Gant by Michael Bastian Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 17, 2012

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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  • Patrick Cleary

    One of each of every single one of the men’s fashions, please. Have them delivered to my suite.

  • Mori Clark

    me likey, especially the girl looks- looks like theyd size up comfortably, too. do want!!

  • Anonymous

    Was the backdrop designed to make me want to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia?

    I like preppy elements, so these looks work for me. I like that it isn’t straight-up prep, but either edgier or more casual.

    • Anonymous

      SNORT!  Love this comment.  xo

  • Anonymous

    I like the girl looks!   The collection is 80’s reminisent but not oversplashed with neon colors and obnoxious accessories.  It reminds me of  St.  Elmo’s fire and The Breakfast Club (lesser extent).  The menswear looks clean and wearable, and the ladies clothing looks easy and uncomplicated to wear.   I can’t pull off the linear tights- but they sure are cute!

    • Ginger

      See, I’m getting a Duckie vibe a la Pretty in Pink from some of the menswear.  All in all an awesome collection!  

  • Anonymous

    I think he’s totally nailed this collection.  Want the grey double breasted so badly.  And one each of the men’s trousers…especially the green plaid and the red!

  • rococodada

    A little Haircut100, some Girbaud jeans and the weekend high school ski-trip is coming up!!! -that’s my impression.

    • Amy Fee Garner

      I miss my Girbauds so, so much.  And the 80s.

  • Anonymous

    The grey cape/sweater (cater? swape?) is hilarious. I can just picture Mondo and Austin Scarlet having a big catfight over who gets dibs. 

    • MilaXX

       and while they are fighting Kurt from Glee runs in and snaps it up.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a manscape  😉

  • Geoff Dankert

    I just can’t with the piano-keys scarf, but the parkas are to DIE. Just not sure they can be worn by those of us who are, ahem, “of a certain age” (>30).

    • Anonymous

      Why can’t men over 30 wear parkas?  I live in the mountains.  Everyone wears a parka here.

    • Anonymous

      haha – also – I TOTALLY had a piano keys scarf in the 80’s.  It was maroon with black and white keys on it.  My best friend had the black and white version of it.  We played duets in every school talent show on the piano and were dueling keyboardists in the Jazz band!  I had totally forgotten about it until I saw this comment!

    • Anonymous

      Well give it to me, I like the scarf! And ditto on the parka in the mountains comment below; last I looked, you didn’t need a youth permit to wear one.

    • Amy Fee Garner

      Let’s bring back the scarf!  An octogenarian pianist of my acquaintance wears one in this season, without irony, and looks dashing as ever.  Do it!

  • Anonymous

    love, love, love the tight cargos.  

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I thought at first, too. But then I realized it’s what’s inside those tight cargos that I love.


  • Anonymous

    Yes, it does make sense. The clothes feel youthful, but not so much so that there’s nothing here for those of us who remember the 80s very well.
    For myself, I’d like all of the short skirts, the jacket with red piping and the jacket in the last look.
    For the boyfriend, I’d like the coat and shoes in the first look and the entire look with the red parka.

  • Anonymous

    My eyes hurt, and I feel a little crazy…

  • Allen Robert

    Love it. 

  • Terence Ng

    I could never wear these, but everything on those guys? I. WANT. Them.

  • Anonymous

    Love the shoes on the header image (for my husband). Want the red-striped navy stockings for myself, and several of the skirts. This is very versatile, wearable, but still stylish stuff.

    • Nancy Williams

       Yeah, I’m gonna end up paying way too much for a pair of those tights!

  • Anonymous

    Oh I really like all of this!  Having just gone on a rant this morning over @ GFY about the 80’s and how the kids should respect their elders this feels hypocritical but: This is really the best of the preppy 80’s and early 90’s the stuff that was good enough to become classic.  In a way it kind of makes me happy that this is back because I tend to dress this way anyway.  And I can actually convince my husband to wear “fashion” if this is out there.

  • MilaXX

    LOVE this entire collection and would kill for those tights.

