The Tuxedo & Dinner Suit

Have you been watching Downton Abbey and wondering why “Granny” thinks the men are too informal because they aren’t wearing a dinner jacket or a smoking jacket or whatever it is they are meant to be wearing? Well I am here to clear it up once and for all, to see what all the fuss is about and to determine the difference between all these jackets and suits! In conjunction with my last post about suit wearing, today I have chosen to fill you in on the Tuxedo and the Dinner suit.

 History of the Tuxedo/Dinner Suit

So what is the difference between the Tuxedo and the Dinner Suit. Surprisingly very little…  The Tuxedo is the American English version and the Dinner jacket  is the British English version – which is also known as the Dinner suit (yes, it is really as simple as that!). It is formal attire worn often at black tie, very fancy, or other important events. It is characterized by the satin or grosgrain facings on the jacket lapels and buttons. It also has a similar stripe along the outer seam of the trousers (down the side leg.)

Traditionally the suit is black or midnight blue in colour and worn with a formal button- up shirt, accessories and shoes. In Britain, a Tuxedo is actually considered to be the White Dinner Jacket.

The Dinner Jacket first surfaced in 1887 in the UK and then in 1889 in the USA.( Later in the 1960’s  it became associated with white or colored jackets in America).  At almost the same time, the Tuxedo appeared in 1888 in the USA. It gained its name from Tuxedo Park – a Hudson valley enclave for New York’s social elite.

 

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Old English Dinner Suit(Photo Source: mjbridal.file.wordpress.com); American Tuxedo (Photo Source: http://www.americantuxedo.com); Modern Dinner Jacket (Photo Source: http://www.montagio.com.au)

Characteristics of the Tuxedo/Dinner Suit

Single vs Doubled Breasted

Traditionally  the most formal version of the Dinner Jacket/Tuxedo is the single breasted jacket with one button. It allows the front of the jacket to be cut into a deep V shape (the idea is that it mimics the ideal male torso). This form of jacket is often worn unbuttoned and needs the exposed trouser waistband to be covered by a cummerbund or waistcoat.(see White Tuxedo photo above)

In the 1930’s the double breasted version became an alternative to the single breasted jacket. Today, both versions are  considered as formal. The double breasted jacket does however look more refined buttoned up and worn this way there is no need for a waistcoat or cummerbund. This type of jacket will also have 4  buttons.

 

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Double Vs Single Breasted (Photo Credit: Getty and Wireimage)

Peaked Lapel vs Shawl Collar  vs Notched Lapel

There are three types of lapel collars available on Tuxedos and Dinner Jackets. The peaked lapel was originally linked to the tailcoat and was traditionally considered the more formal design. The outward and upward sweep of the jacket is currently used to emphasize the height and shoulder width of the wearer.

The Shawl Collar was heavily influenced by the smoking jacket. It is softer in appearance and more angular and was originally considered less formal. However, it is one of the more popular choices for wearers in terms of today’s jackets .

The most popular style, nevertheless, is the Notched Lapel. It is derived from the lounge suit and originally was considered the more “fashion forward contemporary”appearance.

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Notch, Peak, and Shawl Lapel (photo source: http://www.tailormadelondon.com)

Vents

Traditionally the Dinner Jacket and Tuxedo had no vents but as fashion evolved, side vents subsequently appeared. This ensured the jacket was easier to move in and was therefore more versatile.  Traditionally it is considered inappropriate to have a single vented jacket, yet some mass produced lines now display them.

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Side Vents Photo Credit Ralph Lauren

 

Jacket Finishes

Lapel Facings 

A very distinctive trait of the Tuxedo/Dinner jacket is the decorative covering on the lapels- also known as ‘facing’. This is designed to emphasize the “v” shape and offers an elegant flair. Pure silk facings are considered the most desirable and the type of material used on the lapel will determine the material used for the bowtie and cummerbund. The suit facings are also typically black.

