Gant Rugger Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on March 02, 2012

Last night was one of those “This is why we do it” nights, which, we have to admit, are coming more and more often for us as bloggers lately. Knowing that we’re fans of the brand, the fine folks at Gant Rugger invited us to the presentation of their fall collection, which was staged at The Fat Radish, a setting both chic and informal, which is just about the best way to sum up these clothes.

The models all stood and sat around the restaurant, chatting, hanging out and just generally doing their best to not look like they’re modeling.

Which is kind of impossible when you and all the guys you’re grouped with are gorgeous and perfectly dressed.

Designer Christopher Bastin is a an ardent foodie and both the collection and the presentation reflected it. As the notes explained, “This season revolves around two characters, the Chef and the Owner, and, of course, their friends hanging out at the best joint in NYC.” Which means the event had the eeriest feeling of being sucked into a lookbook and walking around inside it.

The themes of the night were both food and attitude-based: “Mise en Place,” and “Unkempt Sprezzatura,” indicating both the materials and craftsmanship evident in the clothes as well as the confident touches of whimsy found in brightly colored scarves and belts and typically NYC-style layering.

Basically, there wasn’t one look here we didn’t love. If we had reason and opportunity to, we’d dress like this every day of the week.

And there are worse ways to spend a Thursday night, amirite?

Especially since the presentation ended with everyone sitting down to a truly mouthwatering meal of roasted lamb and grilled sea bass. Everything about the evening was thoughtful, expressive, and designed to appeal to every sense at once. It would have been a great night under any circumstance, but getting introduced to half our wardrobe for next year was the cherry on the sundae. Or in this case, the crumble on the beet crumble. The hazelnut in the endive salad. The star anise in the celery root mash. You get the idea.

Now we’re hungry. Again.


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  • bluefish

    What a great idea and so glad you had such fun and some wonderful food.  I love this collection and wish I would purchase several pieces for my skinny 16-year old son — and son for myself.  I love wearing men’s clothes — especially men’s sweaters.  Love the plaid and houndstooth jackets. And the camelhair coats.

    • lovelyivy

      I actually have a few plaid blazers in the closet that alas are now too big. This has totally motivated me to get them tailored and rock the hell out of the menswear look this Spring.

  • Anathema_Device

    Gorgeous men under a “Dinner is served” sign…hee…

    How fabulous for you two! The clothes are great, and the event looked to be really fun.

    Although, I will never see yellow gloves and not think of that past PR designer who designed the unintentionally HILARIOUS American Psycho serial killer look with the yellow rubber gloves.  Help me out fellow minions. Who was that? You know who I mean!

    • Oh I can see the outfit in my minds eye, but I can’t place the designer. Was it that über tanned surfer boy?

      • Mike McGee

        He was a middle aged oriental man, first one out that season.

        • Thanks! That would have bugged me off and on all day.

      • Anathema_Device


    • Cautia

      Jerry Tam, Season 5.

  • I can’t help but feel that I would like this collection more if there were fewer shirts involved… 

  • Clueless_Jock

    You just propelled Fat Radish to the top of my must-try list. Glad you guys had fun.

  • ChristySchiff

    The grey blazer over the tan sweater?  Love.  (That boy doesn’t hurt either.)

  • PastryGoddess

    J’adore!!!  So cute and what a great way to present clothes.  Maybe if more designers fed their guests, fashion people wouldn’t be so crabby

  • I love this collection so much I sort of want the clothes for myself. I can’t pull off the preppy girl looks, but the preppy boy looks might add just the right sort of athleticism and quirk. (Plus, I’ve got the build for them.)

    As an alternative, I will take the dude in the denim apron.

  • I will take that polka-dotted burgundy scarf right now, thankyouverymuch.

    • Snailstsichr

      Oh yes! it was divine!

  • CQAussie

    I’d hate you Queens if I didn’t love you so much.  Wow, the men are gorgeous and the clothes even more so.  I’m really digging the suits, blazers and scarves.

  • SewingSiren

    OMG! Did you get any freebies? Like if you promise to wear it and post a picture of yourself on your super popular blog? I’m certain it would influence us all to go out and buy these clothes!  Gant Rugger these clothes are perfect for T and Lo most especially the plaids and the Nordic pattern sweaters.

  • mjude

    how fun & creative.  loved it all.

  • Color me Jealous, and Hungry. The clothes are terrific, and I saw several jackets I would love. The models looked edible. The dinner sound fantastic. You lucky, lucky dogs.

  • In pictures 2 and 3- the suit is beautiful, but the knit cap takes it right into Douche.

    I can go with the caps on the other guys, they’re more casual and paired with gloves and scarves. 

