Putting together a seductive black & white outfit

A tuxedo doesn’t just offer the wearer a sharp outfit option; it bestows a kind of confidence. When wearing one, it’s hard not to saunter into a room with the masculine-meets-feminine swagger of a Marlene Dietrich or a Katherine Hepburn. A soft, ultra-now take may not meet the same level of imposing tailoring and structure; but the essence of the tuxedo seeps through. The confidence is softer, subdued, but it’s none the less there.

This shoot starring Jacquelyn Jablonski features a black and white colour palette and mood that’s very in line with the current take on tuxedo dressing: the suiting is relaxed, the blouses are sheer, and it’s all punctuated by feminine details like bows and lace.

jacquelyn jablonski tuxedo

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Jacquelyn Jablonski: Allure Korea August '11
Jacquelyn Jablonski: Allure Korea August '11
Jacquelyn Jablonski: Allure Korea August '11
Jacquelyn Jablonski: Allure Korea August '11
Jacquelyn Jablonski: Allure Korea August '11
Jacquelyn Jablonski: Allure Korea August '11

Titled The Seduction this is styling that certainly seduces, fashion editor Catherine Newell-Hanson getting the monochromatic soft simplicity just right. Catherine Servel was behind the lens, while Chiho Omae at Frank Artists created the brilliantly dramatic makeup.

You can view more of the shoot, which features in Allure Korea’s August 2011 issue, by clicking on the thumbnails.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.