Lapel Buttonhole

All dinner jackets must have a working buttonhole on the left lapel.

Pockets

The hip pocket also known as the double-besomed jetted (slit) is understated to draw attention away from these pockets. Flap pockets are considered to be non-formal and inappropriate. The Jacket should also have a welt breast pocket to cater for a pocket handkerchief.

Buttons

There are 4 buttons on the sleeves of the jacket with their edges just touching. Most buttons will be covered in the lapel facing.

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Lapel Button Hole (Photo Source: Pinterest); Covered Satin Buttons (Photosource: http://www.myblacktieguide.com); Besom Pocket (Photo Source: http://www.mytuxedocatalogue.com).

 

 

Who would have thought there would be so much information surrounding a simple Tuxedo/ Dinner jacket! I hope this has helped clear up your key questions and provided some new information. Thus the next time you head into a suit shop you will be informed – you are ready-  and you will know exactly what you are after when purchasing a classy good ol’ Tux!

Let me know your Favourite Tuxedo/Dinner Jacket Look below…

 

Sources:

http://www.blacktieguide.com/Classic/Classic_Tuxedos.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_tie

21 tips and tricks of the Suit

Suits are a key item to every Man’s wardrobe. When they are tailored well and fitted correctly, they enhance your style, look and confidence.  There are so many suits out there as well as unwritten rules when it come to wearing a suit. So below are 21 tips and tricks to ensure you can purchase, wear and look great in your new suit, and ensure you are always looking tailored, suave and dapper.

 

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Tom Ford James Bond Collection. Photo Credit: Tom Ford

1. To add some distinctiveness to your look tailor you pants to sit a little shorter.

2. Never cut into the stitching of the suit pockets. If you do the pockets over time will cause the jacket to lose shape.

3. Traditionally visible stitches are a sign of a good suit. So depending on how much you want to spend it can be a good decision making point for you.

4. Always make sure your suit is tailored to fit you. There is nothing worse then a suit which doesn’t fit. This includes making any adjustments to lengths and hems and ensuring you have full range of motion.

 

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Photo Credit:www.yasmall.ae- Stitch in time Tailoring 

5. Italian suits are traditionally less structured and softer looking.

6. English suits are more tailored, sharp and are more defined suits.

7. It is key to have harmony and balance with your suit ensemble – Narrow shoulders and nipped waists will create a silhouette and a tailored look.

8. The suit jacket length should meet the first knuckle of your thumb. If the jacket is too short it can begin to make you look heavy in the middle.

9. Your pants should sit at your waist and not the hips. You should be able to fit one finger between your waistband and waist.

10. A tie bar is to never be wider than the tie.

11. A pocket square is a great way to create a visual anchor.

 

12. If you decide on not wearing a tie choose a smaller collared shirt.

13. Make sure you always undo your suit buttons when sitting.

14. Never Fasten the bottom button of any suit or Vest. (if you do there will be no shape and it will make you look very boxy).

15. When wearing a black suit keep the collar down.

16. It is always important to create your own sense of style and own it. Make it your uniform.

17. Your Cuff buttons should always be  buttoned.

18. When the suit jacket is buttoned you should be able to fit your fist between your chest and the fabric.

19. Your shirt sleeves should always show at least half an inch of the cuff when wearing your suit jacket.

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Photo Credit: Marks and Spencer SS 14 collection. Photographer Tomo Brejc

20. Gray suits (made with fabrics like cashmere and luxe wool) will always give you a timeless appeal.

21. A Soft Durable wool (around 120 yarn)is always a good option for a versatile suit.

So there we have it, 21 tips for you to swear by. Remember, there is nothing better than a good tailored suit so it is always important to take great care of it and always have some fun when you are styling your outfits.

