For seasons, I’ve been trying to get invited to see Michael Bastian’s collection. This season, a day before the show was set to show, an email appeared in my inbox, letting me know I was invited to the show. Held at Exit Art, the show was attended by menswear most notably folks. Everyone from Jim Nelson at GQ to Brad Goreski, male stylist formerly of Rachel Zoe. Bastian was also one of the few designers that actually designed a set. Chandeliers, a live tree, and a ginormous mirror fit for a KING adorned the stage.
The collection. Quite honestly the best menswear show I’ve seen all fashion week. Its no wonder that Michael Bastian won best menswear designer last year. Michael Bastian’s approach to menswear is not only trend right, but he makes something for every kind of a man. For the guy who wants to push the envelope, for the guy who loves to layer, for the guy who loves americana and heritage.. he has it all and its damn good.
The theme for this season: “THE MUST HAVE LIST”. As he told me backstage, there was a select few of guys who were used as “seat fillers” if you will. They were impeccably dressed and whenever dinner parties or socialite gatherings were missing a seat, these guys would be called on. The idea of this man inspired his collection. From the colored bottoms, the fair isle sweaters, the Charlie Brown squiggle sweater and the chalk pinstripe pants, the collection was a balanced take on masculine and trend right fashion for men. We saw the trends of the “mascot” used on scarves and sweaters, we saw tribal and baja print subtly done on gloves and trim on the garments.
Check out my favorite pieces from the collection below.