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A West Coast Club Comes East

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Derek Buse, Joe Sadler, and Greg Ullery of the up-and-coming menswear line Riviera Club are California dudes: they live and work out of L.A. and Santa Barbara. And while it’s their breezy, surf-inspired twists on casual menswear that’s earned them accolades in their initial seasons—culminating in a nomination for GQ and the CFDA’s Best New Menswear Designer in America award—for their first New York fashion week presentation last week, they went for more of a cool-weather vibe.

At the Bowery Hotel, the trio staged an elaborate feast, with that great fashion week rarity: Actual food. The Wine Country-inspired spread came courtesy of props-and-set man Michael Strugeon, who also built the gorgeous, hardwood table for the show. The models schmoozed, drank, nibbled, and generally hung out, and the spectators did the same—not a bad way to spend an evening, especially if you’ve spent the surrounding ones, as most of the editors present had, sitting bolt upright on benches, watching parades of sloe-eyed mannequins process.

“This is the harvest dinner,” Buse explained, “which is very Riviera Club. It’s a West Coast-derived inspiration, based on the California wine renaissance: The Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, San Ynez Valley.” The clothes themselves follow the reigning school of workmanly basics, tweaked for fit (slimmer), color (brighter), and hand (softer, especially thanks to a new cashmere program for Fall). “It’s rugged by very refined,” Sadler broke in. “Sort of polished dishevelment, if you will.”

“We really tried to focus on our outerwear this season, to please our fans on the East Coast and not just do casual beachwear,” he continued, pointing out the Diamond Mountain duffel coat, named for a favorite Napa winery, and kitted out with vintage toggles and antique zippers. Brushed wool jackets, chinos, tweeds, and collaborative Stetson hats rounded out the offerings. The capstone was yet another winter warmer: glasses of Riviera Club’s own 2008 Rhone blend.

Photo: Courtesy of Riviera Club

Alexander Wang Is GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designer In America

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It seems Wang can do no wrong. Alexander Wang, who dipped a toe in the waters of menswear with his T collection for men, was named the winner of GQ‘s annual Best New Menswear Designer in America award, which comes with a mentorship with Dockers, Bloomingdale’s, and the magazine’s editors, and the opportunity to design a piece for a limited-edition Dockers capsule collection. All six nominated labels (T by Alexander Wang, Gant by Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell, Warriors of Radness, Miller’s Oath, and Riviera Club) were fêted at a bash, in New York last night where—before the winner was even announced—GQ creative director Jim Moore took a moment to single out Wang as someone he envisioned growing in the men’s business. “He was doing T-shirts and hoodies, and when we approached him, he said, ‘Don’t you think it’s a little bit early on?’ ” Moore recalled. “I said no, I think you have the potential to be a great American menswear designer. It pushed him to expand his categories.” Alexander Wang and Dockers in the same sentence—sounds like an expansion to us.

Photo: Ryan McCune / PatrickMcMullan.com

Doutzen’s Boy Is All Atwitter, Girls (Like Helena Bonham Carter) Just Wanna Have Fun, Wang And The Gang In The Running For GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designer In America, And More…

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Baby’s first rattle, sure. Baby’s first Gucci, maybe. But baby’s first Twitter account? Believe it: Phyllon Joy Gorré—the newborn offspring of Doutzen Kroes and husband Sunnery James—is now tweeting. [@PhyllonJoy]

And in other Twitter revelations today, H&M delighted fans by announcing via tweet that it’s planning to open its virtual doors to U.S. e-commerce circa 2012. [@HMUSA]

Helena Bonham Carter weathered criticism for her Golden Globes look, a Vivienne Westwood gown with which she paired mismatched shoes. “Why not wear mismatching shoes? Who says we can’t? I was just having fun. For me, fashion is all about fantasy and putting unlikely things together,” Bonham Carter told People StyleWatch. She even went so far as to suggest she’d do the fashionably unthinkable: wear the same dress to the Oscars. [People StyleWatch]

GQ announced the finalists for its GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designers in America award this morning. In the running this year: Alexander Wang for T (left), Patrik Ervell, Michael Bastian for Gant, Rick Klotz for Warriors of Radness, Kirk Miller for Miller’s Oath, and Joe Sadler, Derek Buse, and Greg Ullery for Riviera Club. [WWD]

And following the parades of brightly hued dudes on the European runways, The Wall Street Journal wonders: Will men actually buy color? [WSJ]

Photo: Mimi Ritzen Crawford

Riviera Club Pulls Out All The (Bus) Stops

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No harm in stacking the deck a bit. Ron Herman threw the fledgling SoCal menswear line Riviera Club a party for its Spring 2010 collection debut on Saturday, but its designers—and its fans—are distributed between Santa Barbara and L.A. No sweat for RC’s Derek Buse, Greg Ullery, and Joe Sadler (pictured, with Herman): They chartered a party bus to cart in the loyalists. “It was only supposed to have 25 people on it, but I think 35 people ended up coming down. Apparently there was Coors Light being thrown on the 101,” Buse said. Cut the stalwarts a little slack—they’ve got plenty to celebrate. Things are looking sunny for Riviera Club now, but when it was founded last season mid-recession, there was no guarantee it would succeed.

“Ron Herman was the first order we ever wrote as a company, and we did it at the Tranoï trade show in Paris,” Buse explained. “I remember wiring the money over to the trade show, thinking to myself, I hope this doesn’t suck. Then, the first order we wrote was with this store that we thought embodied a lot of what the clothing line embodied. After that I remember just having a settling feeling, like, I think it’s going to be OK.” Shoppers perused the double-faced shirts and jersey-lined shorts the line’s fast becoming known for—the kind of comfortable basic girls are likely to nick from their boyfriends’ closets. So we had to ask, any hope of a women’s collection down the line? “I really want to, but we have a lot to learn on the production front,” Buse said. “I really want to have the men’s stuff well greased and then to dive into women’s and do it right.” No guarantees, but that sounds like a recipe for success.

Photo: Courtesy of Riviera Club