Media Oasis-West 45th Street, NYC
AMERICAN MENSWEAR –HIP & WEARABLE
Words, Images Judith Ecochard/Lyramag.com
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 Berlin...no 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.”
FOR INFO including E-Commerce: MIGUEL ANTOINNE