Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The designs on this wide polyester tie from Rooster resemble the cartoonish "technical" markings that master album-cover designers Hipgnosis overlaid on a lot of their cover photographs (e.g. Brand X's Moroccan Roll). (By the way, that is the late, great musician and Hipgnosis partner Peter Christopherson himself on that album cover; see For the Love of Vinyl for the story behind it.)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Children think it's a plaid tie, while adults think it's polka-dotted. Imagine the mischief I could get up to in this tie, casually draping an arm across my chest when a witness describes the miscreant as a man in a polka-dotted tie, buttoning my blazer when another witness swears it was a man in a plaid tie. Como Fashion has produced the perfect tie for a locked room mystery. (Though I admit its aesthetic quality is rather poor.)
Batik Winotosastro is a family business based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, founded in 1934. They continue to produce batik fabrics using the traditional wax-resist method, but businesswise they are distinctly modern: they have a Twitter account and their own hotel. I mention all this because that's who made this tie.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
The silk in this tie (VR by Vito Rufolo) is so texturally-woven that it's almost a mesh in places, which makes it difficult to get into focus with a run-of-the-mill digital camera. You have to see it in person for better clarity. The pattern is generic enough that it could pass for "modern" any time in the last 50 years, and may even do so for another 50... We'll see.
Even stodgy Robert Talbott. This pattern is actually rather ingenious, as it can pass for tribal, kitsch (a la Kenny Scharf), urban, or even art nouveau by virtue of the tiled background. Maybe even gore: is that an intestine?