Gant by Michael Bastian Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 16, 2011

Gant by Michael Bastian Spring 2012 Collection

The world of fashion has a fairly well-deserved reputation for taking itself a bit too seriously, so it was something of a respite to leave the tents at Lincoln Center for a bit, head downtown, and have a couple cocktails while wandering around the Gant presentation. The mood, like the clothes, was light and fun. We can think of no better way to illustrate that (aside from the following pictures) than by telling you that the music chosen for this Hawaiian-themed presentation included not only the classic theme to Hawaii 5-0, but also the Brady Bunch singing “Sunshine Day,” and BELIEVE US, after hearing The Rapture’s “How Deep Is Your Love” played at about 30 different runway shows in one week, that light tone was just what we needed. The clothes themselves are a fun blend of ’70s and ’80s styles, with a little bit of hippie, a little bit of surfer, and a shot of preppy running throughout. Just a bunch of fun, accessible, youthful pieces in just about every bright color imaginable on cute (and refreshingly diverse, i.e., not all white) people. Plus, men not afraid to show their thighs. What’s not to love?

Gant by Michael Bastian Spring 2012 Collection

Gant by Michael Bastian Spring 2012 Collection

Gant by Michael Bastian Spring 2012 Collection

Gant by Michael Bastian Spring 2012 Collection
[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • http://twitter.com/dodgefan Lisa Weaver

      Wow! Seeing SMILES on the models has to be the most refreshing style choice of all! This collection is making me miss summer already.

      • Anonymous

        This was the first thing I thought, too!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1179915364 Ellery Johnson

        Agreed!

      • Anonymous

        Exactly what I thought. Very refreshing.

    • Anonymous

      I know its not, but the very last male model on the stairs looks quite like Adrian Pasdar.

      What a fun collection!

    • Anonymous

      Uh, Gee…Showing my age here but, I could put together some of these looks by digging through the back of my closet. Not the aqua lipstick, though. Love the colors but I loved them the first time around, too.

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I was thinking; the looks are like what I would have thrown together during summer vacation to wear around the house or to the movies.  Fun, yes, but I bet the prices are astonishing for these kinds of looks.

    • Anonymous

      It is all very cute and fun. I like the bright preppy + hippie vibe.

      Did all the female models eat brightly colored cookies before they hit the show?

    • scottyf

      Imagine, if you will, a chubby little ten-year-old black boy walking down a street in the ‘Hood singing “Sunshine Day” and knowing every word and all of the choreography.

      I was asking for an ass-kicking.

      Clothes are cute, though.

      • Anonymous

        I love you, Scotty F.  Imagine your pasty white counterpart doing the same in John Deere country.  I, also, was . . . um, “unpopular.”

      • Anonymous

        My childhood oddities were far less likely to result in physical abuse but so many of us had them.

        You turned into such a great person (at least judged by your participation with the minionry) that I hope you’re having the last laugh.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

          In Argentina we had this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6sPgmV5Dd0 they’re from Spain… they looked like railroad workers on a candy train. Adorable right? …. right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Vella/666619877 Matthew Vella

      Yay they look great! A little quirky but nice :) Its so hard to find interesting stuff to wear as a guy (without looking like a total douche)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Vella/666619877 Matthew Vella

      Yay they look great! A little quirky but nice :) Its so hard to find interesting stuff to wear as a guy (without looking like a total douche)

    • Anonymous

      I feel like I’m 13 years old again, looking at a “Seventeen” magazine.  I mean that as a compliment.  This is nostalgic and fun and wearable!

      I’m loving the lip colors and the facepaint.  What was that stuff called that we used in the late 80′s?  The zinc oxide sunscreen stuff that came in bitchin’ neon colors?  That’s going to drive me crazy.

      • Andrea Rossillon

        Zinka, but of course!

        • Anonymous

          YES!

    • Anonymous

      I feel like I’m 13 years old again, looking at a “Seventeen” magazine.  I mean that as a compliment.  This is nostalgic and fun and wearable!

      I’m loving the lip colors and the facepaint.  What was that stuff called that we used in the late 80′s?  The zinc oxide sunscreen stuff that came in bitchin’ neon colors?  That’s going to drive me crazy.

    • Anonymous

      Love the androgyny, love the thighs, hate the lipstick.

    • Anonymous

      Love the androgyny, love the thighs, hate the lipstick.

    • http://twitter.com/sariebee sariebee

      #15 is overly geegawed on the head. Otherwise, cute.

    • http://twitter.com/sariebee sariebee

      #15 is overly geegawed on the head. Otherwise, cute.

    • Rand Ortega

      So cute! That rugby shirt dress is to die! The outfit w/ the denim shirt, white capri’s & sandals looks like it was ripped right off of Michael Kors’ husband’s body.

