December 11, 2013
Michael Bastian Fall/Winter 2013 Collection
American luxury designer Michael Bastian was kind enough to share his inspiration for his Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. He takes us on a journey which involves work from the American painter Andrew Wyeth and his dark, spare introspective vision of Maine and New England, including Redwing Blackbirds, American Gothic, the Amish and Maine Coon Cats.
Michael says, “This season, I wanted to explore the darker corner of who the Michael Bastian guy is. As an American menswear designer, I think it’s important to always ground this idea here—In my own country and on my own experiences—so I started the season by studying the works of the American painter Andrew Wyeth who lived and worked in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth’s pictures always invite you to go deeper—what may look like an ordinary portrait always holds darker secrets and invites you to look deeper into his complicated world. His paintings or drawings can be interpreted as lonely, bizarre, peaceful or sensual, but they are never simply what they seem at first glance.”
His color palette includes black, olive, white, red, charcoal, indigo, violet, hunter and orange, to name a few. The fabrications range from brushed tweeds, cotton canvas, corduroy, leather, waxed cotton and heavy shearling. Michael, a perfectionist, continues to collaborate with Stubbs & Wooten for his shoes, Randolph Engineering for his sunglasses and G Frost for the jewelry.
I want to thank Eugenia Gonzales Ruiz-Olloqui at Michael Bastian and Stephanie Leke at Ideas on 8 for providing us with Michael’s vision on the collection. We look forward to collaborating with them, so we can share with our followers the world of Michael Bastian.