Orange Is the New Black Stars Design Bow Ties for Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Line
Jesse Tyler Ferguson never lets us down with his Tie The Knot collaborations. First, he made a limited-edition Tony Award star-studded bow tie; next he came up with a “Bryan Cranston” style (featuring Cranston’s alter ego Walter White’s iconic fedora and shades) and now he’s teaming up with the ladies from Orange Is the New Black for three new designs.
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Lea Delaria (who plays Big Boo), Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes) and Kate Mulgrew (Red) all pitched in to create bow ties for Ferguson’s line, which raises funds for the fight for LGBTQ marriage equality. Their designs are part of a 15-piece launch set to coincide with the Supreme Court hearing about the issue.
Delaria, 56, who is engaged to fashion editor Chelsea Fairless, gave PEOPLE some insight into her design. “Since my fiancée works in fashion, I asked her to help me with the concept. We considered a screwdriver because of the obvious tie-in with the show but we ultimately chose a ’50s pin-up girl—which is much more me,” she says, adding that the look she’d be communicating if she wear one is “that I am a dapper butch.”
Mulgrew, on the other hand, drew her inspiration “for the design’s texture was from a papier-mâché chicken that I have at my apartment.”
Ferguson and his husband, Justin Mikita, created the stylish neckwear line in 2012 to raise awareness for LGBTQ equality, and it’s been spotted on A-listers ever since. “It’s just a fun way to spruce up an outfit,” Ferguson told PEOPLE at the Tie the Knot launch party in 2012. “Men don’t get fun, exciting things to wear.”
Check the designs out on TheTieBar.com Monday (it’s the only place you can get the Tie the Knot collection!) and in the meantime, tell us: Which one is your favorite?
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