Every year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America gives awards to designers who have achieved excellence in the fashion world. The nominees are selected by their peers in categories such as Women’s Wear, Menswear, Accessories, Lifetime Achievement, Founders, and International Fashion. The 2013 nominees for Menswear this year are three New York City based designers: Steven Cox and Daniel Silver for Duckie Brown; Michael Bastian; and Thom Browne.
The first designers, Steven Cox and Daniel Silver for Duckie Brown, have the trademark of using unique fabrics and bold colors in their creations. In 2006, they began to design a line of shoes with the well- known “Florsheim” and recently in 2012 joined forces with Perry Ellis to create a line of Luxury American Sportswear. Some great examples of their work are these great leather moccasins. The buttery softness of the leather provides comfort, as the texture of the hand stitched toe box adds a unique interest. Also, the bold orange color is hot for 2013.
Michael Bastian, the second CFDA Nominee, is known for his previous position as the Fashion Director for Bergdorf Goodman before he launched his own menswear line in 2006. His tailored, modern style reflects his past experiences with former employees like Ralph Lauren. In 2011, he was the recipient of the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award. His grey/blue casual suit for Spring 2013 is constructed in a lightweight fabric, has a fresh window pane pattern, and is completed with a jeweled leather belt and strappy brown sandals.
The third designer nominee is Thom Browne. His women’s wear work was showcased in the gorgeous Inaugural dress and matching coat the he designed for Michelle Obama. Thom was a CFDA winner in 2006. His Spring/Summer fashions for 2013 reflect what he calls “business casual”. The model wearing his preppy navy outfit looks like he is dressed in his younger brother’s clothes with the short arm and pant lengths. Also, the patterned trousers, striped jacket, and whale shirt are a little much, especially since the shirt and pants verge on looking like mens scrubs.