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Michael Bastian: FW 2010

02/25/2010

For me, Michael Bastian is part of a newly defined American menswear aesthetic. Time Magazine profiled Bastian as one of the “new sartorialists” taking the fashion scene by storm. My favorite thing about the designer is that his experience working for Ralph Lauren and Bergdorf Goodman is so apparent in his work. This is especially true of his Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

There is a relaxed and looser feel that is not totally new for the designer. Only a few pieces (a long camel over coat, a corduroy suit) have the tight tailoring Bastian has shown in the past. I liked the mix of traditional details (i.e. longer bodied suit jacket) with the distressed wash of the light denim. Although the navy and British influence is clearly the focus, I thought that the more satirical Italian elements (toggled shoes, pink socks, snake-skin gloves, embroidered moccasins) were more attention grabbing. The fit of the denim and other trousers is fantastic! It is tight in all the right places without making the models’ legs look like overstuffed sausages. Did anyone else love the Byzantine/medieval sweaters?

Look 16 Michael Bastian FW 2010, via gq.com

Look 26 Michael Bastian FW 2010, via gq.com

The casting for this show was on point. I hope we see a return to men’s men casting soon.

Check out the full collection here.

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