      • Anonymous

        ditto on the rugby dress love!

      • Anonymous

        Yes! I had that in t-shirt. Went perfect with my Endless Summer poster & the stick on wall-flowers.

        What do you call those colors anyway? LUV them still.

    • Anonymous

      It’s fine, colorful, youthful fluff.  It should sell well and be good in some editorials.  however, as much as I defend and enjoy a man sandal, these things with the single toe loop and strap to the ankle are just ugly.

      • Anonymous

        Those are buffalo hide sandals made in India.  I haven’t seen a pair of them since my last pair gave up the ghost in 1971. :)

    • Anonymous

      What’s not to love? Metholated corpse lips. 

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I have a weakness for florals and want that dark blue sweater five rows down.  

      I fear I’m on the wrong side of 40 to get away with it though – I suspect there’s a fine line between being a hipster and merely looking frumpy!

    • Anonymous

      Fun, preppy, and youthful. Everything you would expect from Gant.

    • Anonymous

      The sandals in picture 9 are never ok, though!

      • Anonymous

        Amen!  Shower sandals.  Totally **hate** them!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      pretty, fun and feels like the physical equivelent of sunshine.

    • Anonymous

      More than a little bit preppy, but I bet this is going to be all over everywhere.

    • MilaXX

      It’s kind of refreshing to see models with actual smiles on their faces.

    • Margot Brose

      SMILING MODELS! who would think of such a thing?!

    • Anonymous

      Love it.  There might even be a couple of pieces I could make work for my 45 year old self.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, but with the popped collars and the colored plastic sunglasses it just reads Douche Design all over. Maybe if you tore some of the individual parts away and actually wore them like a sane adult, there might be something. However if I wanted to look like a Twink on Fire Island trying too hard at the Sip N Twirl, I’d be all over it. 

      • Anonymous

        Love “Douche Design”!  Reverse the words, throw in an accent aigu, and you’d have a brand.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely love this collection–the clothes, the attitude of the models, everything.  Makes me happy just looking at these photos.  Wearable with a kick!

    • Anonymous

      Six rows down, girl with the khaki bermudas and blazer: J’adore.

      Of course, I also noticed that she’s wearing Isabel Toledo wedges for Payless that I wanted.

      Now, I only need the clothes, the body, the hair, the color, the attitude. She can keep the blue lipstick

      • Anonymous

        I loved that look too.  I just want spring to be here so I can recreate it..for a whole lot less

    • Anonymous

      I had no idea this brand still existed. I would not have thought it a fashion brand. My husband taught school in the seventies and owned about 30 Gant shirts, all !00% cotton and needing to be ironed! I was not a fan and found someone to iron them for mere pennies per shirt.

      These are cute but look more like student looks than teacher’s. I don’t think I want to know what they cost now though.

    • Anonymous

      Fun and fresh, is it spring yet?

    • Anonymous

      I’m trying to understand it, but I’m failing.  This is Not My Thing.

    • Anonymous

      nice to see thighs again..I hate the midcalf short look on guys..let’s face it NOBODY looks good in them…fun youthful line….a little young for me, but could cherry pick….and they all look nourished! Huzzah!

    • pdobiel

      LOVE.EVERYTHING!

      As a child of the 80s myself just seeing these pics puts a smile on my face.  And ITA with other posters, seeing the models smile, or at the very least look like they aren’t in pain, is such a nice change.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      very very early izod 80s, even the 70sish stuff is filtered thru that particular haze.
      you guys mustve had a way better time than i did during the cusp & then the downturn.

    • Anonymous

      Glad to see some bigger muscles on the guys, the waif is so not my type. and yes i think that designers should use my ideal because I am happy. 

    • Anonymous

      these have an old benneton feel to them. Nice

      • Lisa

        Yes!

    • Anonymous

      the lipstick choice is seriously weird, but it’s cute in a “shopping with my daddy’s black amex card” kind of way

    • Anonymous

      Very 80s.  Esprit and Beneton come to mind.  

    • akprincess72

      I hate the turquoise lipstick, seriously hate….

    • Anonymous

      Am I the only one baffled by picture 9?  Looks like a random t-shirt with the sleeves cut off worn with no pants.  I’m really not sure what to make of it.

    • Anonymous

      Yay for spring/summer fun (as I have to start turning up the heat). Fresh and fun should always be in style. It just makes me smile. And don’t you love the smiling models? But I just gotta ask, what is with aqua tank top boy? I don’t get it. 

    • Addicted2Glamour

      Like totally fun and wearable, for sure. Seriously, having lived through that era, if I see ONE MORE POPPED COLLAR.,,,