Ties galore

ZODIAC TIES: Pick one for your star sign.  

FROM A medieval protection against viruses to the neckwear that captures the mind space of recruiters today, ties have come of age as the most sought after men's accessory for that astute look.

While fashion historians predicted their demise as an element of a man's attire with no obvious function, business leaders and the young executives following suit, elevated ties as the ticket to the boardroom. As for its aesthetic appeal, ties add a sense of luxury, richness, colour and texture to the austerity of the dress - shirt and business suit.

"Judging by the global trend today one observes that people are going back to formals. And from a formal navy blue tie with stripes, today the discerning consumer has equal number of regular and club ties in his wardrobe. Men's fashion has increased by leaps and bounds. Now people are looking for variety and the mantra is `get noticed'," says Sandeep Ganapathy, retail operations manager, Madura Garments on the trends in ties at the Tie Festival (being held till January 16) from Madura Garments, offering over 5000 options .

GO BOLD: The solids collection.

GO BOLD: The solids collection.  

Featuring in the festival is an array of ties such as sports-based ties for golf and cricket enthusiasts, those with zodiac signs for the astrologically inclined, ties for corporate cocktails and club wear and more. Priced between Rs. 395 and Rs.1,695, ties in silk, brocade and polyester can be found in various brands such as Allen Solly ties in solids to go with check shirts, designer pieces from DKNY and YSL, the Shibori tie-and-dye masterpieces from Japan, fun ties featuring Casper and Simpsons to those in vivid tones.

`You should view your suit like a picture frame enclosing your individuality communicated by your necktie,' say people buying ties. Choose one based on colour, design, and quality -- read soft.

Drape the tie across your wrist and let it hang down as it would from your neck.

It should drop straight down without twisting. Check the back of the wide side of the tie for the bar tack -- the short horizontal thread that keeps the two sides of the tie together. It should not show signs of stressing the fabric around it.

And choose a tie that conveys what you want to communicate. Stripes, and neat patterns are good for traditional interviews. A `neat' tie is one that repeats a small icon.

Abstracts and `conversationals' are for marketing and advertising GDs, while the electron microscope images and pop icons are best worn at informal dos.

And if your looking for ties as the formal office wear to being a funky party accessory, the Tie Festival is your best bet for the season. Check at the following venues in the twin cities - Planet Fashion (opposite Grammar School, Abids, tel: 55666145) Trouser Town, MPM Mall, Abids (tel: 55786789), Trouser Town, White House (adjacent to LifeStyle, Begumpet, tel: 55625090 ), Van Heusen Showroom, Somajiguda (tel: 6820733) Van Heusen Showroom, Parklane (tel: 27812423) and Peter England Megastore, Parklane (27818639).

Apart from choosing the tie with a little help from the in-house consultants here, one can learn to get the knot right as well. Check out the fest for some interesting knotty stuff.