Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Our first example, the late Porfirio Rubirosa, was a diplomat, polo player, auto racer, womanizer and my secret boyhood hero. He is clad in a well-cut morning coat for his marriage to Doris Duke, a woman who if she was not the richest woman in the world was in the running. Rubirosa exited the marriage after a year with the photograph, alimony, a fishing fleet, several sports cars, a converted B-25 bomber, and a 17th Century house in Paris (he did not do quite as well from a later marriage to the heiress Barbara Hutton but then that one only lasted a few months). Choose formal day wear for marriage in a cathedral even when the bride to be is not an heiress.
The second photo features the late Melchor Gastón Ferrer, the actor, director and producer who had the good fortune to be married to film star Audrey Hepburn, whom Hubert de Givenchy helped become one of the best dressed women in the world, for fourteen years. Ferrer is elegant in nothing more complex than a blue suit, white shirt and silver tie. And, much as I like formal day wear, most men would do well to emulate him, at least those whose ceremonies will not be in cathedrals.
Morning coat or suit will live on in the photographs. Men planning Spring nuptials should commission one or the other.