Will you sign my yearbook? Jokes.
Best Dressed Athlete: Amare Stoudemire
We have seen Amare attack the boards, fashion editorials, and front row seats at NYFW this past year. My man knows how to work a red carpet and surely can rock a varsity stripe (see above.) Stoudemire is cognizant of how to dress for different occasions, which is a key to becoming a well-dressed gentleman. Along with that, the Knicks All-Star forward does not lack confidence. Confidence reigns supreme. OR as Amare would put it... #immortalswag
Best Dressed in Hollywood: Ryan Gosling
We all got smacked straight in the face with 'The Gos' in 2011. We watched his every move via Andrew Richdale and Mark Byrne on GQ's The Week In Style. He toyed with menswear editors at Cannes, giving us a midnight blue, black shawl tuxedo which was one of the best style moments of the year. Then Mr. Golsing followed it up with navy, trim fitting pajamas and a burgundy tuxedo with a black, satin lapel at the same festival. You got to be kidding me! Amazing. AND if you were wondering if his movie premiere supremacy reigned domestically? Check out this olive green number by Shipley & Halmos.
Best Dressed Musician: Paul Sevigny
Nightlife royalty? Fashion royalty? Check and check. When I used to rock out at The Beatrice Inn, always looked up to this guy. Still do. This shows that 'true style' is something that is inside of you forever.
Hottest Chick: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
We all want to wake up next to those eyes, both men and women included. Aside from working the runway at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Rosie has got her acting game in motion. Starring in Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the just the first step. Expect a lot more of this sultry sweetheart in 2012. And my goodness, this girl has legs for days!
Best Dressed Sports Team: Miami Heat
The Big 3 aka the NBA's villains have serious sartorial swagger. Wade and LeBron can be seen on the podium in anything from soccer warm-ups and tailored suiting to Hublot timepieces and piping on trench coats. LeBron even opened up his own menswear shop in Aventura, FL. Their dapper partner in crime, Chris Bosh knows a good tie bar when he sees one. The Georgia Tech alumni is never shy on the ESPY's red carpet either.
Best Dressed Movie Character: Winklevoss Twins (Armie Hammer) in Social Network
The Ivy League prep style out of the Winklevoss twins in Social Network was spectacular. The movies subject, along with Armie Hammer's set stylist was very transcendent of the times; social networking being at the forefront of the technology world and Americana Prep being at the forefront of the fashion world. It certainly does not hurt that Aaron Sorkin's flick had the greatest impact on our society, out of any box office movie this past year.
Album of the Year: Watch The Throne by Jay-Z & Kanye West
Last night was mad real. Shit was cray. Met a girl named Mary, Kate, and Ashley. What she order, fish fillet? The two hip hop moguls had us wondering what the black leather strap was for and if it was possible to ball so hard that people want to fine them? Luxury rap was born via snap-back hats, shout-outs to Hermes, Maison Martin Margiela, Rolex, Hublot, and a colossal tour that had more buzz than a Kardashian wedding.
HBO's badass show has badass style. Tweed on tweed on tweed - (sorry still on the Jay-Z Kanye excerpt.) Back to it for real, Harris Tweed, herringbone, shadow plaid, 3-piece suits don the set of Boardwalk Empire. This very well maybe the most significant TV show for menswear in this decade. The story lines and wardrobe push the limits.
Best Door Tandem: Ian Bradley (Le Bain) / Damasa Doyle (Boom Boom Room)
Subtle, sophisticated, smooth. These two are that and then some. And what do you get when you meet them? Humble pie. Impressive considering they hold the ticket into New York City's hottest events. Seeking entrance into either of Standard Hotel's hotspots? We suggest you take advice from the personalities guarding the entrance. Pay attention to subtle detailing in dress code, act sophisticated, and be smooth. Subtle, sophisticated, smooth.
