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Monday, October 10, 2005

Plum crazy

This plum-colored shirt from Jos. A Bank (Maryland-based, just like me) has always been difficult to match; with ties, with pants, with anything. A female acquaintance of mine once put together a stunning ensemble around it for me, featuring blue pants and a blue tie with plum accents by... hmmm... Ungaro, I think it was. That woman is now known the world over as... Mrs. Burl Veneer! But I digress. This tie is from Christian Dior, whose website has too many popups to merit a link here. According to the indispensible Wikipedia, Dior headed his fashion house for only ten years, from its inception in 1947 until his untimely death in 1957. This tie doesn't go back that far, but the shapes on it look like art deco buttons or brooches that may have been around back then. As for the background, I'm not too crazy about the airbrushed look; that's fine for motorcycle gas tanks, van murals, and album covers, but not ties. But variety is the spice of life, so here is my airbrushed-background tie with colorful square art deco buttons on it that more or less matches a plum-colored shirt. Do you have one? (Do you want this one?)

Christian Dior Perfumes is now owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy - Louis Vuitton, a holding company that also owns just about every other luxury couturier, odorier, and liquorier you can think of. But at least someone is keeping the fantastic Emilio Pucci brand alive!

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