Last time I was in London I went to a Pony-Step party and took full advantage of the opportunity to dress like an outrageous circus tart. With a guest list including Beth Ditto from the Gossip, it was anything goes and so I wore: sequinned
knickers hot pants, pony hair shoes, a sleeveless white shirt, and tied it all up at the neck with a lovely little black ribbon. I fit right in amongst the dudes in drag (one in a pair of red running shorts) and shirtless, leather-trousered artists. Since then the bow tie has stuck around, peaking in mexican-wave type ripples across the fashion world from time to time.
Well, the wave has hit again – everyone’s doing it! My go-to girls for trend inspiration and confirmation, Diane Kruger and Chloe Sevigny, owned the look late last year. Early adopter Alexa Chung and Vogue Nippon fash ed Anna Dello Russo are all over it like a rash; Abbey Lee donned one for Dazed and Confused; Beyonce loves it; and Karl Lagerfeld is running the bow tie in the Chanel Cruise SS12 accessories range.
BEST WAY TO WEAR – your man’s bow tie with a crisp white shirt and shorts a la Kruger or, for softer styling, take a nice big piece of satin ribbon and tie it in a droopy bow at the collar.