Michael Bastian Shows F/W 2015 Collection In Milan

One of the surest signs that a designer is gaining confidence is his/her willingness to recall label classics. Michael Bastian is showing his Fall/Winter 2015 collection in Milan this week, and the collection features many MB signatures. Count them: whimsical cartoon motifs; obscure literary references; dutiful nods to American athleticism; familiar military influences; and even cameos by MB x Frank Clegg leather goods in new iterations.

Michael Bastian F/W 2015 is a tour de force indeed:

Michael Bastian Could Usher In New Era

Michael Bastian is used to punching above his weight in New York, and the latest news out of that city proves no exception. Recall that MB skipped a September show this year.

Now, as many outlets report, the CFDA may be considering the introduction of a “Men’s Fashion Week” in 2015. From here:

With the exception of the relatively few New York-based designers who can afford to pack up and showed small presentations in Paris during the June European men’s shows (which is a significant expense for young b[r]ands) or those that have moved to showing in these cities altogether, U.S. designers will have to wait until September to show their S/S 2015 collections, and this is actually quite detrimental to their businesses.

The staging of a New York Men’s Week (or several days) each January and June (in line with the European show schedule) would be worthwhile for several reasons, but maybe most importantly, New York-based designers are at a substantial disadvantage in terms of buying. . . .

And here:

Men’s collections have never been a huge focus at New York Fashion Week, partly because the timing is all off. NYFW takes place in September and February, but menswear buyers place orders in the summer, after the shows in Europe. “One of the biggest puzzles in the industry is why we’re showing menswear on the runway three months after we’ve bought it,” Bloomingdale’s men’s fashion director Kevin Harter told the New York Times. . . .

As you can see, MB’s influential voice could clearly usher in a new era in American menswear. But that really shouldn’t be surprising to anybody who follows ‘My Affair’.

Michael Bastian Makes Socks

The holiday season is upon us, which means, inter alia, figuring out how to placate friends & family with gifts.

One great source of such gifts is Michael Bastian’s collection with Soxiety — MB’s collection features cashmere/wool-blended socks made in Italy. The socks are simple, with their familiar striped design (think athletic but elevated). Available here.

Stuff those stockings.

Michael Bastian Enters The Smartwatch Fray

From here:

[MB] did something very clever in [t]his partnership with HP that has yielded three styles of smartwatch. . . .

The result is a trio of watches, called the MB Chronowing, with sleek, stainless-steel 44-millimeter casings and rugged straps (army-green nylon, black rubber, and perforated brown leather). The limited-edition model features an alligator strap, all-black PVC plating, and an authenticity card signed [by MB].

MB has been known to favor timepieces from Piaget and Audemars Piguet for his runway shows, and this line-up is no less impressive in terms of style and utility.

He has also personally promoted the line, appearing on Fox Business’ Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo (yes). The watches are now available on Gilt.