  • Beardslee

    What wonderful clothes.  I wish it were as easy to find beautifully tailored and structured women’s clothes.  I’ve been trudging around looking for something to wear and everything is so boxy or drapey – nothing like this, unfortunately.

  • Mercy. 

  • NurseEllen

    The man in the camel hair coat could answer a casting call for Clark Kent.  This looks like it was a ridiculous amount of fun.  Congratulations TLo on being on the “A” list!

  • MilaXX

    Sounds like a wonderful evening and the fashions are really nice.

  • janetjb

    So many beautiful things to look at….my, my, my…

  • I have temporarily lost the gift of speech. Wowza.

  • afabulous50

    If I only had a man to buy clothes for….

  • Sara LaBatt

    The guy in the red hat looks like a mannequin!  He is so good at looking vacant.  And the guy in the apron, super yum.

    Oh wait, this is about clothes?  Hard to see those.  I think they were nice.  🙂

    • lizajane1776

       Yep, I had just decided that I liked the (clothes on the) denim apron guy, then along comes charcoal chunky knit turtleneck, only to be replaced by Mr. Camel Suit!


    • kimmeister

      You mean the one in the sort of coral beanie and sweater, right?  I thought he was looking mighty mannequin-ish myself.

  • J D

    Question…I love this blog but, on occasion, it does seem as though you may be a little overly effusive when sharing your opinions on fashion shows/events to which you’ve been personally invited.  There wasn’t anything you didn’t like about these clothes?  I mean, I personally think they’re great and would love to own most of them, but not all.  Some of the jackets are ridiculously tight, and if a celebrity wore them to an event I don’t think this site would hesitate to criticize them.  So, my question is, are you constantly praising these brands that invite you to events simply because they invited you and because you wish to continue having a good relationship with said brand?  If so, don’t you think you should have some kind of disclaimer?  Sometimes it just seems like you might be sacrificing your own opinions for the sake of an invite to The Fat Radish (or whatever the case may be).  I don’t know if journalistic standards apply to a blog, or if Tom and/or Lorenzo think they should.  And I want to re-iterate how much I genuinely enjoy coming to this site.  I just wonder if maybe there should be a conversation about which posts are “sponsored” and which posts are not.

    • VicksieDo

      So your two comments here mean you like it?  

      • kentiesgirl

        Honestly, I can’t speak for J D, but there are people out in the net who love this blog and other sites but are afraid of commenting for privacy purposes, or being attacked for their opinion, or just like to read it and not the comments.

        • VicksieDo

           I can’t stand it when people who don’t participate in something only comment when they need to shit all over it. 

          • kentiesgirl

             You’re right. I didn’t think of it that way.

    • I could understand your concern if this was a bad collection, but all the pieces are to die for. TLo got to see it upclose AND have a great meal at a great place, I’m just glad I get to see the pictures, we all should be.

    • Zi Jie Tan

      I personally find TLo to be one of the most frank (and of course hilarious) bloggers around! They don’t mince words when it comes to bad fashion. Now, you’re right about them being effusive about most of the events they have been invited to. But because I read them religiously every day, I personally think it’s fine for them to gush over collections they like. They were seriously given a chance to view brands they hold really close to their hearts, and fashion is their passion! Wouldn’t you be super happy when given such an opportunity? 
      Now, they may be motivated to a certain extent to be positive about a brand, but come on! The fact that you’re questioning whether the post is sponsored means you’re aware that such things do happen. Fashion bloggers have been around for quite some time now – I would think blog readers have the smarts to understand many reviews are sponsored (or whatever kind of arrangement in between). TLo has mentioned they were invited to this launch. In that case, I would put faith in that a blog reader – especially a TLo reader – would be capable of independent judgement.

      • kentiesgirl

        But sponsored posts SAY they are sponsored, and this one isn’t. (I mean, it is by the ads that provide income, but that’s not  what anyone’s talking about) It’s not judgement, it just is. Maybe their motivation is that they just like the show?! I mean, they sure rip a lot of designers on the fashion on the street or red carpets, but still go to the shows!

        BTW, they didn’t ‘gush’ over BCBG Max Aria (I remember cause I love that line), they liked some and disliked some. But they were there. /:/

        I am sorry Zi, I just got pissy. I know you meant to defend.

    • Okay: Not one post on this site is sponsored.

    • kentiesgirl

      All entrepreneurs invite
      critics to their events for exposure. They take a risk which may or may
      not pay off. Critics are called critics for a reason, after all. It’s
      the designers that want to keep a good relationship with the critics,
      whether they are fashion bloggers or magazine editors….not the other
      way around.

      guarantee that when any look hits the RC TLo will not be shy
      about shredding it if need be. Also, in this particular case it seems to not be so (and is a little late to be included in the pack), but my understanding is that various fashionistas (or their interns) apply for admittance for a press pass to FW shows, not get invited to them.

