2013 Emmys Red Carpet

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The faux-tuxedo was in full force at the Primetime Emmys last Sunday.  Rare were distinctive dinner suit traits such as one-button jackets, shawl or peaked lapels, bow ties and waist coverings.  Instead we had to settle for pedestrian two-button jackets, notch lapels, flap pockets, long ties and exposed shirt navels.  Adding insult to injury, the fit of these tarted-up business suits was often atrocious, especially in terms of overlong jacket sleeves  extending to the palm and trousers pooling at the ankle.  I think it’s safe to say the latter shortcoming is as much a product of absent suspenders as of poor tailoring.

On a related note, I cannot wait for the death of the sausage-casing suit style.  This super-skinny fit can only work with perfect tailoring and a perfect body – a very rare combination outside of the fashion runway.

The Elite

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Damian Lewis of “Homeland” in Tom Ford.   Mr. Lewis was one of only a handful of men smart enough to wear a waist covering (in this case a cummerbund). (PacificCoastNews)

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Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” wearing a midnight-blue shawl-collar tuxedo by SuitSupply.  (Bauer-Griffin)

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Jimmy Fallon also wore a one-button shawl collar dinner jacket. (Getty)

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“Mad Men” star Jon Hamm in Giorgio Armani. (AP Photo)


Mixed Bag

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Freddie Highmore from “Bates Motel”.  The suit is a size too large but its details are spot on. (Getty)

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Good: one button, shawl collar, cummerbund.  Bad: pink shirt, flap pockets, self-faced collar, overly tight fit, trousers worn at the hips.  (AP Photo)

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Ty Burrell from “Modern Family” has the right idea for a twist on tradition . . . but the wrong fit. (Bauer-Griffin)

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The smart dinner suit sported by Neil Patrick Harris in the promo for the broadcast (top of page) would have been a far better choice for the show’s host than this smoking outfit. (Getty)


The Bad Fit Club

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Two of the worst examples of bad fit were seen on actors from “Modern Family”.  Eric Stonestreet is shown here in a horrible suit and overly studded shirt.  (PacificCoastNews)

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Fellow cast member Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers.  The jacket is so small it barely covers his trouser waistband. (Getty)

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Nathan Fillion modelling the hidden shirt cuff and bunched-up trouser look.  (PacificCoastNews)


The Two-Button Brigade

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Kevin Spacey in a skinny-lapel navy-blue Burberry.(Getty)

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Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad”, both in Burberry.  Cranston appears to be wearing a regular dress shirt. (Getty)

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“Dancing with the Stars” choreographer Derek Hough incorrectly fastened the lower button in his very busy tuxedo.  (AP PHoto)


Four-in-Hand Flops

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An interesting contrast in neckwear and jacket cut.  The smaller tie and lower jacket cut on Michael Douglas’s outfit exposes more shirt and makes for a more dramatic contrast than seen on Matt Damon.  (Getty)

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Alec Baldwin’s tuxedo might have been a bit heavy on the sheen but would have certainly looked much better with bow tie.  (Getty)

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“Mad Men” actor James Wolk is another example of why long ties look especially out-of-place with shawl collar tuxedo jackets. (Getty)

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To successfully bend the rules limit your variations.   The grey colour of this Burberry tuxedo is fine but not in conjunction with a 2-button jacket and long tie.  (Getty)


Bottom of the Barrel

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Evan Peters from “American Horror Story: Coven” in a Dsquared2 outfit featuring crotch-high trousers and child-size jacket. (Getty)

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Matt Leblanc demonstrating the disembodied head effect created by wearing black from neck to toe.  (Getty)

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The fact that actor Zacahry Quinto’s tuxedo comes from Givenchy doesn’t make it look any better when mismatched with a black shirt and long tie. (Getty)

7 Comments

  1. William Wright

    Truly makes me wonder if anybody who wears a tuxedo (excuse me a Black Suit trying to pass it off as a tuxedo)has read the Black Tie Guide. Everybody cited in this blog has horribly tried to dress Black Tie and failed big time! I do agree that Neal Patrick Harris’s first shot at the start was great, but when he switched to a long tie (horror!) later on, he blew it totally. I think someone needs to kill off the long tie for formal wear quickl! I refuse to wear one even in daytime. I much prefer bows in daylight and won’t wear anything but a bow (black as per requirements) when I put my tux on! Frankly, the fashionista types have thoroughly ruined Black Tie and there needs to be a crash course in teaching celebrities how to dress as well as other gentlemen! Heaven save us from the fashion types and designers who think that breaking rules are the way to go!

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    1. jovantheun1337

      Like I’ve said before, I think any of us who have read the Black Tie Guide and have a good understanding of menswear could be much better style advisers than whoever they’re hiring (if indeed they do).

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      1. Duncan

        Which raises the question – why is Mr. Marshall not fending them off with a stick?

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  2. Stuff

    Can you/anyone expand on that point about super skinny suits (ideally, with images)? I’m just not seeing it, for some reason.

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  3. Duncan

    I could forgive the host in a smoking jacket, if the other details were on. It would be a cute tongue-in-cheek thing to do as the host of an “intimate” gathering of a few thousand of his closest colleagues. However, adding the long tie, with stripes no less, turned it into a velvet sport coat.

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    1. William Wright

      As one who long ago had a velvet tux, all details have to be correct to work. While I did not wear velvet trousers (too hot as well as damage prone) every detail I wore with mine was indisputably correct right down to suspenders holding up the trousers. Only wish I could find another one as it was a great tuxedo for 1983

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  4. Will

    Damian Lewis looks very sharp! not always you see a cummerbund these days at red carpet events.

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