Knotwerk by Ritchie Po: Dior with Krasny Hourglass

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Shirt: Banana Republic; Pants: Zara; Belt: Alfani; Shoes: Johnston & Murphy; Watch: Citizen (Eco-Drive series)

The acclaimed fashion documentary Dior & I opens on a sinister note. All is quiet in the famed atelier’s Parisian headquarters, a hushed reverence settling over the opening. M. Dior may have passed under mysterious circumstances in the 1950s, but his influence over style has lasted throughout the second half of the twentieth century to today. Dior connotes classic chic, exuding a timeless taste. Even under the guidance of former minimalist Jil Sander designer Raf Simons, the classic style translated into Mr. Simons’s lines, creating a hybrid where the 50s aesthetic meets present-day minimalism. The opening of the long-awaited Dior boutique in downtown Vancouver will hopefully encourage more of us to shed our beloved yoga wear in favour of Parisian chic every so often.

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A venerable label requires a classic tie by the designer. This week I chose to present the Dior in a style that, like Mr. Simons, put a new spin on a previous form. The Krasny Hourglass knot, invented by Agree or Die – Krasny Knot’s founder Alex Krasny, starts with a basic Windsor knot, but it then takes a bit of a detour. Instead of starting with the long end past your belt buckle, start with it higher closer to the buckle as the Krasny Hourglass is accomplished using the little end. Once you’ve tied up the Windsor, take the longer-than-you-normally-use little end and loop it around the base of the knot: essentially, you’re looping the little end around the cravat below the knot and then tucking it in behind. The overall look is the Windsor but mirrored, with an hourglass effect that makes it look like your tie just got out the shower and had covered its nether regions.

This is a style that works well with just about any tie, creating a more defined shape that after the initial glance, invites a further look, for the devil is in the details.

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M. Dior would have approved.

Tie carefully, yours in knotwerk,

Ritchie Po
IG: ritchie.po

(All photographs by Helen Siwak of THEClosetYVR)

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