The bow tie, once regulated to strict preppies and conservative college professors, has exploded into a men’s fashion staple over the past few years…and it shows no sign of waning. This simple rectangle of fabric, tied into a bowknot, can add a jolt of personality to any gentlemen’s wardrobe.
Above: A playful display of Laurent Desgrange’s exuberant bow ties in a smorgasbord of colors, shapes and sizes.
French designer, Laurent Desgrange, has been pushing the boundaries of the traditional bow tie (albeit the clip on bow tie) with some wit and panache for the past few years...and he doesn’t disappoint with his look book for Spring/Summer 2011.
Mr. Desgrange playfully experiments with the scale of the bow tie.
And he even elevates a sneaker with playful bows.
Of course Mr. Peacock adores the toile shirt (which will be available in blue and red).
You don’t have to wait until next spring to wear one of Mr. Desgrange's hand made bow ties.
This dark blue satin tie, with tiny bead detailing, would be chic for summer weddings.
And I love this black & white houndstooth “origami” tie.
Each tie comes with satin ribbon and a clip—so you can wear it however you prefer. They’re not just for the gents either; the ladies can wear them as a belt, headband, or hair clip.
Admittedly, Mr. Desgranges daring use of bow ties might not suit every gentleman peacock, however, his exquisite shapes and fabrics will seduce even the most conservative of old-school bow tie aficionados.