WANT: thom browne's astronaut helmets!



Helping out with the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief is still very much in the minds of the folks at oki-ni, who’ve amassed a great raffle of limited-edition items from the brands they carry: Thom Browne donated astronaut helmets he made for the models of his spring/summer ’11 show; NN07 gave a sample Japanese indigo pique shirt; and Bernhard Willhelm contributed four Japanese headbands. Full list of prizes available on the raffle page. (TSF Vault: Fila x Kim Clijsters design fundraising shirt for Japan)

View: The Thom Browne Space Race-themed Spring/Summer 2011 collection, complete with shark-patterned blazers and shorts! Browne was also the one who had tennis on his mind while dreaming up a Spring 2009 presentation.

(TB runway image via gq.com; TB helmet image via oki-ni.com)

GQ’s 2009 menswear designer: will tennis be their muse?



benjamin-bixby-fall2009

And then there were six: GQ and CFDA have narrowed down their nominees for Best New Menswear Designers in America down to a sextet of talents: André Benjamin (Benjamin Bixby); Robert Geller; Alex Carleton (Rogues Gallery); David Mullen (Save Khaki); Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos (Shipley & Halmos); and Yigal Azrouël.


Shipley, GQ EIC Jim Nelson, and Halmos

The winners will be announced in a few weeks, with the coveted prize being $50,000 and an opportunity to create a collection to be exclusively sold at Bloomingdale’s and Levi.com for a month; after that, other retailers can get a piece of the pie.

Edit: Geller takes the cake. Congratulations!

A recent “best menswear” award (s/s 09 NY Fashion week) went to British designer Nico Kubisch, whose collection was inspired by “gentlemen’s sports, particular tennis in the 1920s and 30s, where sportswear was just a softer version of formal menswear with its tailored jackets and trousers.” Will the GQ/CFDA winner follow in his footsteps? Or those of Thom Browne‘s s/s 09 collection?

(GQ party pics via style.com; NC pic via fashioncapital)