The Art of Black Tie Dressing With the World's Oldest Tailor
Ede & Ravenscroft Focus
Ede & Ravenscroft has been dressing men for generations: as London’s oldest tailors established in 1689 (and also holders of all three Royal Warrants), the brand is an authoritative voice when it comes to formal attire — from morning wear to outfits for black- or white-tie.
The brand's latest Autumn Winter 2017 collection is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century, a period of artistic expression heralding craftsmanship and a medieval and romantic aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the print and jacquard works of prominent artists of this era, the outfitter created a stunning lineup of black tie waistcoats and silk jacquard accessories in deep tones and stunning textures. Proving that true style is enduring, English jacquards and rich velvets are used to breathe new life into classics styles.
Read on as the tailors at Ede & Ravenscroft take us through the key pieces of the collection and offer wisdom on how to wear them for a black-tie occasion.
Confidence is Key
Ede & Ravenscroft specialise in creating beautifully refined pieces in sumptuous fabrics. Black tie doesn't have to mean stuffy — or even black, for that matter. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. According to the experts, deep wine, rich navy and emerald tones are all suitable for black tie occasions. It's all in the details — it's little things like fabric pattern or the trim on the sleeves or lapel that make the suit.
Reinvention of a Classic
As it is with most men's clothing, the cut is everything. From the length of the suit to the cut of the lapel, everything has to be tailored to perfection. The shawl lapel, which originated from Victorian formal attire, has been part of dress wear etiquette for centuries. This season, Ede and Ravenscroft marries the classic shawl lapel with a luxurious Italian silk. The experts opine that in a classic cut, this jacket is a worthy addition to any man about town’s wardrobe.
Knack of the Bow-tie
According to Ede & Ravenscroft, bow-tie is the right way to go for a black tie dress code. The size of the bow-tie should be proportionate to the stature of the wearer in order create a cohesive look. Like many things in life, less is more. If you choose to wear a velvet smoking jacket, you should wear black tie trousers — not a whole velvet suit — to avoid looking over the top. Paired with a crisp white dress shirt, black tie trousers and a bowtie, any jacket from the collection will put you well on your way to any gentlemen's best dressed list.