The Age Of Reason

— Thu, 28th January 2010 —

GQ just named the six finalists in its 2010 “Best New Menswear Designers in America” competition. And the nominees are:

First, let me congratulate the contenders, and then GQ for recognizing those designers that have successfully shined in the current climate of restraint. Any FIT dropout can turn heads with decadent diamond-encrusted Day-Glo man-dresses, but it takes talent to do inspiring work within the limits of reality — and the male version of reality in particular. Based on these six standouts, men’s wear is heading in the right direction. A few years ago, for example, who’d have predicted that J. Crew would be leading a style revolution driven by a confident return to quality, value, and age-spanning design. My hat goes off. (The winner will named February 12.)

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