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THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT: GQ has revealed the finalists for its fourth annual Best New Menswear Designers in America competition, with the talent pool this year including Patrik Ervell, Alexander Wang for his T by Alexander Wang line, Michael Bastian for his Gant collection, Rick Klotz of Warriors of Radness, Kirk Miller of Miller’s Oath, and Joe Sadler, Derek Buse and Greg Ullery of Riviera Club.
The competition has a new sponsor this year in Dockers, for which all six finalists will create a designer khaki pants-and-top look, which will be sold as a limited edition collection at key Bloomingdale’s stores in the fall. Previously, Levi’s was the sponsor.
The winner, who will receive a $50,000 cash prize, will be chosen by a judging panel that includes GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson, GQ creative director Jim Moore, Tommy Hilfiger, CFDA executive director Steven Kolb, Dockers senior vice president of global design Doug Conklyn and Bloomingdale’s vice president of fashion direction Kevin Harter. All of the finalists receive mentoring from teams at GQ, the CFDA and Bloomingdale’s.
The magazine will host an event showcasing each designer’s fall collections at the Ace Hotel in New York on Feb. 10.
— David Lipke