Black tie is among those opportunities a man has to feel a little James Bond-esque; dashing, elegantly dangerous, and striking in a very restrained ensemble. The power has been, and will continue to be, in the details. There are time-honored avenues to travel to set yourself away from the pack, if just so. Velvet is one of those options; it adds both visual interest and is a baby step out of the box when done with the coordinating trousers. It’s a little more rakish than just a velvet dinner jacket. A full suit leaves others inspired, maybe scared, even perplexed. All reasons to go for. That’s why I wanted this to be the first piece I made for Kamsten.
Wearing something formal typically means an evening shirt, bow tie and some sort of formal pump, slipper or plain oxford. That is always a stunningly simple combination. However, I like the idea of having some fun with your formal pieces. This velvet feels a bit more partyish than a tuxedo in wool. There’s a fantastic, touchable component to it. I’ve paired it here with a simple cashmere crewneck and black chelsea boots for a looks that’s more downtown lounge, than banquet. It’s more rewarding to get mileage out of special pieces. There’s no reason anything should only be designated for one or two events a year. Break up the pieces; wear the trousers with a leather jacket or the jacket with ripped jeans.
The classic details of black tie; the satin cuffs, waistband, piping, and lapels, are here, yet the ease of the crewneck balances it out. The all black makes everything just a bit more mysterious, yet stylishly so.
The large lapels perhaps aren’t for everyone, but they do make a statement. It’s all in-keeping withe DGAF spirit of velvet. It stands out, but for all the right reasons. Why not?