It was a humid Sunday evening at dusk somewhere in the Garment District, perhaps a strange time for the unveiling of a new menswear line with the mysterious name of Bête Noire, but strangely appropriate as well, since this collection is far from your typical NYC 9 to 5 menswear fare.
Inside the Nexus showroom, an eager ensemble gathered with wine glasses in hand to toast the designers and the first of their Bête Noire pieces, which had just arrived from their production team.
Designers Alise Marie and Anthony Malat, already known among the city’s stylish, rock and roll elite for their own collections, respectively, Alise-Marie and Sinner/Saint, have now created a ready-to-wear line of suits, shirts and neckwear for men.
The look is that of an elegant modern dandy, someone inclined to stand out in a crowd no matter what he wears. There are two or three-piece suits and separates with lean, long cuts, bold printed linings, and overall, combining standout color and texture. Details such as contrasting top stitching, cuff embellishment and hand-sewn labels give the collection an added edge.
An embossed snakeskin, tailored velvet blazer is certainly not for the faint of heart, but would be perfect for a glamorous rock icon’s night on the town. A burgundy three-piece suit with raised, textural stripes looked divine on designer Malat and would prove a versatile, head-turning suit for many a slim, stylish gent, day or night. –MVW