The last European stop-Amsterdam

The last and final stop for our Europe trip was 5 days in Amsterdam. After a crazy long bus journey from Germany we arrived in the late afternoon at A random train station and headed into town to find Callums friends house- Mark and Julia a couple who he’d met in Asia a few years ago and who we’d spend the next 2 nights with. Once we arrived we weren’t awake for long and we all ended up going to bed fairly soon. The next morning we went and hired a bike and spent a lovely sunny day all cycling around Amsterdam city stopping at all the major landmarks. It was pretty cool to be able to ride everywhere and for it be so easy to on all the roads. The only scary part was when the low powered cars and scorers drove past you in the bike lanes. So not only do you have a hundred other people but a few scooters zooming by.

 

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In the centre we stopped off for some of Amsterdam’s best herring fish with some really yummy sauce it is apparently a Dutch tradition. We then headed back home cycling through Vondel park and what felt even busier than the roads. It was about lunch time so we snacked away before heading out again for a ride to a forest area and to the airport where Mark worked. It was a pretty cool cycle ride however I was feeling pretty shattered and had a sore bottom from the seat and also from falling down some stairs earlier in the day.

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That evening I had planned to meet up with one of my house mates from Sydney – Tessa and Jan who had come from the Hague to see me. We headed off for some Dutch-Surinamese food to a place I think called Waterkant. Suriname is a Dutch colony and apparently there is a fair bit of their culture mixed in with the Dutch. The food was delicious and I would highly recommend it. After dinner we wandered around the canals and stopped off for some tea/coffee. It was great to be able to catch up after so long.

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On Sunday we were checking into a hostel, where we somehow managed to get ridiculously lost walking away from the place for about half an hour. we finally arrived and ended up crashing into our room and spending the afternoon watching a movie on my phone after being able to get some good wifi. After a few movies we headed into China town to find some Asian cuisine and wander around. By Tuesday we decided we needed to go do some more sight seeing so we headed down to the Anne Frank museum. After waiting in line for almost two hours we made it in and were so glad we took the time to visit it. As many would have heard of the Diary of Anne Frank ,or even read it. So if your still lost I have some some quick facts to keep you up to speed. Anne was a Jewish girl whose family hid with another family for two years above her fathers factory in an annex during WW2 in the hope of surviving their persecution. Sadly in late 1943 they were betrayed by someone who today they are still not sure who it was and were arrested and taken to various concentrations camp. Unfortunately all of them died in particular Anne who passed away within months of the camp she was in being liberated. Her father was the only one to have survived. He preserved and published her diaries a few years after the war and allowed their house to made into a museum so as to preserve the memory of not only Anne but his family. It was very surreal to be in the very place she had described so often in her diary entries- from the rooms they shared to the way their lives were lived in fear. With little remnants of furniture and the like in the house (when they were arrested the Nazi’s took everything and Anne’s father wanted the rooms to be left empty to symbolize them being taken.) it made it eerily profound to be there, sad but also a very incredible experience. It would be one thing not to miss when in Amsterdam if you have the time. After the museum I had googled earlier a cafe called Pancakes Amsterdam which made gluten free pancakes..(excitement) So we were headed there for lunch. The pancakes did not disappoint with different flavours such as raspberry with camambet cheese they were a pretty good highlight for meals on our trip.

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Full to the brim on pancakes we decided to go out and walk around the canals and see the night life of Amsterdam as our last night it was definitely interesting to see all the various things that Amsterdam had. The next morning we had booked on a BA flight to London in the morning, with a short journey to the airport and a super short flight to London, it felt like BA was first class compared to many of the other airlines we often take when traveling on a budget so it was a nice way to end the trip. It’s funny that’s it’s the small things like that, which you appreciate when your on budget!
So whoever said you can’t do Europe on £1300 each for food and most accomindation/spending money, we managed to do
•1 continent
•7 weeks of travel
•7 countries
•Countless trains, buses, Airbnb’s, cathedrals and cities
•1 Vespa through Tuscany and 1 scooter in Croatia.
•A tomato festival, wine festival and Oktoberfest
•One sail trip.
•4 flights and…
•Countless awesome people met along the way. Our European adventure is finally finished and I can’t wait to go back to do even more next time.

