Gant by Michael Bastian
February 14, 2012 New York
Whether it was thanks to the memoir aspect or not, Bastian's most personal collection was also his most relatable and winningly lighthearted. The mod mood rang loudest through the soundtrack—Bastian creates a playlist to guide every collection he makes—while the clothes themselves hewed to the popped-collar prep style he tweaks each season. There were standouts among the tailored pieces (a Bastian specialty, both here and at his namesake line), the outerwear, and the knits, but it's almost beside the point to home in on some at the expense of others. The overall impression here was of much: There was scarcely a category not represented, or a look that couldn't be broken down into five or more shoppable pieces. If it's not quite all things to all people, it's the most things for the most possible. That dovetails nicely with Gant's global presence and increasing reach. Perhaps the climb will continue, for Bastian and for Gant. Not for nothing did the clothes on display put you in mind of the halcyon days of The Gap.