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Max Wilson has a Facelift!

Style icon extraordinare Max Wilson just re-vamped his website. Peek at the 2013 menswear previews or simply enjoy a flashback of some of his most iconic looks – it’s a treat!

Sketches for Ike Behar 2013, left. Max Wilson, right.

Takin’ it to the Max Wilson

by Cyn. Zarco

Max Wilson’s mantra: “I love stripes!” As if you couldn’t tell he’s got a thing for verticals. Comfy in Comme de Garcons Play‘s striped navy sweater, Ralph Lauren’s former VP of women’s couture is chilling dockside at The Standard like a tourist on a slow Caribbean cruise. But, make no mistake — Max is no stranger to South Beach. With a pied-a terre here and there, this New York designer snowbird has been flying south for the winter for some time now.

We ask him what he likes best at Babalu: “I l-o-v-e my blue Aussie Bum swim trunks! ” he says, laughing out loud like a young Geoffrey Holder then giggling with glee. “I like the orange ones, too, ’cause guess what — I l-o-v-e color!” No stretch there. No need to wonder why his accessories of choice are red Mosley Tribe shades, a Paul Smith satchel plus multi-stripe socks (apres swim) in the bag. “Oh, and when I’m here I live in Swims loafers,” he adds. “They’re so comfortable and chic. And, I can wash them!”

I’m so tired of drab,” says the designer watching a boat slip into Biscayne Bay. “Everything out there for men is grey, brown, black or navy. We’re not in the Army! That’s why I’m creating my own men’s collection — it’s classic, sporty, sexy…and fun! Like me.” LOL “And, affordable — not cheap, but not so out of reach like some European men’s lines, you only see a few pieces on the street.”

Mr. Wilson knows what he’s talking about. With a 30-year track record that reads like Women’s Wear Daily, he’s worked with the best — from Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Zack Carr, Alixandre Furs, Dana Buchman, Philippe David Dessins to Sean Combs. Look book — www.maxwilson.net

“I’ve been in fashion since I moved to New York from Detroit to study at Parsons School of Design in the ’70s,” he says, eyes atwinkle. [Why is this man not on TV?!] “Now I’m on faculty. It’s all about giving back. I’m mentoring the future fashion designers of America.”

Photos: ©Cyn. Zarco2012

Behind the Scenes in February

Clockwise from top left: Max Wilson at The Standard, Russian Rapper Timati and Paolo Ambu at Babalu Miami, Greg Melvin at The Dutch, Paolo Ambu at The Dutch

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