NYFW Day 1: Buckler presents a classic and masculine collection

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Designer Andrew Buckler once described his nine-year-old, contemporary American menswear label as a “a brand for blokes,” and his spring 2011 presentation brought this point home with a mix of classic suiting and practical weekend wear seemingly designed with the Ivy League urbanite in mind.

Khaki, royal blue, and vibrant Nantucket red chinos were Newport-cool rolled up at the ankle and paired with traditional tops, like a white button-down with a canvas trench or a red Gordon Gekko collar button-down with a khaki three-button blazer. A light chambray suit (looks like this trend isn’t going anywhere) was boyish when paired with white sneakers, a thin white tee, and tan suede backpack, and neutral-hued cardigans were freshly adorned with stripes of color, layered beneath blazers, and accessorized with skinny knit scarves.

Buckler’s harem pant — slouchy, drop crotch, tight hem just beneath the knee — was one of few styles that played in gender ambiguous area, arguably at the cost of Buckler’s “bloke” demographic, who seem likely to reject the style, especially when in iridescent black or vivid printed fabrics.

Standouts included a '50s greaser-style white, waist-length jacket with a black collar and button details paired with a soft gray V-neck and khaki shorts which was worn, appropriately, by a James Franco look-alike.

While the collection didn't break new ground, it did revive good-old-boy classics in a decidedly unpretentious way, and proved to be one of the most masculine and wearable male collections shown.

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