      It wasn’t that long ago that T&Lo were not full time bloggers, If I were them I’d be pretty psyched about being at this event too.*

      *If I’m wrong, I’m sorry, but I think I remember you writing about moving to the blogging world professionally-and how exciting it was to be invited to PR’s runway? Oh please, please don’t let me be wrong. If I am wrong, I’m sorry.

      All that being said, I appreciate that you seem to have a genuine question, and I don’t think it’s wrong to ask, but I think ‘your tone seems rather pointed’ (heehee).

  • VicksieDo

    I want the sweater with the thumb cut out on long sleeves, cool!!!

    • Loved that one, too!  I think I could actually wear something like that!

  • nannypoo

    The format of this event is really smart. I love the way these guys are dressed. I especially love the textured sweaters. What I do not love is a knit stocking cap with a suit and tie. 

  • Joyce VG

    That’s the Life!  Wow…I’m so happy for you lucky fellows.

  • Color me jealous! I want to eat all those boys up with a spoon!

  • ChaquitaPhilly


  • bitchybitchybitchy

    What a fab evening for you two! OMG-gorgeous clothes on mouth-watering men, and superb food….yum!

  • granddelusion

    The apron is my face. Followed by the menu.

  • Greg Yoder

    I especially like the adorkable guys in glasses.  And, sure, whatever they’re wearing. 

  • And if you look carefully, you can see our fabulous uncles in the mirror taking pictures… 🙂

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    What absolutely gorgeous, tasteful, masculine clothes. I am in the process of trying to convince my 25-year-old brother that he is too old for cartoon slogan t-shirts and wearing Dad’s jeans (when he isn’t dressing to imitate video game/film characters). He is made for looks like this.

    • Qitkat

      When you’re finished with your brother, I invite you to take on my 31-year-old son, who wore Five Fingers to the theater.

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh, you made me laugh! Because I’m hoping, in my son’s case, that being not-quite-21 means he’s going to grow out of his adherence to basketball shorts and skinny jeans, in rotation. I know he’s got some slacks, some cargo shorts, and an actual suit, because I bought them. He swears he wears them “when I need to.”

        • Qitkat

          I’m sure you’ll take heed from the lessons taught here at TLo and friends. Sigh. This blog came several years too late for me and my son.

          It may also depend on the job(s) he takes on in life. My son, unlike his two brothers, has always worked blue collar even though he has a degree. And even if he works in his field (film), he will probably be on the lowest totem pole and wear grungies to work as a [insert title here] assistant. Low pay of course goes along with this. I have to say he looked smashing in his rented tuxedos for his brothers’ weddings.

          • kentiesgirl

            This blog is too late for my husband, who still owns (and wears behind my back) the tapered ankle white wash jeans he was wearing when I met him -bet you can guess the decade, lol.

            As for your son, my hubby worked blue collar with a degree until his very late 20s and then got an entry level job at a company he loved, and within a couple years was a six sigma exec. Maybe your son’s just waiting for the right match. But we were just as happy when he was wearing coveralls to work as we are now. It is nice to be able to afford shoes, but still-that’s cause we have so many kiddles 🙂

          • kentiesgirl

            I mean, really clearly, that blue collar is great (IMHO, workers should be paid as much as managers, they’re the ones breaking their backs) if that’s what he wants, but if he want’s to move up in a certain industry, it can happen out of nowhere. I just wanted to be super clear on that 🙂

            And gosh, don’t tuxes just look freakin fantastic?? I think there should be a day of the week dedicated to every man wearing a tux.

          • kentiesgirl

             Qitkat- I edited down my responses b/c imho, I think I sounded like a snot.

            I was trying to say I’m sure your son can and will get into film eventually, and be successful at it, if that’s what he wants. If he’s happy in his field now, then that’s great too. I just was stuck in bed all day yesterday and got a bad case of verbal diarrhea. I hope I didn’t offend you at all-If I did, I’m sorry.

          • Qitkat

            You didn’t offend me at all. I understood what you are saying.

            And I didn’t mean to imply that there is anything wrong with blue collar jobs. Pretty much the backbone of hard-working America. If my son were experiencing anything close to job satisfaction in such a job, I would be happy for him.

