Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Real Tux Appeal; Sick of Cheap Frills, Suit-Up and Shine

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Real Tux Appeal; Sick of Cheap Frills, Suit-Up and Shine

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CHRISTMAS parties are the best excuse to wear frilly clothes, but after a while they can seem a little fussy. The wardrobe antidote is a sleek, modern, fitted tuxedo.

The man-tailored suit Co usually a jacket with lapel, and trousers with a tonal-fabric stripe down the leg Co can be sophisticated and super-sexy. Just look at Angelina Jolie, who wears them regularly on the red carpet.

It's the attitude that makes a difference.

"It's what gives the woman a little tailored naughtiness," says Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa. "It's very sleek. It's for that kind of woman who really likes to have that spirit Co easy in pants, structured shoulders. It says something about her: She's a little different than everyone else."

The woman in the tuxedo suit always stands out, Costa says, but not in the way of the woman in a red dress, or something low-cut or sheer. "The idea of equality is bold and represents a freedom. ... I think it's provocative but also has power to it."

Marlene Dietrich separated herself from the pack back in the 1920s and '30s with a smouldering signature suit look, and then Yves Saint Laurent reintroduced it to the runway crowd in the '60s with his "Le Smoking" suit. The tuxedo in some form or another Co sometimes even with a skirt Co then became a staple of St Laurent's collections throughout the decades, says Colleen Hill, assistant curator of the Museum at FIT in New York.

"YSL was an influential proponent of women in trousers, in general," she says. "He was the first to make the tuxedo and tuxedo pants a high-fashion, acceptable style. He was often quoted as saying women look as good in pants as in a dress."

A menswear-inspired silhouette has the wink effect of a boyfriend shirt or blazer, says designer Jill Stuart. They're not overtly sexual but they ooze an inner sensuality, she adds.

For her upcoming spring collection, Stuart offered a white tux, with the flattering, elongating satin stripe, that had a cropped pant leg. …

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