March 15, 2007
End Ties

Few things offer more convincing proof that the end times actually are coming than a romp through the Fashion and Style section of the Times itself, from which this comes:

And James Kendi, a Brooklyn tie designer whose dagger-shape bandanna and buffalo plaid ties are worn by Mr. Famighetti (not to mention Justin Timberlake), sees his neckwear as part of a way of life — a goofy albeit style-conscious one best portrayed in a video on his Web site ( of a lanky guy in a striped tie dancing on a bed to Serge Gainsbourg’s “Sea, Sex and Sun.”

But what about Mr. More Ordinary? Can he wear a cheeky tie and not look clownish? The answer is yes. But Matthew Edelstein, the fashion editor of Details magazine, cautions: “It’s important to keep the rest of your styling subtle. Pairing an unusual tie with an equally statement-making look could make you appear as if you’d recently escaped from the mental ward.”


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 15, 2007 01:51 PM
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Those skinny ties were popular back in the 1950s. I have pictures of my late father wearing them. The only thing uglier was those huge wide jobs that we wore in the 70s, which was pretty much the all-time low point for mens' and womens' fashions in America.

Posted by: Red Tide on March 16, 2007 4:59 PM
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