Brett David, the maitre d' at New York's Lower East Side eatery The General, in red plaid pants and a maroon velvet jacket. Click for more photos

Real men hit the catwalk

Brett David, the maitre d' at New York's Lower East Side eatery The General, in red plaid pants and a maroon velvet jacket.

  • Brett David, the maitre d' at New York's Lower East Side eatery The General, in red plaid pants and a maroon velvet jacket.
  • Radio DJ Trey Morgan sported one of Fenici's silk bow ties.
  • Entrepreneur Jonathan Stein, who co-founded VNV Media, looked ready to attend a wedding.
  • CommVault corporate account manager Tyson Hempel was also classically attired.
  • Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, a member of the Global Entrepreneurs Council at the United Nations, shows a different side.
  • Henry Stimler, the owner of New York restaurant Jezebel, shone in a metallic suit jacket.
  • Charles Ferri, CEO of Star Vodka, sports plaid pants and floppy bow tie..
  • Joshua Kaston, VP of Financial Alliance, donned a classic three-piece suit in shades of blue and black.
  • Nolcha president Arthur Mandel proudly wore a cravat.
  • Matthew Tollin, founder of wireLawyer.com, featured the all-white look.

Most fashion designers hire young, slender models to stomp down the runways in their Fashion Week presentations.

But bespoke menswear designer Michael Fenici wanted to showcase pieces from his latest evening wear collection on the type of men he designed them for, not "22-year-olds with six-packs" from a modeling agency.

With the help of Nolcha Fashion Week's founder, Fenici found nearly a dozen New York businessmen to sport his hand-made suits at his runway show. They ranged from the CEO of Star Vodka to the founder of wireLawyer.com.

Fenici, who is based in Lebanon, flew to New York three months before the show to meet and measure his models. It took him about three weeks to finish the collection, which included plaid paints, tuxedos, and floppy bow ties.

For guys with no experience on a runway, Fenici's real-life models looked pretty good at his fashion show at Chelsea Piers.

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