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Sartorial Superstars Part 3: Michael Bastian

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by Eugenia Gonzalez, Michael Bastian==2011 CFDA Awards - Inside Arrivals==Alice Tully Hall, NYC==June 06, 2011==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - CLINT SPAULDING/PatrickMcMullan.com====
Thursday, August 18, 2011
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From the pages of Avenue’s August issue; Amy Smith gives you a go-to-guide for men’s fashion this coming season.

Michael Bastian
Occupation: Head designer of Michael Bastian and Gant by Michael Bastian
Hometown: Lyons, N.Y.
Celebrity fans: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Gerard Butler

What three words would you use to describe the Michael Bastian aesthetic?
“American, unstudied and introspective.”

The “Susan Lucci” of the fashion world no more—designer Michael Bastian finally received the much-deserved title of “Menswear Designer of the Year” at the 2011 CFDA Awards after not one, not two, but four previous nominations. The timing for this recognition could not have been more appropriate, as this year has been one of many changes and regrouping. After buying back the rights to his eponymous label and becoming an entirely independent business, Bastian moved his team into a brand new studio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, with designers like Stella McCartney and Simon Spurr residing in the same building. Prized as one of America’s most promising menswear designers of our time, Bastian has made a name for himself perfecting the classic elements of sportswear with a commitment to quality and an uncanny attention to detail. From Polo Ralph Lauren to Bergdorf Goodman, Bastian’s résumé boasts experience with some of the biggest names in American fashion, which is strongly reflected in his designs for both his eponymous label as well as his collaborative line, Gant by Michael Bastian. With an award in his back pocket and a bevy of A-List admirers, the designer confidently moves onwards and upwards, promising to remain one of the bright names in contemporary American fashion.
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