            I’ve just become frustrated because as parents we always hope to give sound advice to our bairns, and encouraging him to seek a major in film, with no minor in something practical was not one of our better moves. He also didn’t get it at a highly recognized university for this major, got NO help for job search, NO internships, I could go on. But it is in that category of liberal arts majors that are very difficult to parlay into viable careers. But he doesn’t want to move to Hollywood. This isn’t the blog for a long rant from me on the subject [and I certainly could]. The good news is since I wrote the original post, he has gotten a job with a local production company. Hoping for the best.

          • formerlyAnon

            It’s a tough field. I have many friends in film production and if you’re wedded to a certain location and the work/your contacts migrate elsewhere it is even tougher. I know several who built a very solid & financially successful career and it all withered away because they reached a point where it was move, travel continuously or suck air – and either because they had middle & high school kids or just because they didn’t want to uproot themselves past a certain age, they chose to stay put.

            On the other side of the coin, at least as many have stayed happily employed for decades by being flexible and entrepreneurial, and while they aren’t rich they love what they do – not as common as it should be.  Good luck to your son!

          • Qitkat

            Thanks so much for the thoughtful reply. I’ll pass it on to him.

          • kentiesgirl

            Congrats to your son, that’s great news :). Believe me I could rant right along with you. A close relative of mine just had a very similar college experience and can’t get a job, that whole generation is really having a hard time. But he’s got that first step…so sending positive thoughts his way!

          • Qitkat

            Thanks for the positive vibes. Hope your relative finds some relief soon.

  • BradWatson

    My sprezzatura should be so unkempt.

    • BradWatson

      Honestly, I’m in LURVE with this concept. Well, not so much the concept as the words. Mantra… Photo caption… Epitaph. How better to describe my ultimate, inescapable descent into the Britney-Does-Winn-Dixie sweatpants/thong thang

  • jw_ny

    what a way cool evening and fashion show/presentation…hip/trendy setting, dinner and eye candy…I’m rather envious right now.  ;P  

    There is a lot to like about these clothes too.  Preppy, but definitely classic.

  • leilah

    The tie-as-belt toward the end is fantastic!

  • Qitkat

    Love the Gant website, full of fun history of the brand.

  • homespunner

    Did the models talk? Could you touch them? The clothes I mean, could you touch the clothes? Did they eat? The models-not the clothes.
    Clever marketing.

    • I wouldn’t dare – what if I spilled?!?

    • kentiesgirl

      I was just in such a bad mood for personal reasons and you made me laugh.

      Thankyaverymuch. 😀

  • I NEEEEED the houndsthooth blazer and the blue polka dot scarf!  Oh and the rest of that outfit too

  • Sara__B

    Thanks for taking me to the Fat Radish for a little while. The models are gorgeous, the clothes are utterly stylish and look great on the guys, and the menu was divine. Lucky T Lo! (No, luck has nothing to do with it. All your talent and the zillion hours of hard work are paying off!)

  • hughman

    I assume they all made the cut and became Dalton Academy Warblers.

  • I love the scarf with the typical tie pattern. What a fantastic take on the tie. It gives the outfit a really nice blend of formality and style.

  • SapphoPoet

    Nice collection; a bit sharp for my taste, but the textures are nice. The men in the clothes are also nice. 😉

    A question: do male models have the same pressure to be uberskinny as female models do? These guys looked slender and thin, but not brittle like the gals do. (Although the one fellow–seventh picture from the end–has a *very* chiseled jawline.)  

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      not so much. i’m sure theres pressure to look a certain way but not one quite as pathological, at least not in a physically lifethreatening way.

      but that doesnt mean there are no men w/ eating disorders. there are. this is one of the saddest stories of that kind that i know:

      you will note that he was a model–& a particularly attractive one at that–but not during his eating disorder. eating disorders are weird, theyre not entirely about looking, well, any specific way. & they predate the media obsession w/ thinness by decades, centuries. theres just something about starvation.

      anyway, he’s another person who didnt survive his obsession. there was some coverage of his story, i think maybe in the stranger, before he died. i’m unsure if there was much after that. but you cant beat medusa’s site for learning about the very saddest side of this stuff. so here you are.

  • brokephilosopher

    sorry, were we supposed to be looking at the clothes??

  • MsMajestyk

    Those are nice clothes.  I’m jealous of you guys.  I know they’re getting paid and all, but I can’t help but wonder if the models who are dressed to go for a winter outing are hotter than hell in their hats and gloves.  My only complaint is that they need more diverse models.

  • creepy. but I do like the clothes.

  • quiltrx

    I’ll take the sampler plate…a bit of the Paul-Bettany-a-like, a dab of the Cillian-Murphy-a-like, and a big scoop of the long-hair-looking-vaguely-French, please.

