Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
New York: For S/S 11, the season of mixed themes, Michael Bastian looked back on the last four years of his collections, presenting some of the best elements. All-American classics, athletic jock looks, sartorial tradition and utilitarian ruggedness combined under an overarching theme that read more “Navy SEALS” than “East Coast Prep”. Bastian’s all-seasons basics like boxer-lined corduroy shorts and front cargo pocket pants remained, while suede bomber jackets, worn with colorful chinos, loafers and a knit tie brought interesting juxtaposition. Intarsia sweaters with scuba diver motifs, graphic T-shirts, sexy swimwear and the use of waterproof plastic zippers were literal aquatic interpretations. For the first time, Bastian ventured away from tartan plaids (although they were present on tailored jackets and shorts), favoring subtle animal prints on shorts, woven shirts, neckwear and even flip-flops (designed in collaboration with Havaianas). In an industry of fly-by-night collections, Bastian refreshingly remains an American designer who knows what he does best.
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