Evening Star

Giorgio Armani has made the tuxedo a red-carpet icon and a runway hit

MARLENE DIETRICH canonized the masculine look for women when she appeared in Morocco in 1930 and sang Give Me the Man. These days, it's Giorgio Armani's job to keep the tuxedo—now a black-tie staple for both men and women, thanks to the Italian tastemaker—au courant. Guys like Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Affleck and Sean Penn are obvious fans. But it took the more outlaw style of Russell Crowe to update this classic menswear look with a ribbon tie and longer tails in 2001. Jodie Foster wore a crystal beaded version to the Oscars in 1991, and Woody Harrelson ordered a hemp...

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