When awards season arrives, fashion observers are watching eagle-eyed to see who the actresses will be wearing on the red carpet. Overlooked, the gentleman that escort them or attend on their own account, usually avoid getting asked about their fashion choices, but that doesn’t make them any less important. True fashion experts have spotted one very big appearance on the red carpets of film festivals and award ceremonies - and it’s a little something unnoticed by many. The droopy bow tie.
Yes, this small but stylish accessory has become the shape of choice for gentlemen wearing black tie fashion. Correctly called the Large Evening shape, this heritage style of bow tie was revived by the likes of Tom Ford and Lanvin, and has shown no signs of slowing down.
A favourite for Justin Timberlake, the large evening bow tie has been worn by everyone from Tom Hanks to LeBron James to Harry Styles.
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So why has it become the must-have shape of neckwear? Well, after a lot of effort from designer brands to get men to adopt this unconventional look over the usual standard shape, the large evening bow tie was finally embraced by Hollywood’s finest. The droopiness of the shape creates a vintage floppy look that creates new silhouettes, texture and style.