A Google image search for "Creative Black Tie" yields an utterly cringe-inducing set of results, showing that tinkering with the formula is fraught even for those with high-priced celebrity stylists at their disposal. Fortunately there is already a tradition of injecting some colour and texture into holiday occasion attire via tartan in general and Black Watch in particular. The idea of course is to limit it to a single piece and combine it strictly with black and white. Shown left to right: Antonio Ciongoli (via The Trad). Sartoria Rossi. Polo Ralph Lauren.