Michael Bastian More Suitable Than Ever

So proclaims this Wall Street Journal feature:

Michael Bastian democratizes dress-up with his dapper new collection

A suit that has personality. That flatters the chest and shoulders without costing an arm and a leg. This elusive wardrobe staple may now be an easy get, thanks to designer Michael Bastian and Barneys.

Starting this month, the fashion-forward department store is offering suits by Mr. Bastian, who’s made a name for himself in menswear with his bracing blend of Italian tailoring and sporty, unstudied American cool. Two years ago, Mr. Bastian stepped toward the mainstream with a line (one he still designs) for the preppy label Gant. Now, for Barneys, he’s retooling the suit […]

‘My Affair’ intends to purchase at least one of these MB x Barneys suits — put your money where your mouth is, right?

Our very own Michael Bastian also appears in this uproarious Refinery29 contribution:

No matter the season, you can count on Michael Bastian — the prince of preppy menswear on Dianbol (that’s a steroid for all you non-muscleheads) — to have at least one smokeshow model flashing an eight-pack, coming down the runway. His fall ’12 show was no exception — apparently despite the chill, it’s never too cold to show some flesh, post-David Barton workout, perhaps?

And, speaking of dropping temps, Bastian outdid himself this season, opening his act with some high-drama music and rolling fog, before dropping fake snow from the ceiling as the finale approached. Appropriate, given the pieces on offer: corduroy suits, slim shawl tuxedos, quilted hunter jackets, and lots and lots of fine wool.

From a black-tie dinner at The Palace in St. Moritz to a joint-smoking weekend in Millbrook (or James Bond ski-retreat courtesy of a silk robe/boxers combo), MB’s pieces ensure that no globe-trotting man with money to burn will need turn to any other designer. And dog lovers are in luck too — Bastian sent not only a French bulldog down the catwalk, but also dachshunds in the form of sweaters and scarves. Also on tap? The debut of Lulu Frost’s new range for dudes, J. Frost — the lines flower boutonniers were attached to jacket lapels, hats and bags. And, thankfully Stubbs & Wootton returned again, with new slippers and bags that prove you can match your shoes to your carryalls, and go sockless in winter (or get in on the trend and sport hunter green, light purple, and yes, white socks). Add the return of Tyson Beckford to this wintry mix, and you’ve got enough motivation to start saving — for a puppy, a trainer, and/or a first-class ticket to Switzerland.