SAN FRANCISCO — Docker's announced that is partnering with Alexander Wang, who was named GQ's Best New Menswear Designer in America, and a diverse group of five other influential American menswear designers to unveil a limited-edition collection. Each designer will reinterpret the khaki pant in a modern way, the company reported.
In addition to Wang, who received the honor earlier this year for his T by Alexander Wang collection, the khaki leader is teaming with designer brands Riviera Club, Miller's Oath, Warriors of Radness, and CFDA members Patrik Ervell and Michael Bastian in the creation of unique head-to-toe khaki looks.
To introduce the collection, Dockers is holding an event on Sept. 8 at Bloomingdale's 59th Street and Lexington Avenue store in New York City. The even will be hosted by actor Donald Glover from NBC's hit comedy "Community" and will coincide with the third annual Fashion's Night Out shopping extravaganza in New York City on Sept. 8. The full collection will be available for purchase that evening as well as at select Bloomingdale's stores nationwide and in Dubai; on www.bloomingdales.com; and on www.dockers.com in the USA, France, and the United Kingdom starting in October.
"The idea was to showcase and celebrate khaki's iconic place in the apparel landscape. As part of that process, we started with the same essential khaki cloth, and through wash, finish, and cut, worked with each of the designers to create six truly unique khaki propositions," offers Doug Conklyn, Dockers SVP global design. "The end result is a really diverse range that demonstrates the versatility, modernity, and adaptability of the khaki medium while also staying true to the aesthetic of each of our varied design partners."
The collection consists of:
GQ Best New Menswear Designer in America winner for 2011 Alexander Wang's urban take on the khaki trend: a pant featuring directional seaming details. The pants are cut from a khaki twill that was "slate gray" garment dyed for a weathered look and feel.
Nominee Patrik Ervell's crisply pressed khaki pant, featuring a series of stitched-down pin-tucked pleats that create volume at the top, evolving into a severely tapered leg.
Nominee Michael Bastian's military-inspired, smart, slim chino cargo style. The look was inspired by a photo of Bastian's two uncles from World War II.
Nominee Riviera Club's distressed heavy weight khaki is inspired by the Jack Kerouac novel Big Sur. The pant is fully lined in a striped oxford shirting fabric that is visible when cuffed.
Nominee Miller's Oath's beautifully pressed chino that comes creased, cuffed and detailed with functional yet dressy, fit-adjusting waist-side tabs and a higher waist.
Nominee Warriors of Radness's surf-inspired, front-pleated muscle pant that sports a fabric hook-and-loop, side-fastening waistband and elasticized cuffs. The pant is reminiscent of a style bodybuilders popularized during the 80s.
The GQ Best New Menswear Designers in America x Dockers collection ranges in price from $75 for cotton T-shirts to $200 for the majority of the khaki pants.