5 days in Berlin and Cologne

Our next stop was Berlin where we were meeting up with some friends Mick and Sandra who Callum originally met in New Zealand and who we did some of Thailand with last year. We arrived late in the afternoon to Berlin Hbf and by chance ran into Mick before arranging somewhere to meet which was great! Our first night was catching up on the last year over some great sushi which was down the road from were they lived, followed by some yummy cocktails in a quirky bar.  The next day both Mick and Sandra took the day off work to take us around the city. We took a walk to the Berlin Wall as it was close, stopping in at one of the famous old school photo booths to get some fade proof picture. The only trouble was they didn’t quiet turn out. As we reached the wall it was a pretty incredible sight to see.

For those interested in some quick history on the wall it divided East and West Berlin from 1961-1989 and was created by the German Democratic Republic. The wall was erected to protect the East from the fascist beliefs of the west and undermining a socialist government. It was also used to stop the immigration and defection under communist rule. It was known as the “anti fascist protectionist wall”. Ultimately it was the East who suffered the most and out of the two sides was the poorer, which is reflective of the architecture and just the general feel of the east even today. Today only parts of the wall are left and most of it is covered in paintings and artworks from well known artists representing a memorial of freedom. It was really cool and interesting to see all the art works and the stories they were telling and just how powerful they were. Throughout the city there are also monuments inlaid to the ground which marks where the wall would have run throughout Berlin. We also found out in certain parts there were two walls erected leaving a gap like “no mans land” so people who made it over the wall would get stuck in there and would often be shot for trying to escape.

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In the afternoon we went and had some delicious Vietnamese and then wandered around the shopping area, coming across a great alley way with some awesome artworks and gallery, and then more into the centre where the cathedral was and some of the other famous monuments. Feeling exhausted (mainly me) we headed back home and ended up watching a movie and crashing. Some of the great things about Berlin making it one of my favorite cities was the artwork and the quality of the graffiti, the old vs the new and mix or culture along with lax city environment the Germans are definitely onto a good way of life!

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The next day Callum and I were originally off to Amsterdam but we decided last minute to take a detour to Cologne instead. As we had most of the day, we had a sleep in and decided to have another wander around Berlin. We jumped on one of the local buses and got to see most of the tourist sights including a Church which was bombed with the original parts still standing today and a modern recreation of it sourrounding it which was really interesting. We did a dash to see the Reichstag – a picture out the front and a run down to the Holocaust monument which is rows of blocks laid out in different sizes to represent the people who were killed WW2.

That finished our time in Berlin and we raced to the train station to get our train in time to Cologne. During the trip we managed to have two Air BnB cancel on us and we were super lucky with having one kind host who drove an hour to let us into his mini apartment at 11pm when we arrived. So far Cologne was boding well in our favour.

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Our first day in Cologne we decided to take a look around the city. We checked out the Cathedral which was incredible and we did a walk through the shopping district. In researching the place and things to do we discovered that the Gestapo prison head quarters for interrogation was now a museum and open for viewing. As we had missed out on seeing Dachau in Munich, we decided we would see what it was all about. The place had an erie sad feeling about it. With about 14 prison cells which were tiny. The people who were being held were accused of espionage against the German government and animist crimes. From Polish, French, Germans and Russians there were hundreds of inscriptions from prisoners on the walls of their time in the cells. Some were held in there for months, with no adequate food, bathroom facilities and often 33 people would be held in the cells at any one time. They also had a room where it was completely dark and the names of the 400 people who were executed in the prison courtyard were read out. All of the downstairs (the prison cells) had Dutch, German and English translations of the stories. Whilst upstairs- the rise and fall of the Hitler regime, was only in German and Dutch- which was a bit odd. It was still interesting though to see all the photographic history they had of that time and era and just how much of an impact Hitler had. We left the prison feeling a bit drained and headed home to have a nice night in.

