The recent Diamond Jubille of the San Francisco ballet was as formal as affairs usually get in the United States. The black-tie event and fundraiser included a $1,000 per seat (and up) dinner in City Hall, a performance by America’s oldest professional ballet company, and a party after the performance. There were more than a thousand people seated for dinner and three thousand at the ballet itself.
The attendees included hundreds of formally dressed women but only a few men turned out in white tie. They got my vote for best dressed.
A large contingent wore classic black tie. A few men, like the gentleman in the photo, dressed it up in appropriate fashion.
And of course, too many attendees wore ordinary suits, some without so much as a necktie. But they were better dressed than a few others, whose quest to be different didn't earn them any style points.
I will not grace this site with their photos but among the worst dressed was one man whose dinner jacket sleeves fell to his knuckles. Most people noticed only his orange four in hand necktie.
Worst of all was the dinner jacket accompanied by a gray and black four in hand and matching vest. They were worn above black vinyl trousers. The horror.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Photographs are courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography. © Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.