It's party of six for GQ's best new menswear designers in America
GQ magazine announced its 2012 best new menswear designers in America on Feb. 23, a list that includes Johan Lindeberg for his new BLK DNM label, Ian Velardi, Mark McNairy for his Mark McNairy New Amsterdam collection, Shimon and Ariel Ovadia for their Ovadia & Sons line, Saturdays (designed by Morgan Collett, Josh Rosen and Colin Tunstall) and Todd Snyder, all of whom will be featured in the magazine's April 2012 issue, which hits newsstands in Los Angeles on March 13.
Selected by the men's style glossy's editor-in-chief Jim Nelson and creative director Jim Moore, the recognition comes with a GQ-led mentoring program and the opportunity to create pieces for a limited-edition Gap collection that will hit Gap stores in the fall and be showcased in the October 2012 issue of the magazine.
In a notable departure, instead of winnowing a list of finalists to a single winner -- as the program has in the past -- this year's honor is being bestowed equally on all six as a group. Last year, Alexander Wang took the top honor for his T by Alexander Wang label. Other past recipients include Billy Reid (2010), Robert Geller (2009) and Engineered Garments' designer Daiki Suzuki (2008).
-- Adam Tschorn
Left photo: Mark McNairy made GQ's best new menswear designers in America list for his Mark McNairy New Amsterdam collection. Credit: Amanda Marsalis / GQ
Right photo: Ariel and Shimon Ovadio, left and right respectively, for Ovadio & Sons are also GQ honorees. Credit: Amanda Marsalis / GQ