Our internet friend Monica wrote to us:
Love your blog dearly! Some friends and I have been invited to an outdoor arts gala, and the style of dress is “California Black Tie.” I can’t find examples online of what this would mean. Would you kindly enlighten us?
It turns out that neither I, nor Plumcake, nor the esteemed Manolo have the tiniest clue as to what this means, and indeed a Google search was not very helpful. In her own inimitable style, Plumcake suggested that Monica try wearing “a ball gown and mouse ears.” I, Francesca, am not sure whether “California Black Tie” means, perhaps, “slightly more casual than Black Tie” — in which case “formal” or “semi-formal” would have been more clear — or whether perhaps “California Black Tie” is a euphemism for “casual,” rather like the way “Bronx marble” means “linoleum,” a fact I learned from watching CSI:NY.
If any other of you, our internet friends, could help Monica dress appropriately for her arts gala, I’m sure she would appreciate the help in clearing up this mystery.