Men’s Collections of Note: BARNEYS CEO MARK LEE Looks Ahead to Spring 2012

The 2012 Spring/Summer European men’s shows are behind us, but at Barneys, we’re already making room in our spring closets for notable looks from the runways. From Pitti to Paris, this year’s collections boasted an array of spot-on styles from both industry vets and talented newcomers (some of whom will make their U.S. debut at Barneys this fall).

Below, we check in with our illustrious CEO, Mark Lee, to hear what caught his eye and has him counting down to Spring 2012.

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Barneys New York: Who were the top designers to watch this year, and why?

Mark Lee: Alexandre Mattiussi‘s outstanding debut men’s collection for Ami (arriving this fall at Barneys CO-OP) was matched by an equally impressive first spring showing. We are thrilled to exclusively launch this collection in the U.S.

Looks from Ami.

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BNY: Whose was the most creative presentation this year?

ML: Alber Elbaz at Lanvin knows how to create a dramatic show that builds from Look 1 to the finale. He and Lucas Ossendrijver created a thrilling moment “in the round” at the Paris Bourse, where clothes, accessories, space, music and casting all gelled together.

Looks from Lanvin.

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BNY: Who are the up-and-coming designers to watch?

ML: I am most excited about the new brands we are adding to the Madison Avenue men’s ground floor RTW assortment (and Barneys.com). This fall, Piombo and Camoshita will arrive, and next spring, we will add Alain, another great Italian exclusive collection, as well as Salvatore Piccolo‘s hand-made shirts. We’ll also welcome back Michael Bastian from a one-season hiatus. All together, a very exciting injection of international haberdashery style.

Looks from Piombo.

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BNY: Any memorable street style moments from this year’s shows?

ML: I was amused to see photographers at Pitti and at every show virtually push Tom Kalenderian and me out of the way to allow a better shot of Justin Doss (one of our men’s buyers). Of course, he has great style, but I think it’s his hat collection that creates the street style frenzy.

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- Tory Hoen

All images courtesy of Style.com

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