turn the uniform of the Oscars into something playful, without ever looking older than he is. Not bad, given he was sharing the red carpet with none other than Tom Ford.
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