“If we win, we’re taking the money with us to Vegas next week and putting it all on black.”
The guys from Riviera Club were, of course, joking, but they’re jovial attitude towards yesterday evenings GQ Best New Menswear Designers in America event at the Ace Hotel was mirrored by all involved. Kirk Miller, the man behind Miller’s Oath, expressed sincere excitement and admiration for all six of the nominees (Gant by Michael Bastian, Miller’s Oath, Patrik Ervell, Riviera Club, T Alexander Wang, and Warriors of Radness). When asked what he would do if he was named winner, Miller stated, “fix my HVAC system.”
Rick Klotz, representing Warriors of Radness, told us, “I hate accolades and awards, but the people here have been really cool.” We think the range of menswear represented is also pretty cool, especially given that this year each nominee will have a hand in designing new looks for sponsor Dockers (in previous years, only the winner has worked with the brand on a capsule collection). Douglas Conklyn, Creative Director of Dockers, shares our view, brimming with excitement thinking about what the talented group will bring to the project.
We’re betting the results will be pretty solid.
A full compliment of images from last night’s event follows after the jump. The winner of the GQ Best New Menswear Designer in America will be announced this afternoon.
Photo credits: Courtesy of Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com and Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com.