Esquire’s Art Director David McKendrick and Style Editor Mansel Fletcher have both bowled into the office this week sporting rather fetching blue and white bow ties. After the wisecracks ran out (‘Foul… and a miss’, 'Where’s the button to make it twirl?’, etc) it got us thinking about the greatest bow tie wearers of all time:
1 Karl Marx Skew-whiff bow tie matched skew politics which, sadly for the citizens of the eastern bloc, were not also kept hidden under a beard you could grow a tomato plant in.
2 Robin Day Floppy spotted bow worked like a truth serum on MPs under interrogation. Sadly it didn’t work on Anna Ford who repelled the notoriously ‘party-handed’ broadcaster’s advances by shoving him into a bush.
3 Count Duckula The British-made vegetarian vampire was a clear rip-off of his more famous Hollywood cousin and despite his lank hair was something of a dandy, never being seen out without his trademark red bow tie.
4 Sir Winston Churchill Scientists claim it’s impossible to spill food down a bow tie - important for a man who wrote to the Rationing Committee complaining about proposed cuts to his customary two whole chickens and bottle of Bolly breakfast.
5 Tony Meo (far left) Matchroom's green baize maestro with the twitchy middle digit, erstwhile Chas’n’Dave collaborator and a man whose name it’s impossible to say without effecting an Ulster accent and uttering “Thir-tayne… and the frame.”