Michael Bastian looked to his own time in college for this collection, taking inspiration from old friends and even his younger, ’80s self. You’d think such a specific and highly personal starting point might result in something either too obscure to the outsider or too literal a redux, but we think this collection straddles that line between highly personal and accessible pretty much perfectly. Even better, nothing about it really screams “eighties” except in the vaguest sense that a lot of these looks are based off the preppy styles that characterized part of the decade and has since gone on to become a classic look. So yes; there are plaids and rugby shirts, pullovers and little tweed skirts. But it all feels very of-the-moment and on-the-street; with a slight (and slightly surprising) mod twist to it. Youthful in tone but not restricted to the young, if that makes any sense. Preppy with a hint of hipster.
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