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Friday, March 20, 2009


Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Images of the Collection, Richard Spiegel
Image of Fred Astaire, from
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 12, 2009
The Soho Penthouse, @ the Regency Hotel, Park & 61st Street.

Mr. Antoine kicked off his presentation with an explanation of his design inspiration for fall 2009.
“This 49-piece collection was inspired by the gentleman of the thirties, who had an affection for tailored clothing.”

THE INSPIRATION: the debonair gentlemen of the Silver Screen, Fred Astaire, perhaps?

WHAT THAT MEANT: - Well-tailored shirts, trousers, and a nice narrow-cut gray sharkskin suit.

The designer added some eccentric touches such as making one [yes, only one] of the legs of a pair of trousers a black legging. Experimentation is well and fine, but it’s doubtful that this look will catch on with the majority of the designer’s target market.

GROOMING TIPS: A look like this requires hair that's slicked-back. The Aveda Pro Team's slicked back hair added to the natty gentleman look that can be achieved with either MEN’S GROOMING CLAY or CONTROL PASTE.

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