From GQ creative director Jim Moore: “What I love about Michael Bastian is he’s always looking to do something fun. This is the anti-Christmas sweater. It’s taking this nerd-ball concept and making it cooler. Sometimes these knits are heavy but this is a Shetland, so it’s lightweight. You can wear it with an oxford cloth shirt and a tie or wear a T-shirt under it and jeans.” More info including where to buy it here.
From GQ creative director Jim Moore: “Saturdays NYC is the coolest store in America right now. This SoHo surf shack was conceived by three not-so-laid-back guys on a mission: to create a space for those living, working, and surfing around the big city. The inventory is dominated by Saturdays-designed favorites like striped surf trunks and small-collar shirts; it’s also well churned with the boys’ favorite wet suits and surfboards. Get all the Saturdays gear at its Web site, or come visit this one-of-a-kind hut. You’ll have your best Saturday yet, no matter what day it is.”
We compiled all of creative director Jim Moore’s endorsements into one nifty slideshow, effectively eliminating the guesswork out of any foreseeable style conundrums. Take, for instance, what he calls “the perfect dress shirt” by Ralph Lauren Black Label, above. You just can’t go wrong. Take a look at his other picks here.
“This was our favorite of the season. First of all, Thom Browne has never done this exploded gingham. This is his third season experimenting with plaids. What we love about this one is that for the first time he’s done a semi-spread collar in an oxford cloth. For that guy who is maybe not a button-down kinda guy but loves the oxford, American-made shirt, this is the next generation. “—GQ creative director Jim Moore
“This is another example of Michael Bastian’s genius. He takes something incredibly traditional: Glen plaid, heavy Harris tweed, and shoots this red windowpane through and gives it red corduroy elbow patches. He loves the geezer-ness of traditional clothing. “—GQ creative director Jim Moore
“We’ve always been big fans of Rick Owens, but specifically his leather jackets. There are a few people that come along, Helmut Lang was like this, Rick Owens owns this. He’s a modernist, doesn’t take anything from the past, always reinventing things; he wouldn’t call this a biker jacket, but I look at it and see the asymmetrical zipper, the big collar, and there’s obviously a biker influence there. The fit of the jacket is wonderful—the way it’s shaped ergonomically and fits your body with the super-high armhole and tight, skinny sleeves that are way too long and push up. He’s taken so much care into how the jacket fits. Everything about it gives you an instant cool factor.”—GQ creative director Jim Moore
GQ Creative Director Jim Moore explains the snow-induced style dilemma of wearing tall boots with pants.
“I wanted to touch on the quandary guys have when things get slushy and inclement. I think that what you do with your pants is homage to, how stylistically, you can do that without looking like Adam Ant. If the pant is skinny, show some boot and protect your pants, and look stylish at the same time.”
Shown here: Balmain. For more examples, check out our Fall 2011 Trend Report.
Each month, the editors of GQ select a series of items from the magazine and make them available through online retailer Park & Bond. For October, Jim Moore likes this shirt-and-tie combo from Thom Browne.
“Thom Browne’s always putting a different spin on the dress shirt every season. He’s doing something that’s a real hybrid that I haven’t seen that much, which is a button-down club collar. He finds a new way to reinvent the American button-down every season. This one we love because it’s a two-color windowpane pattern so you’re going to want to wear this with your quieter fabric suits and tweeds and sportcoats or a solid color cardigan. The tie is silk but it’s beefier, it’s heavily constructed and it will tie really stiff, with a strong dimple. I haven’t seen the red power tie, or the red tie, since the ’80s. This is the anti-Republican power tie.”
View the rest of Jim Moore’s picks here.
GQ creative director Jim Moore speaks with deputy editor Michael Hainey about the emerging trends so far, the preponderance of basketball superstars spotted in the front row, and what to expect from the rest of Fashion Week.