The lobby of the Ace Hotel was even more crowded than usual on Thursday evening when GQ and the CFDA presented the six nominees for their annual Best New Menswear Designer in America award. Alexander Wang would win the title—and the $50,000 prize and a collaboration with Dockers—the next day. As the room reached capacity, models dressed in selections from each designer’s F/W 11 collections stood, slouched, and squatted on the room’s battered couches and coffee tables. Patrik Ervell’s crisp suiting and sharp tailoring formed an odd couple with the post-prep designs by Gant by Michael Bastian, while Riviera Club and Miller’s Oath demonstrated very different takes on the history of American design. Warriors of Radness and designer’s Rick Klotz band of surf-inspired misfits had their own spot on the floor. Kid Cudi, Jessica Alba, Aziz Ansari, Penn Badgley and Kanye West were on hand to fête the rising labels.
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