Best Nightclub / Restaurant: The Darby
Imagine getting an impromptu performance by Prince, John Mayer, Bruno Mars, or Taylor Swift while you eat dinner. Then after you enjoy your oysters and grilled swordfish, you can go downstairs and live it up at New York's coolest speakeasy vibe, cocktail lounge. Party well and party late, to classic tunes that will have you dancing the night away. Sound good? We think so too.
Best Party: Lavo NY
"Wait? I took 12 Patrón shots??? I only remember drinking Vodka." Sounds about right. Lavo nights and brunch are quite the spectacle. Expect one of the best looking crowds New York City has to offer, a top-tier DJ, lots of booze, and sparklers going off like it is 4th of July. FREE TIP: Leave Advil on your night table before you head out. Now, go enjoy!
Best Place To Make a Hipster Baby: The Westway
Right off the West Side Highway and Clarkson St., this converted gentlemen club into nightclub, bumps with New York's art and fashion crowd. If you want to pick up a significant other whose interests consist of listening to indie bands, playing in their kickball league on Saturday afternoon, and crushing PBR's, THEN this is your shot. Go get 'em.
Best New Spot: Catch
An unreal seafood restaurant downstairs, with Top Chef winner Hung Huynh in the kitchen. A nightclub upstairs, with a rooftop right in the heart of Meatpacking District. How did the spot open? Well, Nas threw his 38th birthday and Jeremy Scott had his spring 2012 runway show afterparty. Everybody enjoyed their delicious meal and then went upstairs afterwards to celebrate. Bradley Cooper, Carmelo Anthony, Common, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, and PLENTY more were in the house having a blast. How do we know? Grungy Gentleman and Del Toro were the table next to these fellas. Good times.
DJ Who Your Girlfriend Cannot Stop Dancing To: Calvin Harris
If you do not have a Calvin Harris remix in your iTunes Library, you should probably keep checking. That track is somewhere, trust us. The producer and DJ is spreading his magic everywhere from Rihanna and Mary J. Blidge to LMFAO and Tiësto. You know that moment in the club, where that song comes on, and all the girls flip out and screech? You can also call it the moment when a Calvin Harris track comes on, like his new jam with Ri-Ri, "We Found Love."
Best East Coast Shop: Odin
Bespoken, Comme des Garçons, Common Projects, Engineered Garments, Florsheim by Duckie Brown, Rag & Bone, Shipley & Halmos, Woolrich Woolen Mills, and more all curated to perfection. When you go through the racks at Odin, you can pay attention to each garment in the store. You can easily be looking at one of their unique collaborations, while your eye catches the Burkman Bros in-store, pop-up shop in the corner. If you haven't popped into Odin in a while, they just moved into a new location in the West Village. Go check it out. ALSO, do not sleep on the stores line of candles and fragrances. They are absolutely outstanding.
Best West Coast Shop: Confederacy
This is NOT an ordinary phone booth. That is the dressing room in LA's best menswear shop. If you need a different size or style, simply pick up the phone and someone on staff will bring it to you. No need to change just to come out of the dressing room. Genius. Carrying Band of Outsiders, Michael Bastian, GANT Rugger, etc doesn't hurt their cause either. Oh, plus they throw some pretty killer in-store parties too.
Best Department Store: Barneys
Aside from the obvious of it being Barneys, have you seen what they did to Co-Op on Madison Ave? Stunning new sleek look. The shop is merchandised a billion times better and is way easier to navigate. As you can see above, there is a new restaurant called Genes where you can shop online right at the table while you eat. Innovation in the fashion industry outside of Milk Studios??? Who would have thunken!
Store to Watch: S22
SINGER22 brings you their first menswear retail space. And for a first, it is quite impressive. The lines speak for themselves. Strum through the racks at this East Hills, NY shop, where you will find Belstaff, Billy Reid, Burkman Bros, David Hart, Del Toro, GANT Rugger, Kiel James Patrick, Olasul, Penfield, Rag & Bone, Red Wing, Riviera Club, Spurr, Steven Alan, and more.
