The star-studded cast of designers, including GQ's creative director Jim Moore (center).

Let me demystify the life of a GQ editor for you (full disclosure: I was one of them until a couple weeks ago): it’s not all Gucci suits, Versace ascots, and Dolce & Gabbana mesh tees. In fact, GQ editors like to wear sharp-looking — but normal — pieces as much as the next guy, and especially if they come at a great price point (something that we at Gilt know a thing or two about, too). Which is why we were eager to celebrate with our kindred spirits at GQ for the release of their Best New Menswear Designers 2013 collaborations with Gap.

Last night, GQ threw a party to kick off the collection (which launches at select Gap stores and today) with a guest list that serves as a veritable who’s who of menswear, including this year’s winners Aviator Nation, Bespoken, Ernest Alexander, and Baldwin (okay, actual full disclosure: I wrote the profiles of the designers that ran in GQ earlier this year), plus the winners from last year including Johan Lindeberg, Mark McNairy, Shimon Ovadia, Todd Snyder, and Ian Velardi. The vibe of the party was that of a high school pep rally, complete with models on the auditorium stage with pom-poms, t-shirts honoring the new inductees reading “Class of 2013,” and luckily, for the non-high schoolers present, Bronx Brewery beer along with Umami burgers and Good Batch ice cream sandwiches. It almost, kind of reminded us of high school, except that people like A$AP Rocky, Michael Bastian, the Jonas brothers, Gilt’s own Tyler Thoreson, Josh Peskowitz, and the whole GQ team were there. Oh, and the other difference — we don’t remember our fellow high schoolers being nearly as dapper as last night’s attendees.

Visit GQ to see the collection and look for highlights including a suede baseball jacket from Bespoken, a super-soft hoodie from Aviator Nation, a slim-fitting shawl cardigan from Baldwin, and a waxed field jacket from Ernest Alexander. Consider them your gateway drug to the designers’ private collections.


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