Mike Rubin, a Southern California native who launched his line in 2012, consistently draws from the surf, skate and punk culture of the Seventies and Eighties, but for his fall 2016 collection he also pulled from German artist Markus Lüpertz, who regularly depicted a male dandy in his paintings. That dandy came to life at Rubin’s debut presentation at New York Men’s Day, but with a Western tilt. He sauntered around the room in a maroon suit and white headpiece with a diverse set of models — real people and actual models — who wore tailored suits styled with plaid shirts; bomber Jackets; shirt jackets with matching pants; striped T-shirts, and cropped, cuffed denim. These looks were accentuated with bowler hats and wallet chains.
This unique take on Americana, while not groundbreaking, was well executed.