Coolest Store: Saturdays Surf NYC
The Saturdays fellas, Colin Tunstall, Josh Rosen, and Morgan Collett are always a good time. And so is their store! Their spacious patio in the rear of the shop is a complete escape from the NYC hustle, right in the heart of SoHo on Crosby Street. There is little not to love from this hybrid retail store / hang-out. The coffee is great, the threads are on point, and the vibe is special. If you have not stopped by or haven't in a while, we recommend that you do.
Store Most Likely To Make Your Credit Card Decline: Mr. Porter
Every week hundreds of new items hit their online store. Each item better than the next. So, every week I update my section on Mr. Porter (see above) to keep up. It is probably one of the best parts of my week. Choosing between Bottega Veneta, Junya Watanabe, and Lanvin? Don't mind if I do. Tip of the hat to the lads out in London.
Best Website Section: Park & Bond Vintage Watches
Find myself staring at this section once to twice per week. A guy can dream right? Seriously, this is the best curated group of vintage watches in one spot ever. Every timepiece is so unique down to the band, face, and heritage. Would be a pleasure to find out who initially came up with this concept at Gilt Groupe. I would like to personally shake their hand.
Best Runway Show: Michael Bastian Spring 2012
The return of Basty, LeBron James sitting front row next to Stefano Tonchi, a James Dean theme, an infamous nip-slip, and Kanye West "All Of the Lights" bumping. Pretty fabulous ingredients to a runway show. And as always, the clothes were spectacular. Huge fan of the blazers!
Best Lookbook: Riviera Club Spring 2011
It is amazing what this Santa Barbara crew can do with a pair of well-tailored chinos, a woven, and a washed out hoodie. Implementing a concept for a lookbook that speaks to its core brand is essential. Riviera Club did just that via boats, booze, cars, and dirt bikes. Well played fellas.
Most Exciting Brand: Band of Outsiders
Scott Sternberg, former Hollywood Agent, is one for theatrics. His clothing line, Band of Outsiders wow'ed us with their West Side Story themed runway show at Pitti Uomo for spring 2012 (see above.) When Band showed in New York for fall 2011, their show started with models mountain climbing down from the ceiling. If editors were not already happy enough, they had a cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar placed on their seat. Runway is not the end game for the American brand. Their polaroid-style lookbooks have become a major hit too, starring the likes of Andrew Garfield, Aziz Ansari, and Donald Glover to James Marden, Tom Felton and Rupert Grint.
Best New Designer: N. Hoolywood
N. Hoolywood was the surprise of New York Fashion Week for 2011. For their fall '11 show, monotone outerwear consumed the runway, channeling 1930's mountaineers. Designer, Daisuke Obana followed up in spring 2012 showing at a vintage movie theater, with models interacting in a movie title sequence (see above), most commonly used in the 1950's and 1960's. Luckily for us, the collection is given the same amount of attention to detail as the runway shows they produce.
Best Catalogue: GANT
If you do not subscribe to GANT's hard-copy catalogue, I suggest you do yourself a favor and get on that. Best catalogue in menswear hands down. Look forward to it coming to my mailbox every season. The editorial is outstanding and timepiece advertisements are flawless. Their GANT Rugger imagery insert inside the book is phenomenal (see above.)
Most Innovative Brand: Junya Watanabe
Fair isle blazers, patch-work outerwear, tartan elbow bads, and a bunch of color. That is the recipe for the coolest Japanese brand on the planet. Their cult following consists of menswear fiends who understand fabrics and fit. Remember..."if you don't got fit, you don't got shit." Wear with confidence.
Best Designer: Dries Van Noten
"I think I tell enough about myself when I make my clothes and when I show them. I don’t need people to buy clothes for who I am; I prefer them to buy things that I create," states Dries Van Noten. The man has been doing it for years and continues to show his audience that style is timeless. More words of wisdom from the man himself, "I don’t like to create head-to-toe outfits. I prefer to make garments for people to wear in lots of different ways. It’s important that they can make the clothes their own and wear them in any way they want to express what they want to say about themselves." Amen.
Best Shoe Designer: Mark McNairy