Backstage before his first-ever menswear show, Raph Lauren's nephew Greg Lauren prefaced his collection as a "Noah's Ark" of male archetypes. There were dandies, athletes, suits, and even fishermen, each one disheveled and distressed to the Greg Lauren standard. "I took the opportunity to have a true men's collection, a real story", he explained, noting how in the past he had included men's looks in his women's ready-to-wear shows. "I started by looking at classic male icons, but wanted to redefine them with an artistic, handmade approach", he said. That meant the show was a bit of a mixed bag, from peak-lapel blazers made of tattered linen from old duffel bags to roomy jeans with pieced-together cargo pockets and lots of Lauren's signature military jackets. To the uninitiated, there may be a disconnect between Lauren's threadbare garments and their four-figure price tags. But each scrap of fabric is rare, vintage, and hand-distressed; up close, it's easy to see how that one-of-a-kind quality keeps his customers coming back. New developments this season included extra-long shirts, apron jackets, and new custom-distressed shoes, bags and hats. But some of Greg Lauren's simpler propositions were the most appealing. For example, his "athletes" walked the runway as a team wearing soft fleece joggers, beat-up sneakers, and waffle-knit thermals in cozy shades of cream and gray. "I think athletes are the new military in terms of style", he said. "They're a huge part of our world today". Amar'e Stoudemire was in the front row, but actor/painter Greg Lauren wasn't thinking basketball -his athletes were a "hybrid" between rugby and soccer players. Later in the show, he took a break from his "artistic nomads" to show a twist on eveningwear : a three-piece suit made of rumpled vintage linen. He proposed men wear it to summer beach weddings in lieu of starchy shirts and trousers. Even the guys who aren't quite ready for Greg Lauren's blanket coats and patchwork pants could surely get behind that idea.