Spring 2011 Menswear
September 09, 2010 New York
Andrew Buckler picked a ten-year span of European history for inspiration. To start, the 1924 Olympic Games, when Britain's Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams took home the gold; to end, 1934, one of the last years of the Bauhaus movement in art. Now that you know all that, you're probably OK to forget all that. Buckler makes menswear that normal guys like because it's not too think-y. The Olympic influence, according to the designer, was evident in the fine-gauge linen T-shirts, stretched and slubby like an athlete's well-worn workout togs. The Bauhaus was behind the prints, and a few trompe l'oeil details. Some gymnasium student of yore might've worn the drop-crotch leggings shown here in mélange and stripes—but it isn't clear that Buckler's current customers will. They'll be more interested (as they should be) in his expanded line of suiting, hand-finished and manufactured in Italy.