In one of those rare coincidences that make life marginally more interesting than it would be otherwise, I have been working my way through Glenn O'Brien's book (he writes the Style Guy column for GQ), How to Be a Man: A Guide to Style and Behavior for the Modern ... (there may be more to the title but that is all that fits in the allotted space on my Kindle software), and, while researching a piece on contemporary black tie, came across the photo of Mr. O'Brien (right) with artist Rob Pruitt at the Guggenheim's 2010 Art Awards. Pruitt is immaculately turned out, but O'Brien you may notice is wearing a striped bow tie.
In his book's section on dressing formally, he makes the point that "Black tie means you have to wear a tie. And it should be black. Duh."
And so my question for the Style Guy is, is a tie with white stripes black?
Photo: Roger Kisby