Thursday, 22 July 2010

Skinny Tie, Kipper Tie or No Tie At All?

I was recently asked what would be the fashion fabrics for ties this Autumn, well it's not so much about fabric as width, though tweed ties will be popular. I have noticed recently that when looking down at my tie it has appeared too broad so I asked my tie maker to make me something a little narrower. I'm not talking skinny, too boy band, just a subtle shift.

Ties have generally been going through a difficult period due to the dress down phase. Which reminds me of the time when I made a reservation for lunch at Wiltons fish restaurant in Jermyn St - a pleasingly unfashionable eatery. I was informed when making the booking that gentlemen were no longer required to wear ties - so being of a subversive nature I decided that I would of course wear one. When I arrived I noted that every man dining there had blatantly disregarded the new relaxed dress code and to a man were dressed appropriately in ties; my fish that day was more delicious than ever before.

Talking of fish, many years ago I was fortunate to meet Mr Fish, the flamboyant and wildly eccentric fashion designer credited with inventing the Kipper tie. A hugely wide tie that was fashionable in the late 1960s and early 70s, a moment of optimism, which leads me to believe that the narrow tie is indicative of the times we now live in, a more austere world which requires that we dress more formally. But am I being narrow minded? Are Kipper ties are just around the corner, perhaps?

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