Elements of Style

  • Jill Newman and James D. Malcolmson

Tom Ford is the master of elegant evening wear, and this black-and-gold jacquard jacket ($4,590) in a textured silk blend is one of his most sophisticated pieces yet. The elongated shawl collar creates a graceful silhouette when the jacket is paired with classic formal trousers, but the design assumes an edgier air when worn with jeans or casual slacks. Add a cotton dress shirt ($690) and a silk bow tie ($190), and you are impeccably dressed for dinner—whether the occasion calls for black tie or none at all. Tom Ford, 212.359.0300, www.tomford.com —Jill Newman

File it under obsession: In September, the men’s store at Bergdorf Goodman will open the Shoe Library, a boutique featuring a selection of fine men’s footwear, including classic British wingtips, sleek Italian loafers, and almost everything in between. The Library will offer several designs that are exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman, such as these black-velvet dress shoes ($825), with gunmetal cap toes, by Louis Leeman. A Dutch footwear designer, Leeman is making his U.S. debut at Bergdorf’s—which is clearly putting its best foot forward. Bergdorf Goodman, 800.558.1855, www.bergdorfgoodman.com —J.N.

With their blue star sapphire slices and diamonds, these cuff links ($9,450) from British jeweler Deakin & Francis lend a touch of Regency style to a man’s evening attire. And Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle Openworked ($70,800) showcases one of the oldest art forms of watchmaking, a process called skeletonizing. Watchmakers cut away the nonessential parts of movement plates (only the “bones” remain) to create a lacelike pattern. The plates are then carefully ornamented by a master engraver—resulting in a work of finely detailed art. Deakin & Francis, www.deakinandfrancis.co.uk (available at Bergdorf Goodman, 800.558.1855, www.bergdorfgoodman.com); Vacheron Constantin, 877.862.7555, www.vacheron-constantin.com —James D. Malcolmson

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