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Gant by Michael Bastian presented a retro-American Michael Bastian fantasy (minus the usual bits of soft-core porn we've come to expect from the menswear designer) last night on Manhattan's far west side. A champagne-fueled party-presentation; the space was set up as a series of whimsically-titled vignettes—the baseball-themed "Little big league" and "What's your type" featuring stacks of antique books amongst anvil-heavy vintage typewriters. Elsewhere there were mirrored carts topped with prim desserts and rows of antique theater seats upholstered in red velvet—all staged and sitting pretty under a winding series of photographer's spotlights.
The effect was charming, cinematic and fun; and—oh—the big news: The collection represented Bastian's first foray into womenswear. It's absolutely exactly what you'd expect: Preppie and trim, American and sexy, well-fitted and punchy, tongue firmly planted in cheek. We like.
And we really, really liked the eyewear. Apparently it's all Gant by Michael Bastian for Viva International. Hey Viva! Please produce those!
· Gant by Michael Bastian [Official Site]
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