Gant by Michael Bastian Fall 2012 Collection
Michael Bastian looked to his own time in college for this collection, taking inspiration from old friends and even his younger, ’80s self. You’d think such a specific and highly personal starting point might result in something either too obscure to the outsider or too literal a redux, but we think this collection straddles that line between highly personal and accessible pretty much perfectly. Even better, nothing about it really screams “eighties” except in the vaguest sense that a lot of these looks are based off the preppy styles that characterized part of the decade and has since gone on to become a classic look. So yes; there are plaids and rugby shirts, pullovers and little tweed skirts. But it all feels very of-the-moment and on-the-street; with a slight (and slightly surprising) mod twist to it. Youthful in tone but not restricted to the young, if that makes any sense. Preppy with a hint of hipster.
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