Speaking Point: Male celebrities usually wear designer tuxedos. Often times, they are custom made for them. Male celebrities, just like female celebs, almost always use a stylist to help select their tuxedo, shoes, accessories and determine how their hair is groomed and styled.
Speaking Point: Male celebrities (especially A-list celebs) are sent many designer tuxedos to choose from. Designers do this in the hope that a famous male celeb will wear their design down the red carpet. It is the stylist's job to cull through the many different tuxedo options and find the one that match's their client's image, persona, and fashion type. The fabric, style, and cut of the tuxedo needs to flatter a man's bone structure and body proportions. For example, while Johnny Depp can wear a very tailored sixties style narrow lapelled tuxedo with a skinny tie which works very well on his lean body and trendy alternative looks. But that same tuxedo would be ridiculous on for example, Harrison Ford. Harrison needs more of a traditional cut tuxedo for his huskier body and manly persona.
Speaking Point: Tuxedo styles vary widely: fabric, lapel size and shape, and cut. Classic styles are always appropriate but not always very exciting. Like all suits, tuxedos styles are also influenced by fashion trends. For 2012, retro glamour is in full swing. Suits are more form fitting and lean. Classic black tuxedos with white shirts are back in style. Ties are slimmer. So are trousers, which are worn without a break and hemmed to lay right on or above the dress shoe. Think Mad Men or Pan Am for the inspiration. Clean lines, perfectly tailored, with a normal shoulder emphasis (not too broad or bold).
Speaking Point: Materials are super fine woolens or silk/wool blends. Lapels are usually satin. Most tuxedos are solid fabrics without patterns or stripes. Black is the most popular color, then white. I prefer black on most men, especially on the red carpet. It is more striking. Vests are optional as are evening scarves worn over the jacket. Bow ties are classic, while ties are more of a fashion trend.
Speaking Point: Man jewelry is a great way to add a classy statement to the entire tuxedo ensemble. Jeweled tuxedo shirt studs, cufflinks and diamond pins worn on the lapel or on the tie add drama and elegance. They look best when they are subtle and not overtly flashy. Patent leather evening shoes or velvet tuxedo slippers are the most elegant shoes to wear. But some celebs opt for a classic leather lace up dress shoe that is highly polished. Dress socks that go over the calf are an absolute must when wearing a tux! Nothing look worse than the wrong socks or socks that are too short and show a man's hairy legs when he sits (and crosses his legs)!
Speaking Point: The biggest mistakes I see on the Red Carpet are tuxedos that look out of style or are the wrong fashion type for a celebrity's body proportions and image. Some tuxedo ensembles look too contrived or like the man tried to hard to be unique. I've also seen ties that don't lay flat, collars that don't hug the back of the neck properly, lapels that pull open because the jacket doesn't fit correctly on the chest area and shoulder lines that are too wide or too weak. Add to that scruffy grooming and that will diminish any celeb's power and persona.
Speaking Point: Nothing is more fabulous than a male celebrity in an elegant perfectly fitted and tailored tuxedo that matches his persona, and is modern in it's cut...worn with the right shoes, accessories, hairstyle, perfectly groomed and sporting a gorgeous sexy smile!