Michael Bastian has taken Gant to school.
Over the past two years, since Michael Bastian took over as the designer of Gant by Michael Bastian, and then relaxed into that job, the brand has experienced one of the great turnarounds in menswear. This year, Mr. Bastian did not disappoint with smart, playful college looks. It was a sartorial swap meet between Harvard and Dartmouth, a showcase of prep and cool.
Girls sported high-volume (yet not exactly loud) plaid and printed trousers, fun striped sweaters, sexy, but restrained skirts (ending mid-thigh) and even the occasional cargo. Boys had raffish blazers (a double-breasted check was a particular winner), faded jeans and thick sweaters that were on the right side of goofy.
The collection, for both sexes, said “I don’t need to sleep with you to get this A, but I will,” and made many viewers wish we’d stuck around in college to try for our PhD, or at very least to get a chance to T.A.