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Purple power: Stylish gent takes cues from party invitation in determing what to wear

Purple power: Stylish gent takes sartorial cues from party invitation

News, Shelby, Style File, March 2015, Milton Townsend
The Ralph Lauren, Purple Label, blazer was starting point for this ensemble. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Milton Townsend with Rebekah Johnson at the Hermann Park Conservancy's "Hats in the Park" luncheon. Rebekah Johnson , Milton Townsend Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
11, Houston Society for the Performing Arts luncheon, October 2012, June Christensen, Milton Townsend
June Christensen and Milton Townsend at the Society for the Performing Arts luncheon.  June Christensen , Milton Townsend Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
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Milton Townsend at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Auction.  Milton Townsend Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Opening night in New York, Jackson Hicks, Margaret Tudor, Milton Townsend, 2013
Milton Townsend looked resplendent in a blue tux at an opening night opera event in New York. Photo by © Julie Skarratt
News, Shelby, Style File, March 2015, Milton Townsend
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11, Houston Society for the Performing Arts luncheon, October 2012, June Christensen, Milton Townsend
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News, Shelby, Opening night in New York, Jackson Hicks, Margaret Tudor, Milton Townsend, 2013

Of all the fashionable gents and ladies gathered for afternoon tea at the home of Jackson Hicks and Milton Townsend, none better captured the spirit of the genteel gathering than Milton. He was a vision in shades of lavender.

Known for his sartorial creativity, Milton on this day took a somewhat conservative approach in Ralph Lauren. Yet, he ramped up the look with the color scheme.

"This look came together because of the font on the invitation," he said. "The font was lavender and since I had a brand spanking never-been-worn-before-new purple jacket it seemed fitting that I wear it." 

He found the Ralph Lauren, Purple Label jacket at the Polo/Ralph Lauren store in the Galleria. The shirt was Hamilton Shirts and his purple tie was from Zara. Milton's slacks were Vivienne Westwood, a purchase made at the designer's shop in London. His YSL shoes were a find at the YSL shop in San Francisco. The sweet pea in his lapel was from the garden.

"I like to take cues from the party invitation as to what color I might wear. Invitations often give you clues to what the evening's color scheme or theme might be. But if the color scheme or theme is too obvious, then I go the opposite."

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