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I had managed to book us bus tickets to Amsterdam the following day so the next day consisted on stuffing our faces with the incredible food at this place which was sort of like a buffet and then your food was weighed for the price. It worked out as a ridiculously good deal so we stocked up loads! After that we headed to the bus station to wait for our delayed bus followed by dreary traffic and a journey which took double the time to get to the Netherlands.

Oktoberfest day two – Part 2

Day two at Oktoberfest was a later start and we had paired up with two American guys to go to the Hofbräu-Festzelt hall which is the biggest on sight and also the most popular/ touristy. As the beer now started being poured at 10am and We had already experienced a full day before we took our time and arrived around 11:30am in the hope of finding a seat. Once inside the hall was decked out with hop and looked pretty awesome. We all managed to wriggle our way in between a group of German-Russians (I think) and some Swedish guys, which was a lot of fun. We ordered some steins and also some food. The day was fairly similar to the last, cheering, talking, beer drinking and enjoying ourselves. At some point we all decided to build a giant beer tower which came crashing down on me and one of the other guys making us saturated in beer! So if your not drinking it then I guess it’s only fair it ends up on instead.

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I then spent the next 40 mins in the bathroom trying to dry myself by the heater so as not to freeze. As late afternoon was approaching Callum and I headed off to have a wander outside to see what was on offer. There were loads of rides and was basically it was like a giant, giant Easter show! It was great seeing all the Germans in their traditional outfits and we also got to see some parade going past with loads of locals, bands and horses going past which was fun.

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Feeling exhausted we headed back to camp in time for dinner, where we saw the two Americans from earlier and ended up taking advantage of the free alcohol on offer from stoke and mingle with all the people from the camp which was a lot of fun. The night ending with the hope of getting up semi earlish for a train to Berlin the next day!

Opening day Oktoberfest part 1

We arrived into Munich in the evening and headed on our way to our camping accommindation with stoke travel yet again. By now having already done camping with them once and that it was pretty cold in Munich along with almost quadrupole the people attending then La Tomintina. We were not too keen on camping. However we sucked it up, waited in line for 3 hours and made some friends with some Americans some Aussies and of course a Kiwi. We were also handed out free beer as compensating for waiting so overall it was ok. After finally getting to our tent we grabbed some dinner and then fell into bed at about 10pm which turned out to be one of the loudest nights with barely no sleep. With a group of people chatting away next door till about 2am, then followed by two guys heavily arguing till about 3 am it was a fairly sleepless and interesting night.

We woke bright and early for the opening day of Oktoberfest at 6:30 am to get ready and get to the place arriving around 8:30-9am with Lizzie our new found Aussie friend.

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For those of you who want some fun facts of Oktoberfest, it is the biggest festival in the world, going on for 3 weeks. Originally back in the day I have been told there was a Princess who was married off and in celebration of the wedding the festival was created. At that time it was held in October however as it was too cold by then they moved it forward. So the first week and half is held in September with the tail end finishing up by the first week of October. We had been told that they were expecting around 1 million people on the opening day, and I could easily see that happening it got pretty packed- the best description I heard was it is like a Disneyland for adults: It has all the rides, you get to dress up and have a party for the sake of it all at the same
time, so what more could you want!

We wandered around a bit before heading into the Lowenbrau tent (one of 14 halls and popular with Aussies) to try and find a table. As today was the opening day, drinks weren’t being served till 12pm and people had been arriving since about 7am to bags themselves a table. As the rule stands if you don’t have a table you can’t be served food or drinks and a lot of the tables get snapped up or reserved and if you leave your seat it’s free game for anyone else to take it. After wandering around for a bit we saw some people we’d met the previous night and managed to secure a seat for 3 of us on their table – it was only 9:30am so we had a good few hours to kill doing nothing.

