Saint Laurent’s Bow Ties

Before this conversation continues, or rather starts, you should know that the fundamental problem with alcohol consumption is the material object consumption that tends to mirror it: the loss of fiscal inhibition that comes in the wake of seeing something as easy to replicate as a chiffon bow tie, masquerading itself as indelibly worth all $390 being asked for it and what finds me here today, the proud owner of said bow tie but ruefully, too, $426 dollars in deficit.

I have been effusive about trying to replicate (the key word here was replicate) a detail from Hedi Slimane’s first womenswear collection for Saint Laurent.

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And though there is certainly a sense of je ne sais swagger tethered to participating in the exaggerated bow-tie that comes directly from Saint Laurent, which is also the approximation of an old trend that harkens back to the essence of Mr. Saint Laurent’s style in a way that has been seemingly overlooked by critics, I also understand that the price tag tethered to the subjective objets d’art is polarizing.

For context, bear this in mind: You can get the smaller silk chiffon version, (in beige or black) replete with skinny leather snap back for $390 (there’s also a leather version that comes for $595) or a polka-dotted piece of what I can imagine to be the best quality ribbon there is, which you’re instructed to tie yourself for $295.

So, if you, like me, have wanted to start wearing grandiose, Alber Elbaz-style bow ties on steroids, why don’t you high tail it over to Amazon, buy a yard or two or three or 25 of black chiffon and take the fate of your imminently future style cues into your own hands with a DIY that seems impossible to screw up.

It won’t be exact, obviously, but who’s to say there is absolutely anything wrong with that?