When the dress code for next week’s Costume Institute gala was revealed last month, it was presumed that attendees would have a slightly easier time of interpreting the "white tie and decorations" dress code than they did last year’s infamously varied punk theme. While, yes, this year’s attire won’t require musical research, per se, it appears that the gents of Hollywood, fashion and beyond aren’t entirely clear on the whole "decorations" situation.
In a feature in Women’s Wear Daily today, celebrities of all makes and matters are fretting about how to interpret the Downton Abbey-esque directive.
"To do it properly, the rules are rigid," writes WWD. "A black tailcoat, matching trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid in the U.S.; two stripes in Europe of the U.K.; a white pique wing-collared shirt with stiff front; a white vest; white-colored (e.g., mother-of-pearl) studs and cuff links; a white bow tie; white or gray gloves; black patent shoes, and black dress socks. A top hat is optional."
Of course, such a specific wardrobe almost necessitates that the white-tie ensembles be custom-made—but with a $25,000 entry ticket, it’s not as if a $10,000 suit is going to do much financial damage. For starters, celebrities like 6-foot, 11-inch New York Knick player and all-around fashion darling Amar’e Stoudemire have turned to Lanvin, while Hamish Bowles and André Leon Talley will both be in Ralph Lauren.
With the ball a mere five days away, the clock is ticking for the men about town to, well, get it together. We’ll be tuning in on Monday, May 5 for the big reveal.