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June 14, 2007

On the Shoulders of Giants

Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion,Suits,Tailoring — Izzy @ 8:04 pm

David Hyde Pierce with weak shoulders

Izzy recommends the soft-shoulder look for those who can get away with it, a group which, unfortunately for him, doesn’t include David Hyde Pierce (here posing with his recent Tony Award).  Unless he plans on mastering the military press at the gym, he needs a jacket with some padding to bring his shoulders closer to horizontal.

June 8, 2007

Lost Pounds

Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion,The Big Man — Izzy @ 5:56 pm

Jorge Garcia in formal wear

Jorge Garcia, one of the stars of the TV show Lost, clearly has a lot of food experience under his belt. But by wearing a well-fitting tuxedo—and keeping it buttoned—he looks like he’s been forced to forage on a desert island.

May 29, 2007

Winging It

Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Grooming,Men's Fashion,Shirts — Izzy @ 4:59 pm

Alain Delon in wing collar

Izzy had never seen anyone wear an unbuttoned wing-collar shirt before, but at Cannes French film star Alain Delon nearly pulls it off—but certainly not the unkempt haircut or blinged-up lapel pin.

May 17, 2007


Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 7:43 pm

orange Valentino

Izzy has already remarked on Valentino’s other-worldly skin tone, but he now wonders whether the designer suffers from an eating disorder, and has overdosed on carrots.

May 1, 2007

The Shawl-Lapel Tuxedo

Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 10:19 pm

Tim Gunn in shawl lapel tuxedo

Although tuxedos with peak or shawl lapels are more traditional and proper than those with a notch lapel, Izzy has rarely found a shawl lapel that suits his fancy. But by going with narrow lapels, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn demonstrates an exceptional case.

April 30, 2007

To Accompany a Stiff Upper Lip

Filed under: Formal Wear,Men's Fashion,Shirts — Izzy @ 11:58 am

Harvie & Hudson stiff collar

For those who are looking for the ultimate in formidable formal wear, Izzy recommends one of these fierce stiff formal collars from Harvie & Hudson of Jermyn Street. He himself is ginning up the courage to wear one.

March 1, 2007

Black vs. Blue

Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion,Tailoring — Izzy @ 1:19 am

Eddie Murphy in tux

Looking a bit like a turtle sticking its head out of its shell, Eddie Murphy would have benefited from a higher collar. Also, while midnight blue is an acceptable and sophisticated alternative to black in formal wear, the color of Murphy’s jacket is both unflattering and too light to qualify as such.

February 26, 2007

Emperor Penguin

Filed under: Formal Wear,Glasses,Men's Fashion,Scarves — Izzy @ 11:55 am

George Miller

Dressing like a stout flightless marine bird is par for the course at the Oscars, but George Miller, the producer of Happy Feet, went delightfully all out by tucking a white silk scarf into his jacket.

February 2, 2007


Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 10:44 pm

Hugh Grant sans cummerbund

By neglecting to wear a cummerbund, Hugh Grant was perhaps going for a devil-may-care look, but in the end, he merely ended up emphasizing his tummy.

December 22, 2006


Filed under: Formal Wear,Hats,Men's Fashion,Outerwear,Shoes,Suits,Tailoring — Izzy @ 11:17 pm

Good Shepherd

From what Washington Post movie reviewer Stephen Hunter writes, the Good Shepherd sounds like it will be a holiday treat for the clothes-minded:

[Matt Damon’s character] is from one of those old families — you know, the ones who knew everybody, got the best jobs and knew which wine went with which course. Ever notice their lapels? They never bunched up when they sat down, like yours or mine did. They had drape, and that’s the giveaway right there….

As anthropology and archaeology, the film is first-class. If old WASP high Anglican haberdashery was the dullest, tweediest cavalcade of threads ever conceived, the movie certainly understands this. The suits fit beautifully and look like mud on asphalt, the shoes are both shiny and dull, nobody has the wit to wear a Burberry but only those sacklike London Fog single-breasted raincoats and the little ’50s small-brimmed hat, usually with the tail feather of a Bavarian woodcock in the band. Color? These guys never heard of it!

November 15, 2006

Oh, the Eau de Tom Ford

Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Grooming,Men's Fashion,Underwear — Izzy @ 11:57 pm

Tom Ford in Tux

Just in time for the release of his new perfume, Black Orchid, former Gucci designer Tom Ford confessed that he does not wear deodorant*, saying he prefers his own “human smell.” He also apparently prefers that ten-foot clearance everyone gives him.

*Or underwear.

October 12, 2006

Unfortunately Dressed for the Event

Filed under: Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion,Ties — Izzy @ 8:56 pm

Lemony Snicket

Daniel Handler, a.k.a. author Lemony Snicket, demonstrates the importance of choosing a bowtie in proportion to one’s head.

Combine a substantial noggin with a tiny tie, and one’s head can perilously look like a balloon that’s been tied off.

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