For Fall 2012, Michael Bastian took us on a journey through his collegiate years in Boston. During the mid-80’s, during the MOD revival, the collegiate sense of style was still centered around the preppy principle. Drawing from this inspiration, Bastian took a practical approach in translating the era to fashion. Combining functional winter essentials with tailored seasonal fabrics like tweed and corduroy, GANT by Michael Bastian was a representation of prep versus practical.
Parkas, hooded anoraks, and shetland cardigans portrayed the harsh winters that Bostonians experience, while the impressive styling of the collection de-localized the inspiration into a testament of what all men want visually. Bastian also modernized classic looks by adjusting the fit; favorably seen with the slim fit cargo pants and herringbone trousers. The color palette was collegiate in general, linking both university prep and Americana together. On trend with the deep purples of Fall 2012, GANT introduces the color in corduroy pants, and in color ways within plaid and striped fabrics. The women’s collection stood out just as much as the men’s, with sharply tailored blazers and winter performance wear. The leggings with contrasting center stripe were a winner with the styling of the looks, and will definitely be a major seller for the ladies.