Fashion Week Shows & Backstage

Surf's up! Michael Bastian's Spring/Summer collection was a tribute to the perennial beach icon, the lifeguard. The tightly edited collection of laid back separates and and slim cut suits was elegant and true to the American sportswear tradition. The mix of presentation and runway show allowed for personal interaction with the clothing itself - up close the quality and detail within the pieces was evident. The look was all about ease - whether the Bastian male is relaxing in cutoffs and a neat polo or dressed to the nines in a modern take on the three piece suit - he remains down to earth and never overdone. Continual favorites Phillip Huang and Terron Wood looked cool and chic in head to toe Bastian while Oraine displayed the sartorial finest in the natty purple hued blazer. The entire affair was a lesson on unaffected elegance.

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