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It was just last week that we mentioned the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and its uncanny knack for a) honoring our favorite menswear designers in the biz, most recently Thom Browne, and b) throwing parties that draw highly photogenic crowds.

The CFDA’s noteworthy deeds continue this week with a collection of one-of-a-kind weekend bags that the non-profit organization, along with Details magazine, commissioned from top menswear designers including Michael Bastian, Rag & Bone, Todd Snyder and Billy Reid.


[The plain, military-surplus duffel each designer started with.]

The bags are being auctioned on eBay through this weekend only. As of this posting, Todd Snyder’s is the most hotly sought after with 23 bids. But you know how these things work: The auction ends June 17; now’s your chance to stake out your favorite bag, then swoop in at the last minute to drop the winning bid.

Check out our favorite bags below, and pop over to eBay to see about scoring a one-of-a-kind work of art (slash piece of luggage). All proceeds go to the CFDA to benefit new and emerging designers.

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Michael Bastian. The 2011 CFDA Award winner patched up his bag like an Eagle Scout sash full of merit badges; but in a Jack Kerouac-like twist, the obscure mementos look like they’ve been collected throughout a road scholar’s lifetime of strange trips.
Shop Michael Bastian | Bid on This Bag


Rag & Bone. Sleek black leather contrasting the faded olive give this duffel—by the English-bred, New York-based duo behind Rag & Bone—the look of a refined  doctor’s bag. Perfect for carting a change of clothes uptown to hit the gym before or after the office.
Shop Rag & Bone | Bid on This Bag


Marc Jacobs. Win this auction, and you get not only a cool bag—but also dozens of what appear to be hand-doodled buttons to pluck off and pin to your jean- and leather-jacket lapels.
Shop Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bid on This Bag


Tommy Hilfiger. It’s amazing how some blue dye and leather accents can make an Army/Navy bag look incredibly luxe—as with Hilfiger’s unmistakable play on one of our favorite trends for summer: unapologetic Americana.
Shop Tommy Hilfiger Watches | Bid on This Bag


Billy Reid. Alabama-based Reid devised one of the most functional duffels of the bunch—complete with longer handles to toss it over your shoulder during endless airport treks, and a strap on the end to easily nab it from the overhead compartment (or the flatbed of a truck).
Shop Billy Reid | Bid on This Bag


Ovadia & Sons. Twin brothers Shimon and Ariel Ovadia offer a wry twist on their signature mix of preppy and military influences, with aeronautical patches affixed in a jaunty, haphazard manner.
Shop J. Press York Street by Ovadia & Sons | Bid on This Bag


Duckie Brown. Where other redesigns sought to urbanize the source material, this one embraces olive green’s earthy side, with a wooly blanket pattern that recalls visions of summer camp.
Shop Florsheim by Duckie Brown Shoes | Bid on This Bag


Todd Snyder. This Iowa-born designer chose to pursue the ‘Navy’ side of Army/Navy, with a sailor-inspired creation that turns the conventional duffel on its ear. Rugged natural leather and sturdy rope make it ready for a long boat ride—preferably to the Bahamas.
Shop Todd Snyder | Bid on This Bag



And two more auctions we’re eyeing: Richard Chai (top) and Public School—we don’t carry these guys, but they made some of our favorite bags of the bunch. The former utilizes a rare color scheme we suddenly hope to see more of: olive green x neon blue.

The latter, in always-appropriate black on black, looks like a cross between Michael Jackson’s jacket from Thriller and some space-age survival gear from our recent favorite sci-fi film-festival throwback.

 
 

[Intro photo by Donnell Culver for We Are The Market. Duffel photos via Details.com.]

Congratulations to Thom Browne for taking home top honors in the Menswear category at Monday night’s CFDA Awards.

If you’re curious what that means, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) puts on what basically translates to the Oscars of the fashion world each year. As for the winner (seen above in a fittingly subversive twist on black tie): After famously reviving the menswear industry’s interest in slim tailoring a few years back, Thom Browne has persistently pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘fashion show’ to the limits of absurdity (note his Punks vs. Jocks and Preps from Space -themed shows as examples) while somehow maintaining a somber atmosphere that implies what’s on view is nothing short of art.

A snapshot of Browne’s Fall ’13 Amish cloaks, pixelated for the business park, popped up in the CFDA’s #cfdaawards Instagram feed—as did hundreds of shots of dapperly dressed designers and drop-dead-gorgeous actresses and models. Here are the highlights:


L: Prepping the red carpet.
R: Michael Bastian, 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, with Todd Snyder,
nominated for this year’s Swarovski Award for Menswear.


Legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista with future hall-of-famer Karolina Kurkova.


L: Billy Reid, last year’s CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year.
R: The crowded venue at NYC’s Lincoln Center.


House of Harlow 1960 designer Nicole Richie and Australian model Jessica Hart.


L: The good stuff. | R: Model Frida Gustavsson and BLK DNM designer Johan Lindeberg.


Actress Sofia Vergara. (The new Peg Bundy?)


L: Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-yi Chow, winners of this year’s
Swarovski Award for rising stars in Menswear.
R: Alexander Wang and friends on the steps outside.


Michael Kors with a model on each arm. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.


L: Mood lighting at the after-party.
R: Womenswear winners Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler
who appear to have a firm grasp on menswear, too.


Actress, award presenter, and Bridesmaid Rose Byrne—getting photo-bombed.


L: CFDA International Award winner Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy with actress Jessica Chastain.
(How hardcore was she in Zero Dark Thirty?)
R: One of our favorites (and definitely the funniest) from the female blogosphere,
Man Repeller Leandra Medine is a certified CFDA superstar.


End on a High Note: In the clip above, an army of male models awkwardly a capellas Daft Punk x Pharrell disco jam ‘Get Lucky,’ all while wearing the Fall ’13 collections by all three CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominees—and somehow keeping a straight face.

 

Crashing a black-tie bash of your own sometime soon?
SHOP: TUXEDOS & FORMALWEAR

 
 

[Instagram photos via CFDA.com; click here for individual credits and tons more photos. Video via KCD. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Of all the menswear bloggers-slash-stylists-slash-photographers running loose and making moves in NYC these days, Noah Emrich is one of the best. His photos are ridiculously captivating even when the subjects are just his friends on random Brooklyn rooftops. So when he gets a chance to shoot some of the world’s preeminent street-style icons at a high-profile event like the CFDA Awards, the results are inevitably something special.


Shop: Bow Ties | Beanies


Shop: Tuxedos | Pocket Squares

 

[Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom or products mentioned. Images ©Noah Emrich]

Congratulations to Mr. Billy Reid, newly crowned winner of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) award for Menswear Designer of the Year.

 

[Image courtesy of Billy Reid Facebook page.]

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