Bryan Ray
Men's style with a swagger

GOODBYE waxed eyebrows, hello mustache wax? On the runways of the fashion capitals and on the streets of Silver Lake, Venice and Brooklyn, designers and young guns alike are staking out a new frontier: a post-metrosexual ruggedness that's all about woolen vests, chambray shirts, crisp-legged denim and manly man belts. Oh, and sporting the kind of facial hair usually seen on a box of Smith Brothers cough drops. Call it Modern Maverick: Western style rendered as cool rather than as costume. Swaggeringly butch with a self-aware wink, this fashion leap from retro to antique conjures mythic representations of masculinity from the late 1800s to the Depression: the gunslinger; the...