Day 3 was the day I most anticipated. Let's put it this way– my dogs first middle name is Bastian (don't judge me). So yea, I'm a fan of his work.
Michael Bastian's showing at New York's first Men's Fashion Week was also his first time showing for women. Job well done, Mikey B. job well done. Personally, I think of Michael Bastian as a mix between Dsquared and Ralph Lauren. Classic Americana, but with a current main stream edge that men want and desire. His Spring/Summer 2016 Collection was no different – he offered lots of obvious multi-use pieces that are easy to place in your closet. From athlete to power broker, polo to double breasted blazer, tassel loafers to high-top kicks… he depicted the new age Bel-air man. Carlton meets Gordon Gekko meets Stephen Curry.
Duck Dynasty has finally made it to the runway – Hey! Uncle Si would be ecstatic:-)
Teen Vogue editor Andrew Bevan
For now I advise all guys to purchase a really nice pair of oxfords and boots. Get one pair of each that you feel you can wear with almost anything. I’ll do a post on my favorite oxfords and boots sometime this month.
photos from: thesartorialist.blogspot.com, facehunter.blogpsot.com, altamiranyc, streetpeeper, jack&jil.
>>>>>>>>>>>> You sexy rugged bastards.
D&G was a direct ode to westerners. Deeply cut and torn jeans, cowboy boots, scarves, studs, aviators, (western shirts), and a color palette of dirt brown and jean blue. As usual, I really enjoyed it. It seems like they’re trying to move the “country look” out west… So no more farmer gear, you need to saddle up. There were moments of the collection that became too much… like the heavily studded jacket and a few of the combinations were a bit uncomplimentary. But overall, I rocks wit D&G… I deeply appreciate any designers that ‘s bringing back the masculinity into male fashions.
And I can’t do D&G without touching on Dolce and Gabanna. Their collection? Sexy, sexy, sexy all in black and white (with a bit of blue). Fancy-smancy, arrogant, and elegant; a stark contrast to the cool-headed ruggedness of D&G, except for the insertions of severely ripped jeans. The highlights of the collection would undoubtedly be the well-tailored suits- the cut, the fit, the decor-ed simplicity… rocks my world.
>>>>>>>>>>> Savannah boy meets the Cali sun.
I am an avid fan of Etro. No one quite does patterns and colors like them. And as far as Spring 2010 goes… they absolutely did not disappoint. Think 70s beach bum with alot of money and great taste- and he, the lavish beach bum that is, wears ensembles that only he can get away with. The phrase “often imitated, but never duplicated” comes to mind, lol. The collection is engulfed with varying shades of ocean blues, while other bright “psychedelic” hues are used as accents. I see a sort of story when viewing Etro’s Spring collection, “In 1978, A man from the South, perhaps Savannah, Georgia decides he wants to move to California. He wants to adapt to their style, but keep his own style at the same time, so he decides to mix a little of his southern dandiness with california fun. He finds himself mingling with local residents, and people instantly like him, his southern charm has made the transition from east coast to west coast rather easy. The southerner in Cali soon becomes consumed with life being synonymous with bon-fires at the beach. And his new style depicts his latest philosophy, “look good, be easy, have fun”. The end, lol.
(I love that they used the Andre Benjamin look-a-like/ Benjamin Bixby model…
he’s really cute ( I know you guys don’t want to hear that, lol)
designers, puh-leez, lets put him in more shows).
Let me just point out once again that I LOVE the models they used… seriously, they’re all sort of like that really attractive guy you know, who’s incredibly handsome, well-mannered, and just has that intrinsic style (and swag- sorry for using the “banned” word, lol). And most of all he has that type of aura that make all the girls want to date him and all the guys want to be his best friends… I know that’s a really vivid long-winded description, but hey I had to say something about it.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> “On my honor, I will do my best…”
Boy Scout Boy Scout do your duty… lol. That childhood song came to mind when I first flipped through Dsqaured’s Spring Collection. And guys, let me just go on record as saying, “Dsquared never disappoints.” It’s like they have people from every background (street wear, high fashion, etc) thinking up what to do for the next season. Which allows them to always cohesively incorporate several of the current and upcoming trends into their collection, making the ownership of one of their pieces an absolute must.
I mean, omg (sorry had a girl moment), they hit it right on the head… this is EXACTLY next spring… the patches, the water gear, the camping, the buttons, the colors- still bright but a bit more subdued. And they still managed to embed that nerd, Steve Urkle element – with the glasses, pocket protectors, and unintentional messiness, but now the nerd is just swagged out. Definitely one of my favorite collections so far, the only way it could have been better is if they picked better models (the guys were good, but they kind of looked the same- next time borrow Etro’s models).
(sidenote: i also like this collection because I had an impromptu girl scout inspired photoshoot back in February with the same overall theme, so I find this “male version” oh-so-cool)
Okay boys, that’s all for now, I’ll have more reviews later.
Photos courtesy of WWD (click links above to view more of the collections)
Don. (aka deadstock don)
Taz Arnold. (a rapper/artist, has a line called Ti$a)
Chris Julian. (Owner FRUITION in Las Vegas)
Fonzworth Bentley.(host of from g’s to gents)
Virgil Abloh. (a creative force/ PASTELLE designer of sorts)
Ferrai Murakami. (his barber) (not featured here)
there’s more depending on the day, the time, the moment.
*These guys pretty much refer to themselves as the G.O.O.D. Music/ Pastelle Fam. So basically everyone you see him rolling with is pretty much helping him with the label in some way or another.
Taz, well if you know anything about the dude he just dresses over the top- that’s him. Fonzworth he’s staying true to himself and continues to make us proud by looking like a true dapper southern-bred gentleman (Georgia-bred to be specific). And Kanye, well he just has a love for labels and that’s just how some people are, but I’m pretty sure with age he will transcend the labels. And the other guys, well I don’t really know their history per se, but from what I’ve been learning about them they seem to just be “doing them”. They all may be turning it up a few degrees for fashion week, but hey Kanye’s trying to launch a label so they’re getting ALOT of publicity from this… and from what it seems they will surely have a superb line.
Sidenote: seriously though, these guys have style in their own way… I’ll do an individual profile on each of them later.