Last night’s CFDA event was quite different from the others. Why you may ask? It was all about the men! In honor of Robert Bryan’s new book, American Fashion Menswear by Assouline, a plethora of male designers, editors, and menswear VIPs piled into the Ace Hotel lobby in celebration of all things manly including the Yankees game and the mayoral race.
As Robert Bryan took a seat to sign some books, he professed his excitement about the Yankees: “I’m simply on pins and needles,” he exclaimed. Then with a sigh he fessed up, “actually more like pinstripes and needles.” Stan Williams came over to congratulate Robert, exclaiming, “Your book costs double than mine, but I bought it anyways!” He received the evening’s finest John Hancock for his support.
Rag & Bone’s David Neville was tucked in a corner with his partner in crime, Marcus Wainwright, discussing a restyling of Mayor Bloomberg’s wardrobe. “He needs some cleaner lines, I think his lapels are a little wide. Bloomberg is a modern man, so now he needs to dress like it.” Well said. Bloomberg are you listening?
Seth Howard, the new editor of the evening’s sponsor Gilt Man, claimed that the most masculine thing he’d bought recently was “Toilet paper!” Keenan Duffty and his wife Nancy countered with a purchase of sculpting clay because he is “making miniature figurines of fashion superheroes.” Stay tuned!
The girliest of girls, Erin Fetherston, was far from a fish out of water in this mix of mad men, plaid hounds and bow ties. “Hello! It’s where every girl should be. The ratio is amazing,” she giggled. How right she was.