Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Today's tie looks like it could be Gene Meyer's take on the diagonal brocaded ties of the 70s, though it's from Italian maker Milano. The row right in the middle that resembles an Islamic arcade takes the design one step beyond pure abstraction. This is another pre-blog favorite that I am happy to wear again at long last.
Here is an old favorite from the pre-blog days, which I have deigned to wear a second time so I can share it with you, Dear Reader. (Though this Ungaro tie actually got a mention in one of my early posts.) I think it looks quite festive with the pattern's resemblance to balloons or flowers.
Astute observers who know of my love for "overlaid stencil" patterns will need just a brief glimpse of this Enrico Capucci tie to guess (correctly) that it's one of my favorites. There are overlapping shapes in cream, brown, and gold, with balancing black space between them in a mod lattice pattern. The shapes themselves are not quite figural, but suggest birds, candles, or haloed saints. Underneath all that is a floral pattern woven into the silk jacquard. I-love-it-I-love-it-I-love-it! I'll not part with this one.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Here is a nice stylized botanical pattern on a "Swing" brand tie, made in the U.S.A. of Italian silk. If the colors would be bolder this would be a standout tie (I have already punched them up a little in GIMP), but their relative dullness makes this a "B" tie at best.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
I am a sucker for cutout patterns that reveal other patterns beneath, like the waves and underlying stripes on this monstrous-sized Juka Spitzenklasse tie of "Dralon 100% Polyacryl." The use of "Spitzenklasse" (top class) indicates a German origin; the use of polyester in such a voluminous amount indicates a 1970-ish vintage.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Even though there is just as much lavender as there is green in this vintage Pierre Cavet tie, now that I see the picture it is evident that the green stands out more and I should have worn it with a green shirt. I'll have to remember that when this tie comes back to the front of the queue in 2015 or so.