Release Year: 1989
Costume Designer: Joe I. Tompkins
Who vs. Who: Quick (Eddie Murphy) vs. Vera (Della Reese)
If the setting is right, bow ties are a suitable way to avoid forming the perfect tie knot and staying classy. For example, say a big momma such as Della Reese wants to squash your ass like Eddie Murphy in the 1918-staged, pre-Prohibition-era comedy Harlem Nights. Granted, Big D is going to have her way regardless of a man's garments, but that's not the bow tie's fault.