Dressing to the nines got here simple for the greater than 500 visitors who turned out at Jazz at Lincoln Middle final night time in honor of Brooks Brothers’s bicentennial blowout. Of their various takes on black tie, loyalists to the oldest attire model in America settled in for a veritable selection present hosted by trumpeter extraordinaire Wynton Marsalis. “It’s not very often you get to host a friend’s 200th birthday party,” he quipped to the gang. The hour of performances traversed genres—there have been Broadway ballads sung by the Grammy-minted, like Jon Batiste and Jessica Vosk; a duet by piano and tap-dancing prodigies; and one rousing gospel rendition of “Happy Birthday” belted by Pastor Shirley Caesar and her ensemble choir (a tune that culminated in a cake presentation and pyrotechnics show).
Nevertheless, no visitor rallied the gang greater than Paul Simon. A shock addition to the night time’s lineup, the legendary crooner sauntered onto the Rose Theater stage, guitar in hand, sporting a baseball cap, black mesh bomber jacket, pink T-shirt, black denims, and what can solely be described as dad sneakers. Costume code be damned, he left the gang’s jaws on the ground and telephones within the air as he delivered a solo tackle his “American Tune.”
Later, in an Americana-themed cocktail celebration full of sentimental pretzels, scorching canines, and heaping helpings of caviar, visitors reminisced on their lifelong love affair with Brooks Brothers. Mad Males star Christina Hendricks recalled her wedding ceremony to husband Geoffrey Arend, who stood by her aspect all through the night time.“They’ve been with us at almost every awards show we’ve ever been to, and outfitted my husband and his groomsmen for our wedding,” she stated. “They’ve actually been there at each main second in our lives. The blokes all wore Brooks Brothers from the start on Mad Males, however Joan didn’t get to put on any, so I put on it in my actual life now. I simply assume what’s cool about Brooks Brothers is that they keep true to themselves, however they’re continually reviving themselves.”
Now that two centuries have handed, tales like these are previous hat for the trusted purveyor. Andy Warhol famously turned to it for his white oxford shirts, FDR commissioned customized capes, and Abraham Lincoln usually wore a Brooks Brothers swimsuit, minimize particularly for his towering body, however throughout the final 17 years below CEO Claudio Del Vecchio, it has cleverly tailored for a extra trendy period. “We are not good because we are old,” the Italian scion advised the gang initially of the night. “We are old because we are good.”
In its present state, slimmer matches are favored over the extra classically tailor-made, and the womenswear choices have been given a brand new lightness because of inventive director Zac Posen. “It took working from the inside out—construction, fabrication, and giving an original and unified vision, and looking within ourselves, and not the outside world,” Posen advised Vogue about his reimagining of the model. Amongst his contributions, he has begun to combine new signature objects just like the pocketed shirtdress. “I think it’s really exciting to introduce [the brand to] a new generation, while not forgetting its current customer and its history of customers, and that’s a very fine collaborative balance to strike,” Posen added, accompanied by confidante Katie Holmes all through the night.
The newest era to affix the Golden Fleece clique was effectively represented too, because of the 18-year-old star of ABC’s hit comedy Black-ish, Yara Shahidi. “I have been shopping in the boy’s section for tuxes since I was 10,” she advised Vogue with amusing, sporting a crisp collared shirt and structured skirt designed by Posen, and joined by her dad and mom and two brothers. “They have been so ingrained in our family, and it wasn’t until I became older that I realized that. I think it’s now been, in my life span, a decade of them dressing me, and I love it.”