WHITE NIGHTS

VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - TRENDS -

On her invitation to the an­nual Met Gala, US Vogue supremo Anna Win­tour in­di­cated that the dress code for men was “white tie”. Es­chew­ing the de rigueur white bow tie and black tails, rap­per Frank Ocean rocked up in a white din­ner jacket. So did Givenchy cou­turier Ric­cardo Tisci and Ed “Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan” Burns. All looked ab­so­lutely fault­less. What’s wrong with a lit­tle side–step­ping of the dress code be­tween friends ("es­pe­cially when they may have shelled out $25,000 for the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing")? Ex­cept that for­mal eti­quette also re­quires that a white din­ner jacket be only worn in the north­ern hemi­sphere from the last Mon­day in May to the first Mon­day in Septem­ber ("we kid you not"). In the south­ern hemi­sphere, the white DJ is OK all year round. So yes: white DJs all round, all year round. Frank, Ric­cardo and Ed may have started some­thing, and a white DJ could now be as ac­cept­able as the ones im­mor­talised by the likes of Humphrey Bog­art in Casablanca, Sean Con­nery in the James Bond fran­chise, and Don Draper in Mad Men. Ob­vi­ously, we would rec­om­mend giv­ing the white DJ the full works, so that it gets to the end of the evening with all sorts of stains — red wine, lip­stick galore, bod­ily flu­ids, you name it. A far more rev­e­la­tory gar­ment than the sober black tux.

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