NEW YORK -- Michael Bastian sent a sharp-looking men’s spring-summer 2013 menswear collection down the runway at Milk Studios here on Sept. 9 during New York Fashion Week.
The inspiration: Michael Bastian’s luxe but relaxed wares have always given men a sartorial edge, and this collection more than usual, thanks to a razor-blade motif that could be spotted in intarsia sweaters shirts and Stubbs & Wootton slippers, but overall, while most of the American menswear collections have boarded the preppy train, for spring Bastian (himself no slouch in the preppy-inspired apparel department) has gone in a more workwear-flavored direction.
The look: That meant engineer stripes (also known as railroad stripes or hickory stripes) on jackets, trousers and kepi-style hats (Mr. Kim for Michael Bastian), a quilted packing-blanket vests, horizontal corduroy trousers, and coated linen raincoats. There were also several pieces bearing a giraffe-hide print and a range of trousers, shorts, shirts and sweaters in muted shades of coral, berry and mint.
The scene: Notable attendees included interior designer and TV host Nate Berkus and SoCal-based shoemaker George Esquivel.
The verdict: A razor-sharp collection with a little bit of something for everyone.