- Aug 27, 2002
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I'm a bit curious to know what you think of bowties. Very few people wear them, would you/do you? Are they whimsical and fun, ridiculous, stuffy...?
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OK, I know it's a droll troll, but I have to have my little anti-rant:Hopefully, the current mini-boom, no doubt initiated by some clever marketing folks, for "bespoke" and traditional clothing, which is encouraging an obsession for hand-canvassed suit-fronts and other such "discreet" luxuries, will pass into history.
Does the origin of the suit really matter now? I'm all for people knowing their history, but it doesn't change the present-day reality in which the suit has been elevated to a status once occupied by now-obsolete garments. Consequently, there's no reason not to elevate the tailoring and materials to match.I wish people would read a little more fashion history and realize that the suit we consider the height of sartorial achievement was originally just casualwear (the jeans and t-shirts of their day, gasp.), that it became readily accessible because of the advent of *machine made* clothing and that it became a mainstay of the male wardrobe primarily as a result of the democratization of society.
Granted, there's always a value to sticking pins in the self-inflated. Since institutions like the Robb Report exist solely for the anointed few to celebrate their own wealth while tauntingly dangling their shiny baubles just out of reach of the many, I'm all for taking them down. If that necessitates slicing and dicing some Borrelli and Barbera, so be it.Too much reverence can be a bad thing.Â Mess up your Kiton shirts. Give a bit of a f*ck you to Ciro Paone and the editors at the Robb Report and their unabashed worship of the aristocracy. The future belongs to Hedi Slimane and Yohji Yamamoto and Martin Margiela, and to some young buck in his little studio in East L.A.