22 posts tagged "Michael Bastian"
Michael Bastian’s Barneys Collection, Ralph Rucci Cancels His Runway Show, DVF’s Spring Campaign, And More…
CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Michael Bastian has collaborated with Barneys on a fully outfitted suit collection. The line will feature slim, modern tailoring ideal for an emerging market of young professionals who want to avoid an “anonymous baggy ‘going to work’ suit.” Pieces, available online and in Barneys stores, will be priced 20 percent lower than Bastian’s namesake line. [Michael Bastian]
Ralph Rucci is opting for private showroom meetings rather than a runway show this season. His sister and communications director, Rosina Rucci, stated that his time slot, conflicting with the Tommy Hilfiger show, was not a factor in the decision. Chado Ralph Rucci was scheduled to show on February 12. [WWD]
Diane von Furstenberg’s new Spring ’12 campaign recollects work by Surrealist artists Salvador Dalí and Magritte. The campaign places models in desert landscapes, obscured by a mirror covering the face. Von Furstenberg is known to be a collector of the late Dali’s art. [Telegraph]
The Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography has announced its ten fashion design candidates for the 27th annual competition. From April 27-30, the global group of designers from Estonia to Argentina will showcase their work to a panel of judges, presided over by Yohji Yamamoto. Hyères is known for embracing emerging avant-garde talent—last year’s jury consisted of Raf Simons, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, and Style.com’s Tim Blanks.
Using hand-sewn Mexican fabrics supplied by Museo Textil De Oaxaca, the designers behind 12 different lines, including Eddie Borgo, Wes Gordon, Thakoon, and Michael Bastian, have each created limited-edition pieces for tonight’s Project Paz gala and silent auction in New York, which will raise money to promote peace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. “It was important to me to get involved because the level of violence that occurs in Cuidad Juárez is truly inhuman,” Peter Som tells Style.com. Of the design assignment, Som says, “There weren’t any guidelines —the fabric was a beautiful canvas for me to create with.” What he made was a dress using fabric from the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with touches of his spring rose print.
Of his design, Phillip Lim says, “I think all too often society is very dismissive of technique and artisanal history —they take what they want and discard things very quickly —so I wanted this piece to respect tradition. I tried to do this by having the biker jacket embrace the Rebozo —it almost has it in its arms.” Here, Style.com has the exclusive first look at the designs, photographed by Ruven Afanador. The pieces are available during and after the event on L-Atitude.
Louis Vuitton is getting its feet wet with a new service: made-to-order shoes. The French luxury brand will unveil the project with a dinner hosted by Luchino Visconti di Modrone (nephew of the legendary filmmaker) in Milan during men’s fashion week. [WWD]
Great Scot—it’s Jonathan Saunders (again). The designer, who showed his Resort collection in New York last week, won the Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards last night for the second year in a row. [Vogue.U.K.]
The kitchen and couture don’t always mix—Food Network chef Giada de Laurentiis should know. The chef has offered up some insider tips on avoiding snags in the kitchen. [WSJ]
Want to be the next Phillip Lim? Gen Art, the company responsible for jump-starting the careers of Lim and Zac Posen, is back in action after going bankrupt over a year ago. They are now on the hunt for emerging designers for the New York and Los Angeles Fresh Faces in Fashion show. [Gen Art]
How much would you pay to wear the pants? CFDA menswear award winner Michael Bastian has spent the past few years trying to figure out the answer. After a few years of $540 khakis, he’s changed his production and managed to slash prices for his eponymous line. [NYT]
The weather forecast remains uncertain, but hell or high water, I’m making for the beach this weekend—and if all goes according to plan, in a new suit, too. More and more labels are getting the message that guys don’t want knee-length trunks any more; cuts this season are slimmer and shorter. My favorites are turn-the-dial-up-even-further with wild colors and wilder prints (like iconic British artist Alan Aldridge’s lolly-licking series for the luxury line Orlebar Brown). My favorites, above.
Clockwise from top left: Vilbrequin morae sea urchin swim shorts, $230, available at MrPorter.com; Alan Aldridge for Orlebar Brown Bulldog classic beach short, $295, available at OrlebarBrown.com; Steven Alan North Print swim short, $105, available at StevenAlan.com; Saturdays Surf Grannis board short, $75, available at SaturdaysNYC.com; Gant by Michael Bastian side-stripe swim trunks, $125, available at Barneys.com
Michael Bastian doesn’t have time for a vacation anytime soon. At yesterday’s launch for the unisex flip-flops he designed in collaboration with Havaianas—and used for his Spring ’11 show—the designer (and CFDA award nominee) admitted with a sigh he won’t make it to the beach this summer. Shame for him, good for us: His schedule’s busier than usual as he prepares to get his Gant collection and his namesake collection ready for New York fashion week this September. (The Bastian collection wasn’t shown on the runway last season.) New York’s menswear designers have been decamping for Europe more and more lately—Yigal Azrouël and Phillip Lim are the latest two—owing to skewed production and sales schedules; men’s collections are typically done and sold by the time New York fashion week rolls around. But don’t look for Bastian to head east any time soon. It’s New York to the bitter end, he told Style.com.
The flip-flops he designed come in four versions: two printed with Day-Glo bright divers, and two with a new take on leopard. (They’re all available now on Havaianas.com.) In general, Bastian said, “I’m not a leopard guy,” but his camouflage twist on the style—his favorite among the four—hits the butch-with-a-twist note he plays so successfully with his collections. (The leopard camo appeared this Spring as a print on shorts and pants, too.) And at $38, he joked, the flip-flops are the most affordable items he’s ever attached his name to. Not only that, they’re multipurpose. “Great for swatting flies,” he added with a laugh.