  • butter nut

    give me everything now please! thank you!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Well, I like it. 

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    That last pair of pants is making me all hot and bothered.

  • Lulu Lafurge

    All of this stuff looks straight out of the ’70s preppie look. Not that that’s a bad thing.

    And, hey, what woman doesn’t look great in cargo pants with side pockets?

  • Anonymous

    I NEED those plaid pants.  They are essential to my fashion life.

  • Duane Russell

    I have learned a serious lesson here.  STYLING is everything.  I wasn’t expecting much, because Gant is not a big fashion house (and I see them way too much at TJ Maxx, etc.).  But these looks surprised me, in a good way.  I went back and looked at the individual pieces and realized, these are just basic mall clothes.  What makes them look sooo good is the way they are put to together.  The young, pretty people wearing them help an awful lot too.

    Also, these clothes actually FIT the models.  I don’t know how many times per day, I see men wearing something too loose and women wearing something too tight,

    You really don’t have to spend a million bucks to look great (especially as a man).  But the clothes must actually fit YOU and your outfit should be put together well.

  • Anonymous

    One of every men’s item please. Can I have them pre-styled so I don’t have to any work? 😛

  • Anonymous

    I wish they’d stop pushing up the sleeves of things.  If you don’t want things on your lower arms, then wear a short sleeved thing.  I was surprised that they didn’t push up the sleeves of that parka.  Besides that, I have to say I love these clothes.  Just with the sleeves DOWN. 

  • Anonymous

    How fabulous — I’ll take the black and white checkered pants (for women) and the tights with the stripe down the front!!

  • Anonymous

    I want them all. ALL

  • Anonymous

    the backgrounds are too nauseating for me to process the clothes

  • Anonymous

    even i like some of this so it’s gotta be good cos i hated the 80s.
    & it is good–you are correct, it’s surely not strict 80s, it’s an update which does them much better. i particularly like the red tiered skirt w/ the black & white tights. thats wonderful.

  • Anonymous

    Not really digging the women’s stuff, but I do like the windowpane jacket and even the piano scarf.

  • Anonymous

    While I generally like this a lot, it really strikes me as a bunch of thrift store separates.  I live in Portland, OR, and I see basically these same ensembles EVERY DAY.  (And, I’m willing to bet, at about 1/50th the price.)  Having said that, I’ll add that I would kick a puppy for that gray coat in the very first picture.  It is gorg!

  • Anonymous

    Those piped tights are singing to me.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my God I think I love this.  It’s so painfully hipster, and yet…

  • Anonymous

    The term you’re looking for is prepster. I kinda like some of the wackier mens’ looks, but most of this I kind of hate. (I don’t think it’s badly done or bad fashion, it’s just soooooooo reminiscent of the way girls dressed at my high school, I, ugh).

    That said, I really want the black tights with the white stripe and the blue tights with the red stripe.

  • Vera

    OMG!!! Those tights with the stripe in front.  Perhaps I can afford those. Loving the entire collection.

  • Anonymous

    Very comfortable, expensive casual wear. Nothing earth shattering.

  • Pennymac

    “preppy with a hint of hipster” sums it up perfectly. I feel like I could thrift store shop for these looks and recreate them for far less money. And cut off cargo pants on the runway? No thanks.

  • Delysia LaFosse

    The womenswear isn’t doing anything for me, but I like a lot of the men’s pieces. There’s nothing amazing, but I know a lot of guys who would really like these looks.

  • Melvis Velour

    I know I’m probably going to get hissed at but seriously folks, you pretty much can put this together from Old Navy and and thrift store for probably a hell of a lot less…

  • Anonymous

    I’m loving the cable knits and the tweed.  The layering goes a bit overboard at times, though.  Maybe that’s just because I live in Texas, where it’s only cool enough to layer this much maybe one or two weeks a year.

  • Pterodactyl111

    I think I need some plaid pants.

  • e jerry powell

    I’m forty-three.  I’ve worn all of this once already, and gave it all to Goodwill in 1996.