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Alber Elbaz

The look: Fit to Be Tied

The key elements: Peak lapel suits, glasses, clean white shirts, and a floppy silk bow tie.

The message: With Elbaz's signature look, the bow tie is everything — even though he can't actually tie a bow tie himself. Instead, his silk bows, which usually telegraph a sense of formality, are attached to elastic bands that fit underneath his shirt collars. It says former artistic director of Lanvin is formal, but he likes to party.