Blue Jeans & Black Tie


Dean & Dan Caten were not in the mood to focus on dour times. Instead, they chose to continue doing what they’re known for, creating the perfect mix of casual and formal. The models walked down a grand staircase with a piano player and ballroom dancers welcoming them from below. The show notes indicated an intention to highlight how perseverance, and yes, even fun, bloomed forth in other severe times like the Great Depression. The glitz of the silver screen meshed well with the grit of blue collar workers. Tuxedo jackets were underpinned with chambray denim shirts and leather vests, while shearling jackets were cropped. Jeans and chinos were loose and washed, while tailored pants had a dropped crotch. Railroad man hats and formal bow ties accessorized many of the exits, actually working together instead of looking foolhardy. The design duo took their final bow to the classic soundtrack of optimism, “Tomorrow,” causing a room full of smiles even among the industry’s most jaded.


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