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23 posts tagged "Michael Bastian"

The New New Leopard


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

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 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.

Photo: Courtesy of Michael Bastian

Alexander Wang Is GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designer In America


It seems Wang can do no wrong. Alexander Wang, who dipped a toe in the waters of menswear with his T collection for men, was named the winner of GQ‘s annual Best New Menswear Designer in America award, which comes with a mentorship with Dockers, Bloomingdale’s, and the magazine’s editors, and the opportunity to design a piece for a limited-edition Dockers capsule collection. All six nominated labels (T by Alexander Wang, Gant by Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell, Warriors of Radness, Miller’s Oath, and Riviera Club) were fêted at a bash, in New York last night where—before the winner was even announced—GQ creative director Jim Moore took a moment to single out Wang as someone he envisioned growing in the men’s business. “He was doing T-shirts and hoodies, and when we approached him, he said, ‘Don’t you think it’s a little bit early on?’ ” Moore recalled. “I said no, I think you have the potential to be a great American menswear designer. It pushed him to expand his categories.” Alexander Wang and Dockers in the same sentence—sounds like an expansion to us.

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Menswear: What’s Now, What’s New, And What’s Next


The womenswear shows may grab the biggest slice of attention at New York fashion week, but let’s not forget about the menswear designers slated to show over the next few days. Gilt Manual hasn’t. In anticipation of the shows to come, the site checked in with a number of experts, from designers to writers to creative directors, about the current and future state of American men’s fashion. Included among the eminent interviewees is the ever-quotable Tim Blanks (“Clothes are what I wear; fashion is what I want”). Want to see more menswear? Consider this a little reminder that Tim, along with yours truly, will be reviewing all the Fall ’11 menswear shows right here on

Pictured, from left: Spring 2011 looks from Michael Bastian, Duckie Brown, and Simon Spurr.

Photo: Monica Feudi / (Bastian and Duckie Brown);
Yannis Vlamos / (Spurr)

Meet The Gant Girl


When menswear designer Michael Bastian began designing a collection for Gant last season, the rationale behind the merger seemed clear: A designer with a love of classic American sportswear and its idioms taking the reins at a classic American sportswear brand. (Gant is currently Swedish-owned, but never mind that.) And classic American sportswear, emphasis on the sporty, was exactly what they made.

But this season, Bastian and Gant are introducing a women’s collection as counterpoint to the men’s, and the Gant girl—one modeled on Bastian’s publicist, the chic woman-about-town Eugenia Gonzalez Ruiz-Olloqui—is no ladies’ lacrosse player. “It would have been very easy to make her a boiled-down version of what we’re doing for guys and that, I think, would be completely the wrong way to go,” Bastian said. “That, to me, would make her be this guy’s little sister, not his girlfriend. I don’t think most women are so excited by that.”

But a nouveau bombshell? That could be exciting. “I think a lot of younger girls haven’t played around with that persona so much,” he says of bombshell dressing, which strikes the curvier, fifties-inspired note prevalent in the European womenswear collections. For Spring ’11, Bastian took as his icon the seductress to end all seductresses, Marilyn Monroe. “I really wanted it to be about the guys in Marilyn Monroe’s life,” Bastian says of his inspiration this season. “Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller—we kinda smashed them together into one kind of jock-y, kind of nerdy guy.” The lover and the vamp are on display in the new video teaser Bastian shot in Miami for the collection, seen exclusively on Watch them courting in Bastian-designed finery below—and then head for the line’s presentation on September 15, which takes their Niagara Falls honeymoon for its scene.

Elie Tahari Lives Large, Menswear Bulks Up, Ladies Shop Online, And More…


It’s a big day, quite literally, for Elie Tahari: The designer opened a new 2,250-square-foot shop in Saks Fifth Avenue, the largest on the retailer’s fourth floor. “I thought Ron [Frasch, Saks’ president and CMO] was going to give me my own zip code,” Tahari said. [WWD]

And it’s about to be a big week for menswear. According to a rough count, there are 42 men’s presentations and shows scheduled for New York fashion week (not counting coed presentations), making this season the largest for menswear in memory. [WWD]

What do girls want? To shop online for designer clothes. Nothing too strange about that. What is strange is that designers and their reps don’t seem to understand why. [NYT]

Racked applies itself to some heavy-hitting investigative journalism and discovers that the mysterious @FashionWeekNYC Twitterer is…some guy named Nathan Stobezki. Case closed, probably. [Racked]

Good news from fashion’s revolving doors: Vogue‘s Ethel Park has been named T‘s new senior fashion director. [NYT]

Bad news from fashion’s revolving doors: Chloé CEO Ralph Toledano has left the company; designer Hannah MacGibbon is said to be “devastated.” ]Fashionologie]

Photo: Andrew Thomas