23 posts tagged "Michael Bastian"
There’s nothing like a sodden week in spring to make a city dweller dream of the beach. The sun. The surf. The salt air. The lifeguards. The appeal of those bronzed, zinc-nosed gods of the shoreline is one photographer Matt Albiani and designer Michael Bastian understand implicitly. Albiani has spent the past four years shooting lifeguards all across America, from Oahu to Nantucket, photos that are now collected in his new book Lifeguard on Duty. Coincidentally, Albiani was wrapping up work on the book just as Bastian was seizing a lifeguard inspiration for his Spring ’09 menswear collection. Great minds think alike, apparently—and now Bastian and Albiani have joined forces, launching Lifeguard on Duty with an event at Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s shop this evening. (Later this month, the duo will be toasting the tome at the Los Angeles boutique Confederacy.) Here, Bastian and Albiani talk to Style.com about Baywatch, California dreams, and beauty and the beach.
Most people hear the word “lifeguard” and immediately think: Baywatch. Suffice it to say, that’s not the vibe either of you are conjuring.
Michael Bastian: Well, we all grew up watching Baywatch, it’s true. But my whole lifeguard fixation started with the seventies movie Lifeguard, with Parker Stevenson. It’s about a college kid who works as a lifeguard over the summer…Matt, that was kind of your experience, right?