Black-tie inspiration from Antonio Banderas

If you are looking for inspiration for your next black-tie event, look no further than the red carpet at the 84th Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday (February 26) in Los Angeles.

While the bow tie is usually a fashion necessity at the film industry's biggest night of the year, actor Antonio Banderas made a minor break with tradition and instead opted for a sleek black necktie.

A unique tie can be a great way to stand out from the crowd - especially at an event like the Oscars - but you might want to follow Banderas' lead and opt for something subtly stylish and different, rather than a loud or overwhelming accessory.

Another option for black tie fashion is to co-ordinate your neckwear with your date's dress. Antonio Banderas' wife Melanie Griffith looked elegant on his arm in a black dress - but if your lady prefers more vibrant hues, you may have a challenge finding a store-bought tie to match.

For a special occasion, you may instead wish to opt for a custom tie ordered online. These can be crafted in a huge range of colours and styles, so you are bound to find one that is perfect for your event.