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Finally the countdown began to 12pm and the parade had passed outside (where the mayor officially cracks the first keg open) and then it all kicked off. We had our first drinks brought straight to us and by the bar maids who to their credit managed to carry about 10 steins across there two hands – all I can say is the German women must be pretty strong because one let alone 10
was heavy enough! Each beer hall is represented by their own beer so for the Lowenbrau tent we were served steins of Lowenbrau brew, with each stein costing about €11 (which is a lot for Europe) and with most of the bar-maids keeping your change for tips, you had to make sure you gave them the correct amount or as close as. Although if you don’t tip them they don’t come back to your table so it’s a really win lose situation for you either way. As we’d been up early we were all fairly hungry so we opted for some Pork Knuckle which was incredible and had the most amazing crackle on the top. The Germans certainly know how to cook their food and make good beer 🙂

Amongst everything people were jumping up on tables sculling their drinks and chanting away. A band was playing and they had a cheering song which would be constantly played and when it was, everyone grabbed their beers and began cheering away.

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At about 4:30pm we had had enough in the hall so headed out to wander around for a bit, however we ended up falling asleep instead on a bit of grass on the hill. We then decided it was time to head back to camp where we got into our tent and fell asleep.

Incredible Slovenia – Lake Bled

After two days recovering in split and doing absolutely nothing to try and regain sleep after our week sailing we headed off to a place called Lake Bled in Slovenia. It took a full day of traveling leaving Split at 8:30am and arriving into Bled at around 10:30pm. Upon arrival our hostel was not open and the reception was not even located where the rooms were, so we spent a good 40 mins in the rain trying to find a place that almost didn’t exist due to the bad directions from the hostel- on pure luck Callum walked into a building which happened to be where the rooms were and we found our way to the kitchen were our key was waiting on a table. We later found out we weren’t the only people who managed to get really lost finding the place either. The next day we woke to rain but decided to try and go for a walk after 3 attempts and almost getting drenched the sun finally came out and we took a leisurely stroll around the beautiful Lake of Bled. It was absolutely stunning, with crystal clear water and a Church on an island in the middle – it was beautiful. The sun stayed out for the rest of the day but in the end exhausted from all our travel we actually went back to bed and chilled out before finding some food for dinner.

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The next day we had organized to to the Vintgar Gorge in the Triglavski national park. Which was again incredible. It was a bit cold and miserable but the rapids and the walk through the gorge was definitely one not to miss. I was wiped out after being sick for now about 2 weeks I went to bed and Callum ventured off an a walk and run around the lake and up onto the cliffs. The 3rd day was a fully packed morning as we had booked canyoning- something I had heard about before we had arrived there and was told it was a ‘must do’ in the area along with a few other water sports like rafting, kayaking etc. So bright and early we took a bus 20 mins out of Bled where we got changed into ridiculous looking wetsuits and hiked for 15mins basically what felt vertical up hill to reach out first canyon’ sight. From there it involved a lot jumping slipping sliding, zip lining and a bit of abseiling down, around and through the canyon. The water was absolutely freezing but our trusty wetsuits managed to keep most of the chill off which was nice. Our afternoon was then followed by me staying in watching a movie and Callum venturing off and swimming to the island at the Lake, walking up to the view point and taking a run around the Lake- someone had a load of energy to burn even after a morning of Canyoning.

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The next day we jumped on a bus to the train station and then got on a train taking us to Munich via Salzburg (our initial plan had been to stay in Salzburg however accommodation was super expensive so we opted to stay in Bled longer and go there for an afternoon on our way to Munich) however along the route our plans were changed as no trains were going to Salzburg due to the migrant situation so instead we took a detour through the stunning Austrian mountains to Munich which turned out to be one of the best scenic journeys we’ve taken. With tiny little towns based amongst gigantic mountains, bright green grass and crystal clear rivers – it’s a shame a picture through a train window couldn’t capture its beauty.

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After about 7 hours on trains we arrived late afternoon in Munich-Ost station headed for 3 days camping for Oktoberfest.