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The Real Winners at Last Night’s Tuxedo Games

  • Kempt Staff
The Real Winners at Last Night’s Tuxedo Games

The third and final Fey-Poehler-helmed Golden Globes ran like a well-oiled machine last night.

Which allowed us to focus on what was really important: the tuxedos.

And from the looks of last night’s proceedings, it would seem the state of black tie on the red carpet is as strong as ever (and that Hollywood has reached peak beard). With the competition stiffening with each new awards season, the stakes were higher than ever...

So, without further ado, here were the real winners of last night’s tuxedo games.

Introducing Combatant Gentlemen’s New Tux

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You may have heard. It’s Cyber Monday.

But don’t bother—we’ve already found you the best value you’ll see all day, or any day, for that matter...

Because today Combatant Gentlemen has unveiled an incredibly-handsome-yet-amazingly-priced tuxedo, perfectly timed for any winter-gala-ing you plan on doing. (Not to mention New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.)

In case you’re not familiar with the LA-based upstart label Combatant Gentlemen: it’s basically what you get when you combine a third-generation tailor, a fashion-business insider and a tech guru—and subtract all the conventional markup schemes. What you also get: well-made suits cut from 140s wool with real horn buttons... all at an absurd value. And, as of today, a classic tux that’s got satin lapels, traditional waist tabs in the pants and all of the same construction and value Combatant Gentlemen is making its name on. Plus, they’re sweetening the pot today by giving every tuxedo purchaser an opportunity to win a champagne-soaked New Year’s Eve blowout for four in Las Vegas.

You can probably guess the dress code.

The 55 Greatest Tuxedos of All Time

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

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1860: Edward VII Prince of Wales commissions Henry Poole to design a short dinner jacket for estate shenanigans.

1886: American gentleman James Potter finds himself weekending at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and is promptly directed to Mr. Poole’s services so he can look the part.

October 10, 1886 (circa 8pm): Potter debuts said dinner jacket stateside at the Tuxedo Park Club Ball, in Tuxedo, NY. (Get it? Tuxedo, NY.)

October 10, 1886 (circa 8:15pm): Club members swoon, rejoice, faint in the presence of true dapperness. The tuxedo is born.

October 10, 2013: Kempt honors a legend, amassing the 55 greatest moments in tuxedodom.»

The Real Winners of the 2013 Emmys

  • Kempt Staff

2013-09-23T002437Z_01_LOA900_RTRIDSP_3_TELEVISION-EMMYS A little something called the Emmys happened last night.

Sure, there were some upsets on the podium, but we were more interested in who won the red carpet. And we must say, the competition was strong (while last night’s mantra seemed to be “this golden age of television,” the past few awards seasons suggest we’ve reentered a “golden age of red carpet black tie” as well).

It was mostly a black and midnight blue affair, but there were a few departures we could get behind—most notably, Jon Hamm’s ivory peak lapels and even Neil Patrick Harris’ deep wine-hued number. Naturally, we’ve rounded up the most dapper of the lot:

A look at the real winners of last night’s Emmy’s, after the jump. »

Kempt Man of the Hour: George Clooney

  • Najib Benouar

0007ca5c-630 Ladies and gentlemen, introducing a three-time MOTH and all-time Venice Film Festival legend in the making...

George Clooney, please take a bow.

Yes, we’ve already extolled the many virtues of a tuxedoed Cloons, but there’s something magical that happens when the fantastic silver fox lands in Venice. (We’d chalk it up to all those summers spent on Lake Como.) This week he was in town to open the festival with his sci-fi thriller, Gravity, and has already been spotted piloting one of those glamorous wooden speedboats in a T-shirt, waltzing into press shoots with open-collared nonchalance and finishing the night with his signature red-carpet-dominating notch-lapel tux. It’s swagger in its unabbreviated, originally intended form, and we wouldn’t mind seeing a few more encores.

More evidence of Clooney’s Venetian infallible-ness, after the jump.»

Summerizing Your Formalwear

  • Najib Benouar

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Formalwear, by design, is usually pretty stuffy.

But with the warmer, more carefree summer party circuit on the horizon—weddings, society croquet galas, et cetera—you’ve got permission to lighten things up a bit. That means cotton instead of silk, linen instead of cotton and, for the love of all things holy above 90 degrees, not a stitch of velvet in sight. So we’ve rounded up a few lightweight substitutions for your tuxedo routine that will keep you just as dapper through the hotter months to come. No sweat.

Summerizing your formalwear in four easy steps...»

Illesteva’s New Site, Gateway Tuxedos and J. Press for Dick Cavett

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Catching Some Shades: Esquire directs us to the newly relaunched website for cult-y sunglasses purveyor Illesteva—replete with webshop.

Gateway Tux: In the wake of Sunday night’s black-tie clinic, Valet tracks down an attainable tuxedo for any budding red-carpet hopefuls.

Press On: Richard Press, the seemingly endless source of menswear lore, regales us with the tale of his tenure as talk show host Dick Cavett’s wardrobe supplier.

Fina-Cop-More: Why You Mad hips us to Neapolitan shirtmaker Finamore’s latest offerings.

The Morning After the Oscars

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Talking Tuxes: GQ sums up just about every tuxedo in attendance in the photo above, as modeled by the cast of The Avengers.

First Impression: The gents at Esky name Samantha Banks the most stunning red-carpet newcomer.

Pointed Argument: The Cut takes a look at the most heated debate during the Oscars: Anne Hathaway's dress darts.

Tie Goes to Runner: Apparently, the shocking “tie” for best sound editing was not unprecedented. Huffington Post looks at the history of Oscar ties.

The Five Things to Consider About Your Tuxedo

  • Najib Benouar

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In our ongoing ruminations on black tie regalia during the lead-up to the Oscars, let us consider the little things that can make or break a tuxedo’s chances for best-dressed-list-ed glory...

As with everything menswear-related, attention to detail is paramount—we’ll spare you the lecture on how your tux should fit well (just make sure it does). We’d rather focus on the universally key factors like sizing up a lapel, the appropriateness of grosgrain and the employment of a pocket square.

Dissecting the finer points of a tuxedo.»

Beyond the Tux: Evaluating the Tuxedo Slipper

  • Najib Benouar

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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:

Evaluating the many forms of the tuxedo slipper.»

The 10 Style Lessons from 30 Rock

  • Najib Benouar

The final episode of 30 Rock airs tonight. Forever optimists, we’ve decided to focus not on our sadness, but on opportunities for growth. So we mined the past seven seasons for the most important sartorial lessons the show has offered.

While Jack Donaghy undoubtedly stands head and shoulders above the rest of the show’s unkempt misfits and trucker hats, there are still plenty of examples of what to do and what not to do. And here they are:

The 10 style lessons to be learned from 30 Rock