Frank Sinatra once said that men should not wear dinner jackets on Sunday evenings, substituting dark suits instead. There is no record of how he arrived at this conclusion, but perhaps it was from observing his peers clothing on the Sunday of the Academy Awards. Those of us interested in dress, and who reading this is not, will find it worth while to page through the photos of the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (hereafter VFOP) on the Vanity Fair web site to see all the ways Hollywood black tie can be interpreted. Or mis-interpreted as the case may be. But, irrespective of their clothing, most of the males were classically accessorized by a beautiful woman (or was it vice versa?), including a properly attired (despite Mr. Sinatra's belief) George Glasgow Jr. of G. J. Cleverley , who was accompanied by Miss Nathalie Walker.
Even as the Awards ceremony began, celebrities and would-be celebrities were streaming into the party. Hosted by Graydon Carter, it is one of the toughest tickets in a town full of them. The VFOP starts at 5:30 PM on Awards night with a dinner for the early guests to watch the show on television (attendees are invited in shifts so that more people can be accommodated) and remains crowded until sometime Monday morning, with the Awards winners piling in around 11. Many of the women who actually went to the Awards changed their clothing between the ceremony and the party itself. Some of the men might have been better off had they followed that example.
Photo of Mick Jagger and George Hamilton: Getty Images/VF