One doesn’t need an excuse to be extra festive this time of year. Dinner and cocktail parties abound – and many of you out there are sharing your most sublime take on black tie.
I am a huge fan of the Duke of Windsor’s classic tartan for evening dress, and I also love mixing tartan and velvet. Ralph Lauren has offered some more modern versions of this (as did Tom Ford several years ago) which I absolutely adore – certainly one of his strongest collections.
And of course one must not miss the finishing touches. My friends at Le Noeud Papillon, the Sydney based atelier, are doing the most tremendous things with bow ties – my favorite is the Majestic Black Set. It’s the most perfect size and shape of bow tie in brilliant black satin with matching cummerbund. Certainly something to elevate one’s ensemble to sublime levels. As you can see in the photos, I recently paired the Majestic Black Set with a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit to great effect if I do say so myself!
Nicholas Atgemis, founder of Le Noeud Papillon, recently shared some splendid thoughts with me on the subject of the bow tie, “[It] remains a symbol of intellectual free thought and a fearlessness in navigating through society….It eschews all of society’s conventional wisdom and says, ‘I think for myself.'”
Makes me want to wear a bow tie more often!
In addition to expanding our own collection of black tie accessories – these make for some rather glorious gifts! Why not surprise someone special?! You can find them at lenoeudpapillon.com.
Dressed for a holiday party, I’ve created a more formal look for my Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit by sporting the Le Noeud Papillon Majestic Black Set – bow tie and cummerbund, Tom Ford era Gucci lace trimmed ruffled tuxedo shirt, Tom Ford era Gucci black patent opera pumps, vintage black silk pocket square, a set of ruby and diamond shirt studs and cuff links by my exquisite friend, the artist and Renaissance man, Alexis Zambrano, red wool socks from Barney’s NYC, my fragrance is Creed Windsor (now Royal Mayfair), and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.