  • ardopop

    So.. they invited you and fed you.  Does this ever start to feel a little “Embedded”?  What effect does this attention and generosity have on your critical objectivity?  I don’t begrudge you a party or a dinner, but is there a line, if so where is it?

    • SewingSiren

      They wrote straight up that they were invited guests to this show.  I don’t understand why you would expect objectivity. 

    • We would imagine the line would be crossed if we never mentioned the dinner at all and just gave the clothes a glowing review.

    • formerlyAnon

      When T & Lo go to any event – this one, a network meet & greet, fashion show, a private viewing party at Laura Bennet’s – or get gifts from a publicist, and talk about it on the blog, they’re giving their readership credit for being able to take that into account and judge for ourselves if we think it affects their enthusiasm for a show, a product, a line or a designer.

      For me it’s not so much do their experiences/perks/access inform their opinions – I hope they do! If TLo’s experiences were just the same as mine this would be a really dull blog.  It’s do I know enough to take that into account and my impression has always been that they’re more open than most. 

  • LOVE IT.  SO MUCH.  No really, I love all of this.  The models, the clothes, the idea.  Beautifully done.  A modern fantasy come to life.  Yay.

  • kjthorp

    Fabulous!! I wish I could wear it. Love the sweaters and jackets– they would make great ‘boyfriend’ wear.

  • kjthorp

    Fabulous!! I wish I could wear it. Love the sweaters and jackets– they would make great ‘boyfriend’ wear.

  • aristida_girl

    What a fantastic event! Great pictures too..thanks guys, this looks like it was a blast and i love the clothes

  • I adore these clothes… Now to find me someone to put in them…. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Nice clothes indeed, and SUCH a nice outing for the increasingly respected fashion bloggers Tom & Lorenzo.

    I’ve gotta say, though, that watch caps (I imagine they are still called that, even if they are in colors?) are never gonna make it as fashion, for me. They just don’t add any of the flair that a scarf, gloves, or some other toppers can.

  • Nariya

    Holy shit. 

  • maggiemaybe

    I want every man in my life to dress just like this… including my 10 year old son.

  • kentiesgirl

    A smart, wearable collection. Love it all, which is not how I usually feel about any men’s collection. My only ‘no way’ moment was the yellow/red/black plaid jacket, but I like the color pairing with the shirt, sweater, and tie underneath.

    Being sucked into a lookbook and walking around….sounds pretty good to me. I would like to fall into The Book (NM). Just sayin.

    What a great, super fun night. Happy for you…sounds pretty refreshing after the running around and constant flashbulbs recently.

  • Beth G

    Yum.  In all ways.  This is the way I would dress my guy if he had the body for it.

  • PrunellaV

    Sounds like you had so much fun! I love when you guys blog about things you’re nuts about. I wish more men dressed like this.

  • Ugh, you guys are so lucky, to be surrounded by beautiful models.  

  • alyce1213

    I love it all.
    The Fat Radish is very near where I live. You should’ve called — I would have run over.

  • kentiesgirl

     Okay, I was nice about this a while ago, but, c’mon. Why is this popping up? Designers of everything from engine parts to dresses to insulation woo critics in order to get opinions of their product out there. They take a chance of a bad review to get publicity. It’s just what it is!  Tom and Lorenzo have ALWAYS been objective to the point of harshness. If you think it’s immoraL, look up “marketing” in a dictionary.

  • kentiesgirl

     This was supposed to be a reply to ardopop. Comments have been funky for me, at least, all day. Have no idea where this is gonna show. Upon further reading, I’m being a jerk…but I am angry about the accusations. Didn’t mean to be mean.

    • ardopop

      To Kentiesgirl:

      I appreciate the passion of your response.  Questions of morality are serious (even in the frivolous world of fashion) and deserve serious and passionate consideration.  I also appreciate that Tom and Lorenzo answered my question with such grace.  I wondered where “The Line” was for them and they told me.  A most reasonable discourse.

      • kentiesgirl

        Thank you for such a polite response. I was rude about it, and I apologize. I feel strongly about things, but that doesn’t make it right to be so snappy.

        I agree that if people are concerned there should be discussion, and am glad there was one.

  • pippitypup

    This is some of the classiest menswear in years. Drooool over the lovely , overdressed models.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Given the last picture – it seems not EVERYONE sat down to the sea bass…  I adore these photos and covet the houndstooth jacket.

  • ccm800

    cute fellas GREAT fashion and wonderful food. This would be my perfect evening. 

  • kentiesgirl

    Congrats to your son, that’s great news :). Believe me I could rant right along with you. A close relative of mine just had  a very similar college experience and can’t get a job, that whole generation is really having a hard time. But he’s got that first step…so sending positive thoughts his way!