May 18, 1986 |
The maddening thing about wearing a bow tieis not that you must learn to tie it. It is having to answer what bow-tie wearers the world over know as The Two Questions: "Is that a clip-on?" "Why do you wear a bow tie?" The first question is beneath the dignity of the serious bow-tie connoisseur. The second is reasonable enough. Any man with a bow tie under his chin becomes an object of curiosity in a room full of four-in-hands (which is the proper name for the long tie).
January 30, 1999
I do not understand all the fuss about award shows, but the Golden Globes are the worst ("All's Fair in 'Love' and War," by Robert W. Welkos and Susan King, Jan. 25). Millions of dollars are spent presenting, receiving and televising these awards. Then more money is spent advertising the winners. The awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., an association of 82 members. Eighty-two! Breaking that down to a category with five nominees, an award could be "won" with 17(!
January 3, 2013 |
Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") and partner Justin Mikita have just added a new neck knot to their wildly successful month-and-a-half-old line of jaunty bow ties -- a formal style suitable for wedding wear. The couple launched their Tie the Knot line, a collaboration with Chicago-based neckwear and accessories e-tailer the Tie Bar, on Nov. 15, with all proceeds going to fund various groups fighting for marriage equality. The inaugural collection of 20 limited-edition ties, which benefited the group Human Rights Campaign sold out by early December.
December 21, 2008 |
Move over, ethnic scarf, the bow tie is making a comeback. The humble men's accessory holds up better than a skinny tie when paired with this season's rugged American looks -- plaid flannel sport coats, suspenders, tweed long jackets and cardigan sweaters. And it's got a rare sensibility that's been embraced by both the iconic (think Theodore Roosevelt, Malcolm X, John Houseman in "The Paper Chase") and the comic (Groucho Marx, Pee-wee Herman, George Burns).
September 25, 1996 |
It was the most fitting tribute that could be paid to retiring Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.), who always wears a bow tie. Just before a vote Tuesday, the Senate men stripped off their neckties and clipped on blue and white polka dot bow ties. The Senate women donned scarfs of the same color. "To say the senior senator from Illinois has influenced us all is an understatement," said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), after Simon walked in with a huge grin.
December 9, 2012 |
For holiday parties, today's sophisticated man can take a cue from runways and red carpets by choosing tuxedos for formal occasions or components thereof for more casual events. Fashion designers, obsessed as they are these days with all manner of tailored clothing and reinvigorated by a generation of young men who are wearing suits for the first time, have been busy reinventing the tux. Style-watchers got wind of the possibilities in 2011 when actor Ryan Gosling, justly celebrated for his red-carpet acumen, gave a one-two punch to tradition by appearing at Cannes in a sky-blue tuxedo for the premiere of "Drive" and a deep maroon counterpart two nights later (both by Salvatore Ferragamo)
November 13, 1987 |
This fall, men are showing just how far they can bend a black-tie invitation. And whatever their ideas of formal dinner suits may lack in tradition, they make up for in wit and whimsy. A toreador tux, a dress shirt with Dalmatians and a dog-bone bow tie, a sparkling silver muffler and a dinner ensemble mix of foulard prints once reserved for neckties are all out there, adding life to L.A. parties.
August 7, 1992 |
In 1904, men in the audience at La Scala in Milan, Italy, showed their admiration for Giacomo Puccini's new opera by donning "the Butterfly." Decades later, the white and starched "Bat Wing" paraded by Fred Astaire was as important a celluloid prop as his lacquered nightstick and top hat. And Sir Winston Churchill rallied "an outraged civilization" to war while donning his polka dot silk "Classic" . . . bow tie, of course.
January 14, 2013 |
In addition to the sartorial standouts that have become familiar to watchers of awards-show red carpets over the years (George Clooney and Jon Hamm, to name just two), there seemed to be a fresh crop of style-conscious (and in a couple of cases, -unconscious) guys who managed to make the standard-issue tuxedo an expression of individuality. Below are a couple notable looks -- at both ends of the spectrum: Hits Presenter Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation") looked particularly sharp in his slim, trim black Dior Homme single-button peak lapel tuxedo and black satin bow tie -- with just the perfect amount of white shirt cuff at the wrist.