Ah, so it was your tie.
BTW, UrbanComposition, is that a Kent Wang "Great Wave" hanky? I'm really having a hard time using it, perhaps because I always tend to show the white and blue parts and that's too matchy with my usual ensembles. Maybe showing more of the cream parts, as you do (if yours happens to be that hank), would make it more suitable.
All the above posters are right, the tie is no bueno and a brand name doesn't guarantee quality. However more can be said:
1) The tie is two ties. Look at the pattern you have a rep stripe imposed over a geometric pattern. Both patterns individually could be a separate tie and should be. This is kind like the tie equivalent of the dreaded hybrid shoe. (ex:http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1951_1_40000000001_-1) Trying to be two things at once hardly ever works.
2) The tie is too busy.You might be able to tell just by looking at it which is probably why the posters above dismissed it out of hand and assumed that merely drawing attention to it would be enough to dismiss it. However for those working in environments where a tie is outstanding merely for being a tie, and where the quality of construction and material in a Paul Smith tie lends it a more sophisticated air than the crumpled florescent red rag bought at khols the ability to recognize what is off about the tie will be understandably unexercised. If you look at the geometric pattern, ignoring the rep stripe imposed on it all together you will notice a few signs of a tie that is too busy.
a. The basic unit of the pattern, the square shape formed by the lines, is rather large, the larger a pattern is the more distracting it is, and also, generally speaking, less formal.
b. There are 'lines' going in all directions. The aformentioned squares create lines going vertical and horizontal. This is just fine. The squares also create lines going left diagonally and going right diagonally. Alone these are great but together they create confusion. The eye does not know where to go but knows the pattern is instructing it somewhere. Ideally a good tie will have a more sedate (don't read sedate as boring) pattern all owing the eye to follow up the slant of the tie towards your face.
c. The tie is an optical illusion. Literally. The vertical-horizontal square and the the diagonal square compete to be seen as the true pattern. The split-second it takes to force orientation upon the tie is disorienting. (And remember, this is even before we take the rep stripe into account).
3) Faded black and gold looks drab against a grey suit. There is neither an enlivening brightness or a rich depth of a darker shade. I don't mean you need to add buckets of color to a grey business suit, but I'd venture that even a navy grenadine would add a freshness that this tie, for all its silken luster is lacking.
1) The tie should only have one pattern.
2) The dominant pattern in the tie is too busy.
3) The color scheme is drab (and you should try a navy grenadine).