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New York…Michael Bastian

“I give you my love more precious than money” was a quote by Walt Whitman that opened Michael Bastian’s F/W 09 runway presentation. What a loaded quote, not only because the collection was inspired by the romance and comfort of Whitman’s words, but also because Bastian does, indeed, give us his very valuable passion each and every season via strong collections of wearable clothes. An added dose of grungy layering made the collection a bit less precious than before. Outdoorsy-printed cardigans looked natural with a tailored vest, tie and chinos tucked into boots. A Fair Isle toggle sweater was rolled up and layered with knit gloves, frayed chinos and long johns. Bastian is one of the best at finding a seasonal narrative and really making his consumer connect in an emotional way to the clothes that they’re buying. Whitman would approve.

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