weeks ago,

I had the pleasure of attending the 68th Annual Parson’s Benefit at Chelsea Piers with many thanks to Kat and her dear friends at Maybelline. It was a seated dinner, nestled around a catwalk, hosted by Andy Cohen with honorees Sarah Jessica Parker, Donna Karan, Ariana Huffington, and Beth Rudin DeWoody (literally steps away from seeing these incredible women speak). “Black tie” has always been a form of attire that I gulped at — I’m not much of a suit guy, or what do I wear? Firstly, I’ve learned that once you put on a suit, especially one that’s been tailored to fit your body like a glove regardless of designer, you immediately become a suit guy. Secondly, chill out — I can wear the same black suit as last time. And there’s inexpensive ways to make the black tie look appear different each time for those permanent Instagram moments. For one, a black or white shirt — pick one (Zara’s a go-to)! Next, bow tie or regular tie — your choosing (bow ties for some odd reason make me feel better, but it depends on the look). All standard suiting fixes. Next, the shoe. I chose a classic style here from Christian Louboutin, but I appreciated the sneakers and converse look this fashion gala harnessed of some of its guests that I’ll give a go. If anything, we can take risks on the shoes. Lastly, jewelry. Spare usage of rings and bracelets help add personality. After that, worries begone since there’s nothing left to do but enjoy the moment at hand in your 007 self.

Wearing: Dolce & Gabbana Suit // Zara Shirt // Pierre Cardin Bow Tie // Christian Louboutin Shoes // Maison Margiela Ring // Photography: Justin Duplantis