Powerpoint is responsible for a lot of bureaucratic frustration, but the times it’s actually improved someone’s life can probably be counted on one hand. This would be one of those times.
Apparently Alexandra Carmichael has been tracking her personal patterns—including exercise, weight, pharmaceutical intake and sex—for four months in the interest of getting a handle on a few medical issues and learning more about herself. So far it’s all common sense stuff like eating more during bad moods and feeling better after Tai Chi workshops, but the possibilities are endless.
Our personal recommendation: tie in your wardrobe. A few years down the line, you may finally discover how you really feel about cardigans.
We love a good three-inch tie, but we’re closer to the end than the beginning on that look, and the Sovereign Beck folks—once the great hope for tie design—aren’t doing much to keep it alive. A plaid tie is still a plaid tie, and the collection isn’t bad at all—in fact, it's probably the most department-store-ready gear we've seen from them—but we had high hopes. Only the blue-green version on the right shows any signs of the Mathematica aesthetic that made their previous collections stand out.
On the bright side, they’re also holding a Holiday sale where you can get some of their vintage work for up to half off the usual price. So maybe we’ll cut them a little slack.
The death of the tie may be a little exaggerated, but stylistically, neckwear is definitely in a rut. Outside of the skinny/wide dichotomy and the increasing influence of the Britons, there isn’t a lot of new stuff happening. If the tie aisle is ever going to show us something we can’t find in a vintage store, someone is going to have to step up.