Michael Bastian has said that the inspiration for his F/W 2011 line for Gant was a cross country ski gang, which is both hilarious and apt. Last season was preppy, naughty lacrosse boys (naughty, but not like Duke Lacrosse naughty)—so how perfect to look at cross country skiers for winter? The collection is a ribald, playful take on winter-wear, cords tucked into unlaced boots, rakish pullovers, cool flannels, puffy coats and thick woolen sweaters abounding.
As for these last items, when discussing the heritage trends, Bastian had told me at the GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designer awards (for which he was nominated), “How many snowflake sweaters does a guy need to have?” I guess the answer is, Just a few more. But that’s fine, and fitting with a collection that is as warm and snugly as it is hip and sexy.
I love the way Bastian layered his lined denim jackets over plaid oxford shirts, over monochromatic oxfords. And I dug the creative mismatching of a checked wool two-button blazer on top of a zig-zag embroidered sweater, which settled perfectly on top of delicious chocolately cords. I could do without the camo pants, better for snowboarding than a sidewalk, but I loved the way he put a thick, navy double-breasted blazer, with haughty peaked lapels, on top of them; and then stuck that model next to a red-headed female model in a succulent, classic fur anorak.
The whole thing was cute, but devilishly so, and Bastian deserves major kudos, and a pat on his heavily sweatered back for taking Gant in the absolute right direction.
**All photos: IMAXTREE