Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Media Oasis-West 45th Street, NYC


Words, Images Judith Ecochard/

Right off the elevator into a stark white presentation space, we got it---

…the first impression of all these lined up mannequins attired in Miguel Antoinne’s Fall 2010 RTW… screamed ‘guys would actually wear this.’


And of course a quick glance at the metallic color palette…dark shades on fabrics ranging from matte to shiny, added to that feeling that these are signature, classic pieces of menswear--- with edge.

I focused on modernity from industrial elements….and like building and structure are decorated…the human body is the structure,” explained Miguel Antoinne, the young designer who has had a line of his own since 2008.

There is the interesting play on long (shirts, exaggerated pockets), and short---as in the above pictured cropped jacket. And “everything is multi-functional, and can be paired with anything.

Because, realistically, who has time to plan out individual outfits.

A fully lined trench--- 

This is for guys who are comfortable making a statement…and “for more the modern guy who is moving from suits to something more casual.”

A high collar on a  black shirt with pleated sleeves- pictured below on the left reminds us of how guys dress in ties required.

One of our fav separates is this leather jacket, very stylish with exposed shearling, cut in a modern motorcycle mode. (On the right)... paired with tapered trousers bumped up via exaggerated pockets.

Antoinne made a point of “shattering the idea that outerwear is not just to keep you warm.”

Here he plays with hard/soft textures that are functional too…and with a dose of military swagger.

Another great jacket----this ultrasuede motorcycle …with an off center zip for individual style.

We admired the details, liked ribbed cuffs, lined outer garments…

Cobweb pullover--- makes a great travel pieces. And again, the details---here in ribbed cuffs.

A terrific puffy motorcycle…silk lined, with functional pockets and leather edges.

Vests continue to sell well…and Miguel Antoinne serves up a handsome leather one---with raw edges-in shearling ---for Fall.

And the lean turtleneck top …a clean line…and is what we call ‘a keeper.’

And who is the man that buys this line?

This guy is a collector…it’s not about trend…this guy can take it out and wear it forever”

And we say…”contemporary flair for the cool.

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