How to dress like a star
Pawan and Ashish of Knights & Lords on dressing up international celebrities
What do celebrities focus on when dressing up for formal events? People like to shine in their best for important events and express it sartorially during formal events like weddings, corporate dinners and other black- and white-tie events. When they are commended in their line of work, they would also like all facets of their life to reflect the same. Craftsmanship and attention to detail in what one wears is, therefore, a showcase of how they respect their work. Wearing their outfit on the eventful day makes them comfortable in their own skin, whilst showcasing sublimity is an expression of individuality and a way of communicating without speaking a word.
Celebrities put their best foot forward during global events that felicitate their achievements and celebrate their line of work. Luis Fonsi, the singer of the multiple award-winning song Despacito, is often seen dressed immaculately for gala ceremonies. The reason he may like to dress in the best threads of a bespoke suit is because that is reflective of the quality and dedication of his work and outlook in life. Success doesn't come easy and takes years of hard work. Wearing the perfect outfit acts as an anchor to support your endeavours and reminds one of the effort it takes to finally achieve success.
A lot of thought goes into pairing the outfit right from the suit, shirt and shoes, down to even the tie or pocket square. The outfit, in its entirety, should then work as an extension of one's personality and act as a second skin during the event. This is very different from person to person and even celebrity to celebrity. While Luis Fonsi's dressing is an expression of his talent as a musician, it is very different from that of Mike Tyson, for example.
Mike Tyson dresses in a manner that showcases his power and reputation. This is done with the heavy use of monotone colours that are in sync with each other. While that is done, attention is paid to details such as cufflinks and pocket squares, which, in some ways, reflects his background of being a former heavyweight boxing champion.
Recently, we had the pleasure of crafting suits for both Mike Tyson and Luis Fonsi. Both had to wear it for a gala dinner evening, so the purpose and the setting was the same. However, the suits we crafted for them were poles apart due to the differences in their personalities. For Luis Fonsi, we crafted a bright royal blue tuxedo in birds-eye texture that was worn during the Global Gift Gala in Dubai to reflect his warm and magnetic personality, while still allowing him to appear slightly flamboyant. To tone down the brightness of the blue, we paired it with a black double breasted waistcoat and trousers. With Mike Tyson, a similar approach was taken, but we made an outfit for the global launch of the Mike Tyson Academy, consisting of a white tuxedo jacket with black waist coat and trouser to give it a more powerful effect. To tone down the powerful effect, we made a single breasted cooped waist coat. We finished the look with boxing-glove-shaped cufflinks to reflect his background of being a boxing champion.
Celebrities often dress like who they truly are, which is what makes them stand out from the rest at any formal occasion, even though everyone present is wearing a tuxedo to keep in line with the black tie dress code. The same concept should be applied to yourself if you wish to stand out by either dressing like who you truly are or, even better, who you want to be.
Pawan and Ashish are bespoke tailors at Knights & Lords, a bespoke tailoring house in Dubai. They are inspired by the alchemy of craftsmanship and bespoke tradition aimed at re-designing the wearer's inner architecture. They have learnt the traditional craft of bespoke tailoring from Savile Row, London - considered to be the spiritual home of bespoke tailors even today.