Leading Men

WOMEN’S FASHION IS inherently arresting. A piece of women’s clothing, constructed skillfully with beautiful lines, is unmistakably a work of art. But menswear has never elicited a similar reaction from me. That is, until I began to work on this issue.

What makes men’s fashion truly noteworthy, I realize now, is the elegance of what lies beneath: monograms in unexpected and often unseen places; jackets with stitching, linings and details so subtle but so stunning. It’s a gift to be able to create a suit that fits perfectly, attested to by most gentlemen’s loyalty to their same treasured designers season after season. And so it is in this issue that we spotlight men’s fashion, examining designers who have held our attention for quite some time, as well as those who have only recently caught our eye.

There’s Dolce & Gabbana, celebrating its 20th anniversary of designing menswear; John Varvatos, in its 10th; and—perhaps most recognizable—Tommy Hilfiger, ringing in its silver anniversary. These brands and others have no doubt proven that quality and classic design never go out of style. Yet there’s always room for a new addition—like up-and-comer Bibhu Mohapatra or Justin Timberlake’s foray from William Rast clothing into a signature fragrance. So whether you’re a brand loyalist or still discovering your best fit, the truly stylish know how to mix and match for a look distinctly your own.


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