I'm trying to tone down the Black Tie snobbery, on the basis that it's a dress code that's been in flux almost since its inception, and permits stretching the boundaries of what's permissible in a way that White Tie really doesn't.
Still, many don't even know what the boundaries are, and Hollywood is no exception, so it's probably no surprise that many stars manage to turn up to one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the world looking as if they've just been dragged through Topman backwards. Still, there are always a few that give us hope, and even inspiration for our own black tie ensembles. One of my favourite websites: Black Tie Guide, has, for the last few years, put together a page of amusing coverage of the style triumphs and disasters of the Oscar ceremonies.
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