Randee St. Nicholas
Maybe the Southern California mans aversion to neckwear will abate now that the offending article has been narrowed, constricted and made almost syringe-like in size. At the fall shows, Ralph Lauren paired a slender tie with jeans and a blazer, as well as with Wall Street-esque tweeds and pinstripes. Givenchy knotted ties underneath sweater vests, bombers and overcoats. Kim Jones turned one model into the Michelin Man, with an isthmus of a tie made from quilted nylon. Brian Canning, who sings and strums for the inde-rock group Irving, dons a Band of Outsider silver model. Knot bad.