Paris Couture Turns the Aisle into a Catwalk. With American designers shaking up men’s formalwear with slim lapels and Windsor ties, Marc Jacobs’ latest creations for Louis Vuitton turn back the clock to a regal era. Draped in luxurious velvet, grooms look confident enough to take the throne. Honoring Vuitton’s heritage as a purveyor of fine luggage, many of the trendy tuxes from Jacobs’ line feature subtle buckles and snaps. Like a cross between characters from Jane Austen novels and John Travolta movies, a man in a Louis Vuitton tux looks strong, yet soft, ad always ready to catch a swooning bride. Designer: Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. http://www.louisvuitton.com. Available online from Savvi Atlanta: http://www.besavvi.com.
Barefoot on the Beach. More and more couples treat their wedding guests to fun, casual, and exotic celebrations. Black top hats and tails don’t mix too well on sand of any color, so consider something relaxed, but elegant. Considering a daytime wedding at the end of a long pier? A light linen shirt and cotton pants will keep you cool but crisp under the island sun. Tying the knot at night against a backdrop of stars? A light wool blazer over a cotton crew-neck shirt adds a hint of formality to your affair. And it will look even better draped on the bride’s shoulders at the reception. Casual island formalwear from Tommy Bahama: http://www.tommybahama.com.
Understated British Elegance. If you want to express some of your own quirkiness at the wedding, consider some of the latest fashions from Paul Smith. Mixing up classic British layers with a rock and roll edge, the latest wave of Paul Smith tuxedos offers grooms a wide selection of choices. If your wedding’s at a country lodge, consider a charcoal and checked design inspired by traditional English fox hunts. City dwelling groomsmen can layer long, black topcoats over classic shirts and trousers, with colorful scarves that match the bridesmaids’ gowns. Blending Savile Row cuts with Carnaby Street colors, this tuxedo line lets the creative groom shine. Designer: Paul Smith. http://www.paulsmith.co.uk. Available online from Bergdorf Goodman: http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com.